Person of the Year

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2009 is Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke. You may be wondering, “huh?” But at least it isn’t Barack Obama for the umpteenth time. Or an abstract non-person, such as the Computer.

Usually, we play this game before the announcement and we can see if anyone guesses who wins it, but the announcement keeps getting earlier every year, it seems like. But we can easily second guess this choice. Who do YOU think should be Person of the Year?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Kirk

    I’m surprised they chose Bernanke over Geithner. The latter has certainly been in the news more.

  • Kirk

    I’m surprised they chose Bernanke over Geithner. The latter has certainly been in the news more.

  • http://pastoralkorn.blogspot.com Alan

    Barack Obama should have won it, of course.

    And he should have won the Heisman, too.

  • http://pastoralkorn.blogspot.com Alan

    Barack Obama should have won it, of course.

    And he should have won the Heisman, too.

  • John

    Ron Paul!

  • John

    Ron Paul!

  • Kirk

    Carrie Prejean!

  • Kirk

    Carrie Prejean!

  • Arfies

    Tiger Woods, of course, for lightening the mood of the whole country at a time of financial distress, and for the encouragement he has given to all the tellers of jokes, and for his sterling example of being a loving husband and father.

  • Arfies

    Tiger Woods, of course, for lightening the mood of the whole country at a time of financial distress, and for the encouragement he has given to all the tellers of jokes, and for his sterling example of being a loving husband and father.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “At least it isn’t Barack Obama for the umpteenth time.” Umpteenth? You spell that word funny. I spell it: second.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “At least it isn’t Barack Obama for the umpteenth time.” Umpteenth? You spell that word funny. I spell it: second.

  • Manxman

    The Tea Party people

  • Manxman

    The Tea Party people

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Bernie Madoff. Not because he did anything good – but that is not what POTY is for, necessarily.

    Because he personifies the greed and corruption that caused this crisis.

    (Admittedly, there are many other candidates for this role, but he is the first one that came to mind…)

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Bernie Madoff. Not because he did anything good – but that is not what POTY is for, necessarily.

    Because he personifies the greed and corruption that caused this crisis.

    (Admittedly, there are many other candidates for this role, but he is the first one that came to mind…)

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    According to the supposed conventions of this recognition, I would’ve thought that H1N1 would have qualified as at least a runner-up. But then, I think that any article about the “Virus of the Year” would have to acknowledge the ridiculous amount of hype the media created on that topic. For obvious reasons, the media tends not to engage in such reflection.

    I’m not sure Bernanke was the person who best exemplifies the economic news that dominated this year, but I do agree that the economy was the story of the year, for better or worse.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    According to the supposed conventions of this recognition, I would’ve thought that H1N1 would have qualified as at least a runner-up. But then, I think that any article about the “Virus of the Year” would have to acknowledge the ridiculous amount of hype the media created on that topic. For obvious reasons, the media tends not to engage in such reflection.

    I’m not sure Bernanke was the person who best exemplifies the economic news that dominated this year, but I do agree that the economy was the story of the year, for better or worse.

  • http://www.fatherhollywood.blogspot.com Rev. Larry Beane

    Bernanke, the Counterfeiter in Chief. The mainstream media are such lackeys. I wonder if they’ll stand by that choice when their cover price for an issue of Time (if it still exists) will be in the billions of dollars like in Zimbabwe. What a farce!

  • http://www.fatherhollywood.blogspot.com Rev. Larry Beane

    Bernanke, the Counterfeiter in Chief. The mainstream media are such lackeys. I wonder if they’ll stand by that choice when their cover price for an issue of Time (if it still exists) will be in the billions of dollars like in Zimbabwe. What a farce!

  • Peter Leavitt

    I’d go for Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Representative, who has put together a Roadmap for America that is fiscally realistic and solves such problems as Social Security and Health Care, while resisting the sentimental totalitarian solutions of the Left. This fellow has the sort of level-headed vision and confidence that our country desperately needs.

  • Peter Leavitt

    I’d go for Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Representative, who has put together a Roadmap for America that is fiscally realistic and solves such problems as Social Security and Health Care, while resisting the sentimental totalitarian solutions of the Left. This fellow has the sort of level-headed vision and confidence that our country desperately needs.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I vote for Elin Nordegren, who put the nation’s adulterers on notice that the spurned wives of the world were paying attention when Dick Armey made his famous comments in the aftermath of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I vote for Elin Nordegren, who put the nation’s adulterers on notice that the spurned wives of the world were paying attention when Dick Armey made his famous comments in the aftermath of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

  • Joe

    Peter – I agree with your sentiment – if only the rest of the country was paying attention to his efforts and reading his road map.

  • Joe

    Peter – I agree with your sentiment – if only the rest of the country was paying attention to his efforts and reading his road map.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    One of my friends has really good ideas about how things should be, and nobody listens to him, either. Maybe he should be considered for this recognition, as well.

    Or perhaps the “Person of the Year” is about something different.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    One of my friends has really good ideas about how things should be, and nobody listens to him, either. Maybe he should be considered for this recognition, as well.

    Or perhaps the “Person of the Year” is about something different.

  • Mike

    The person of the year clearly should be Obama, whether you hate him or love him. My understanding of the main criterion for the award is the person who has had the greatest impact on the world. That person is certainly Obama. Obama may be sending us to hell in a handbasket, but he has had more impact on the world by far than anyone else this year (a U.S. president tends have a lot of impact no matter what, especially in the first year of his first term). However, Bernanke is not a bad choice if you just want to escape from Obamaworld. When the world experiences financial turmoil of the magnitude we have over the past year, the actions of any Fed chair, good and bad, are bound to be consequential.

  • Mike

    The person of the year clearly should be Obama, whether you hate him or love him. My understanding of the main criterion for the award is the person who has had the greatest impact on the world. That person is certainly Obama. Obama may be sending us to hell in a handbasket, but he has had more impact on the world by far than anyone else this year (a U.S. president tends have a lot of impact no matter what, especially in the first year of his first term). However, Bernanke is not a bad choice if you just want to escape from Obamaworld. When the world experiences financial turmoil of the magnitude we have over the past year, the actions of any Fed chair, good and bad, are bound to be consequential.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    My miscount, tODD. I guess I had in mind how many times President Obama has been on the cover of TIME.

  • http://www.geneveith.com geneveith

    My miscount, tODD. I guess I had in mind how many times President Obama has been on the cover of TIME.

  • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal (GT)

    I think I would have picked the US Unemployed Worker.

    One thing is for sure Bernanke is probably the most powerful. After all, who else can print trillions of dollars out of nothing.?

  • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal (GT)

    I think I would have picked the US Unemployed Worker.

    One thing is for sure Bernanke is probably the most powerful. After all, who else can print trillions of dollars out of nothing.?

  • Bruce Gee

    Gene Edward Veith. And I don’t even need a better grade this semester!

  • Bruce Gee

    Gene Edward Veith. And I don’t even need a better grade this semester!


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