George W. Bush now joins the ranks of previous two-time “Person/Man of the Year” winners, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt (three times), and of course, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. The best part of the accompanying article is this conspicuous closing line:
For sharpening the debate until the choices bled, for reframing reality to match his design, for gambling his fortunes-and ours-on his faith in the power of leadership, George W. Bush is TIME’s 2004 Person of the Year.
Who says Time Magazine doesn’t have a sense of humor?
And of course, don’t miss the tagline for the front cover, which boldly declares Bush to be an “American Revolutionary.” What else could you call the policies which have been so effective at repealing 227 years of Constitutional restrictions on government authority, laying the foundation for authoritarian control? Revolutionary indeed, but not all revolutions are good.