The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, and the vice president, Kamala Harris, were chosen as Person of the Year by “Time” magazine, highlighting that this distinction “is not only because of the year that was, but because of what is to come” and that both represent “something historic.”
This was highlighted by the editor-in-chief of Time, Edward Felsenthal, to justify the reasons for this election in which for the first time the magazine, which has already designated several presidents of the country as people of the year, decides to include the president’s political partner.
«The next four years are going to be a great test for them and for all of us, to see how far they can achieve the unity they have promised, “added Felsenthal.
Felsenthal was referring to the victory speech pronounced by both politicians on November 7 and in which Biden presented himself as a conciliatory leader who seeks to end political polarization in the country and in which the former vice president of Barack Obama between 2009 and 2017 said: “This is the moment to heal in America.
In its praise of both, the magazine compares its electoral victory against Trump to the Greek myth of the death of the minotaur at the hands of Theseus.
“Defeating the minotaur was one thing, finding the way to get out of the maze It’s another ”, assures Time, which describes some of the most pressing problems that his presidency will face: The pandemic, the educational delay due to the closings of schools, the economic crisis caused by Covid-19 or the radical partisan division.
Biden’s Unity Message
Charlotte Alter, a ‘Time’ correspondent, also insisted that ‘Biden developed a message of unity and healing at a time when the country was sicker and more divided than almost any other time in American history. “
«When I first announced my candidacy I was very precise about what to unite the United States we weren’t going to respond to hate with hate to restore the soul of the country, “Biden told Time before insisting that American unity is his goal.
The Times sums it up by stating that during the election campaign Biden “believed that the majority of voters I just wanted reconciliation after four years of combat, they craved decency, dignity, experience and competence, “after the experience of being governed by President Donad Trump.
The first female vice president
The magazine also highlighted that Biden had chosen a woman as his electoral traveling companion for the first time, Kamala Harris, of whom he valued his “charisma” and his “toughness” in questioning the officials of the Trump Administration.
Time did not want to forget either the importance of its origin, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, nor her professional career as California attorney general before winning her seat in the Upper House of the US Congress in 2016.
A complementary couple
In its presentation, another aspect in which the publication also wanted to emphasize is that the couple who will take the reins of the country next January it is complemented by offering “together, restoration and renovation: the United States bought what they sold in the elections with the highest participation in a century.”
“Biden and Harris share the faith in which an empathic government can restore the solidarity that we have lost, ”Time points out in another moment of the presentation peppered with continuous praise and a clear hope that the dark times sown by Donald Trump will be left behind forever.