Li Cohen – CBS News
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2020. The annual recognition, which is awarded to “the individual or group of people who affected the news or our lives the most, for better or worse,” was announced on Thursday.
This is the first time a vice president has been named as a Person of the Year, Time said.
“The Biden-Harris ticket represents something historic,” Time tweeted alongside a video of the announcement. “Person of the Year is not just about the year that was, but about where we’re headed.”
Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief and CEO of Time, said in the video that “the next four years are going to be an enormous test of them and all of us to see whether they can bring about the unity they’ve promised.”
“Biden and Harris share a faith that empathetic governance can restore the solidarity we’ve lost,” Time Magazine wrote in its tribute to the winners. “… All new Presidents inherit messes from their predecessors, but Biden is the first to have to think about literally decontaminating the White House. Combatting the pandemic is only the start of the challenge, at home and abroad. There are alliances to rebuild, a stimulus package to pass, a government to staff.”
Time pointed to a long list of executive orders the president-elect is planning to implement as soon as he enters the White House, including restoring DACA, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, and reversing travel bans.
“Even if Trump still captivates a broad swath of the country, the President-elect believes the rancor will fade as Trump exits stage right,” Time wrote. “…On Jan. 20, the lights will come up, and the show will go on.”
Three other individuals or groups were on the shortlist for the recognition: The movement for racial justice, Donald Trump, and frontline health care workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci.