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Old 12-19-2004, 02:26 PM   #16
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Yeah, if they're going strictly on most influential person, Bush would qualify-whether or not you find his influence a good or a bad one, he definitely did have some influence this year. Course, there were tons of other influential people running around this year, too.

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I give a thumbs up!

I think it is impressive that he managed to be re-elected considering the fact that no other candidate winning throught the electoral college the first time has ever been elected a second term.
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I give a thumbs up!

I think it is impressive that he managed to be re-elected considering the fact that no other candidate winning throught the electoral college the first time has ever been elected a second term.
I will give him this.
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I think it should be pointed out that "Person of the Year" isn't necessarily given because they *approve* of the person. Rather, they decide that the person is the most influential person of the year. In 1979 they caused a storm of controversy by picking the Ayatollah Khoumeni. Did this mean they liked Khoumeni? Certainly not. He was the person they chose as having the most political influence at the time. Bush, like it or not, is the most influential politician in the world right now. I have never supported him and still don't. I'm disappointed that they endorsed his leadership style, which I'm not a fan of. I personally find it a bit heavy-handed at times. Some years they don't even choose a person. In 1989 they chose the people of the old Warsaw pact countries as "people of the year" for kicking their communist dictators out on their asses. One year the Earth was chosen as the "Planet of the Year".
Exactly. They don't always choose a person they approve of. I hate Bush myself, and it's too bad this thing could be giving him credit, but I understand their choice in terms of importance or influence. If I remember correctly they also have named Hitler and Stalin in their times, so here you go...
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But even in the influential dept, it's truly Karl Rove and the advisors who drive a lot of the influencing...Bush is just a figurehead. Then there's Colin Powell who gets to smooth out all the bumps.

I don't think that Bush was the best choice for this, I was quite irritated this morning when I heard that, although not entirely surprised.
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And I'm glad I let my subscription run out last month
I let my subscription run out a couple of months ago too!

And I'm not re-subscribing thanks to dubious editorial decisions like this. (Although the U2 feature last month WAS nice.)
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I honestly think Karl Rove is more deserving.
I agree. The man behind the throne.
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a) He was the most influential person in '04. If you go by Times criteria, he would have won the Free Your Mind Person Of The Year as well.

b) Don't Time always give it to the elected/re-elected Pres in an election year?
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As for Bush, 49 percent of respondents said they approved of the job the president is doing. That number is down from his November approval rating of 55 percent. Bush is the first incumbent president to have an approval rating below 50 percent one month after winning re-election.
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a) He was the most influential person in '04. If you go by Times criteria, he would have won the Free Your Mind Person Of The Year as well.

b) Don't Time always give it to the elected/re-elected Pres in an election year?
Clinton was Man of The Year in 1992, when he was elected.
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