ALL ABOUT ANGELA: The choice is Angela Merkel.
Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time magazine, revealed on the “Today” show this morning that the title’s Person of the Year is German Chancellor Angela Merkel because of her handling of both the European debt crisis and the flood of thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. “She has stepped up in a way that was uncharacteristic even for her,” Gibbs said on “Today.” “She’s been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the west. She controls the world’s fourth-largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world.”
Merkel is the first individual woman to receive the honor since Time changed the cover story from “Man of the Year” to “Person of the Year.”
Merkel beat out three men as well as a group of activists. Other finalists for Person of the Year were Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, because of the nuclear arms deal with the West; the Black Lives Matter movement; Donald Trump, and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Gibbs said Trump didn’t get it because, first, the magazine has never chosen a presidential candidate for the award. She also said that, “If he is as good at winning votes as he is at winning news cycles, we’ll be here a year from now” and Trump might be the choice.
Let’s see if, given all the news The Donald has generated over the last few days for his views on barring Muslim immigrants, he lands on the cover of the next issue of Time.