Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named Time magazine’s 2020 Person of the Year.
On Thursday, the news magazine announced that the president-elect and the vice president-elect have been given the prestigious title, which aims to describe a person or persons who have greatly influenced the events of the year.
“Biden had the vision, set the tone and topped the ticket. But he also recognized what he could not offer on his own, what a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America’s diversity,” wrote Charlotte Alter, national correspondent for Time.
“For that, he needed Kamala Harris,” continued Alter. “California Senator, former district attorney and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump Administration officials electrified millions of Democrats. The Vice President has never before been a woman, or Black, or Asian American.”
Other finalists for Person of the Year included President Donald Trump (whose “administration has been highly criticized for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote the publication on Thursday), frontline health care workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci for their work against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the movement for racial justice, for “demanding action to fight racial injustice at the hands of police and any entity that embodies systemic discrimination.”
On Saturday, November 7, numerous outlets including The Associated Press declared Biden and Harris to be the victors of the 2020 presidential election after Biden crossed the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
Since their victory, Biden and Harris have announced members of their cabinet, including an all-female communications team, with former Obama communications director Jennifer Psaki serving as press secretary.
In a statement, Harris described the incoming communications team as “experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering.”
“Our country is facing unprecedented challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will help us do that,” she said.
“These communications professionals express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation.”