Billie Grimes is Time magazine's Person of the Year 2003, one of three soldiers representing Time magazine's Person of the Year. Manage your notifications here: What exactly is this? (CNN) — Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 is "the American soldier." Billie L. Wahlberg, a photographer for Time, said of the selection process: "I spent several weeks traveling across America to meet with U.S. troops. I talked to them about their lives before deployment and during their service abroad. I asked them what they thought the role of a soldier is in today's world and how they feel about being called 'heroes' by some people and 'warriors' by others.
Time editors chose the soldier as their top pick because of his or her "remarkable courage and selflessness in the face of danger," saying that the soldier has "shown more bravery than most of us will ever know." The person of the year is selected by Time editors based on their belief that the events of the past year have had an impact on who we are as a society and how we function as a government.
The person of the year is not an election year choice and does not vote for president. He or she is chosen by Time editors who look at how individuals have influenced the world through their actions over time.
Person of the Year is an annual edition of the American magazine Time that has been published since 1927. Every year, Time selects the person they believe has had the greatest influence on the events of that year (whether those things were good or bad). They also give an explanation as to why they have selected this person.
Time's choice has always reflected some aspect of world politics and society, although over time it has also included celebrities and even sports figures. The first eight editions of Time did not include a cover image; instead, they showed photographs from the inside pages. In 1933, when they began printing covers, they were divided into four sections: international affairs, America's affairs, science and technology, and the human interest story.
The most recent selection was made by TIME's editors in New York. They chose North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un as their Person of the Year for 2013.
Kim Jong-un has been praised for his leadership skills after leading North Korea to become a nuclear power. But he has also been criticized for his brutal regime. Under his rule, thousands of people have been executed or imprisoned without trial. Many North Koreans are starving to death or dying of disease with no access to medical care. Female babies are killed after birth or abandoned to die alone.
Dec. 19, 2012 — Barack Obama has been voted Time magazine's Person of the Year for the second time, beating out a Pakistani teenager, Egypt's new president, and a previous president.
Obama is the first person from his country to be named Person of the Year. He is also only the third American to be chosen twice, after Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton.
Time editors said they selected Obama because of "his success in addressing the issues that dominated world politics in 2012: growth and poverty, war and peace, population and environment."
He received 33% of the vote against 13% for Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 11% for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' right to an education.
Clinton was named Person of the Year in 1996 when he was president. Lincoln was selected in 1865 when he was president-elect. Each man's picture appears on the cover of the issue naming them as its subjects.
Obama has won more awards than any other candidate in history. He has won more Nobel prizes than any other person too!