Putin Named Time 'Person of the Year'
Russian president beats out Al Gore.
Itâ€™s â€śPutin,â€ť not â€śYou,â€ť in 2007.
Time magazine unveiled its perennially-hyped â€śPerson of the Yearâ€ť 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 â€śMother Earthâ€ťâ€”NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williamsâ€™ choiceâ€”for 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€ť Stengel said.
Last year, the magazine was criticizedâ€”and equally applaudedâ€”for its selection of â€śYouâ€ť as Person of the Year.