Putin Named Time 'Person of the Year'
Russian president beats out Al Gore.
Itâs âPutin,â not âYou,â in 2007.
Time magazine unveiled its perennially-hyped âPerson of the Yearâ today. That person? Vladimir Putin.
The Russian president beat out Al Gore, J.K. Rowling, world leaders such as Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and âMother EarthââNBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williamsâ choiceâfor the honor. The announcement was made by Time managing editor Richard Stengel on the Today show.
Putin was chosen "for an extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability,â Stengel said.
Last year, the magazine was criticizedâand equally applaudedâfor its selection of âYouâ as Person of the Year.