The title 'Person of the Year' for the year 2020 by Time magazine is awarded to the President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. The pair won the honor "changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division."
Person of the Year is an annual issue of the U.S magazine Time that features and profiles someone who has done the most to influence the year's events.
The same title for the year 2020 is earned by President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. This year marks the first time an incoming vice president has been included on the list.
According to Edward Felsenthal, Time's editor-in-chief, the pair won the honor for "changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, and for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world."
Per the Sky News report, t's not the first time the title is awarded to the president. Every president receives it since Franklin D Roosevelt at some point during their term.
Other nominees for the award in 2020 included Biden's rival, President Donald Trump, frontline healthcare workers, top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the movement for racial justice. Following Biden's election win last month, the magazine said he "had the vision, set the tone and topped the ticket".
Meanwhile, acknowledging Harris' role in the Democratic victory, they said that she represented something that Biden did not: "Generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America's diversity."
Harris will become the first female vice president, as well as the first black or Asian-American vice president.
In her victory speech, Sky News reports, Harris said: "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last."
"To the woman most responsible for my presence here today - my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts," she said.
"When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn't quite imagine this moment.
But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. And so, I'm thinking about her and about the generations of women - black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment tonight."
As per Sky News, Biden and Harris received more votes than any other candidates in US Presidental history, garnering 81 million votes and counting.
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