President George W. Bush again holds the title of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” — beating out Michael Moore, Mel Gibson and even his political adviser, Karl Rove.
After a grueling campaign and a second election win behind him, Bush remains a polarizing figure in America and around the world, and that’s part of the reason the magazine selected him, said Managing Editor Jim Kelly.
“Many, many Americans deeply wish he had not won,” Kelly said. “And yet he did.”
Bush, tapped in 2000 by Time, joins six other presidents who have twice been named the magazine’s Person of the Year: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower (first as a general), Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Franklin Roosevelt holds the record with three nods from the editors.