You never can tell which guy or gal the guys and gals at Time, the no-longer-relevant news magazine started up nearly a century ago by Henry Luce, is going to feature as its POY (person of the year). In 2012 the POY was a POC — Barack Obama — who was a curious choice about whom then-contributor Michael Scherer wrote, “The campaign wasn’t pretty, and the economy worse. But he reasserted himself as a potent architect for a changing America.” Some endorsement!
Last year, Time’s POY was another president, this one shown metaphorically sitting calmly — Nero-like — at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office while the world appeared to be crashing down around him.
This year the magazine floated a list of ten people, one of which was Donald Trump redux (no advance notice on which natural disaster would be threatening humanity this time). Other contenders included Nancy Pelosi, the “Whistleblower,” Rudy Giuliani, Megan Rapinoe, and Mark Zuckerberg. Any of these choices would have been interesting, but Time went in a different direction. Here, without further ado, is their person of the year for 2019:
The two genuine quotes on the right side of the page were added by our staff artists, though it seems Time missed a golden opportunity in omitting them.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we can’t have nice things.