TIME magazine missed the mark with their Person of the Year this time I think. Joe and Kamala just did what politicians are gonna do: they played the game, read the room, and won. And while I'm glad they did, for no reason than to clear out the dreck, there were others far more deserving of that designation.
This mockup created by (as far as I can discern) people on Imgur, would have been far more appropriate. The nurses and doctors and technicians working soul-crushing shifts trying to keep people alive, the cooks and aides feeding the sick, the cleaning staff risking their lives to keep patient rooms and hospital hallways as sterile as possible...the people that are continuing to push on when it seems like the rest of the world is doing everything they can to make their jobs that much more difficult.
There are hundreds of people who worked and continue to work their asterisks off to keep food on tables and in bellies, volunteering to get necessities to those who have found themselves out of work and out of money, from grocery store employees to truckers to food pantry volunteers...all would have been good choices for the cover of TIME.
I like Joe and Kamala. I look forward to breathing a sigh of relief when they're sworn into office. But there was a better choice to be made for a distinction that carries weight and merit, and TIME dropped the ball on it.