SHY MAN OF THE YEAR
Interesting: The Hill reports that Don Rumsfeld was chosen as Time’s Man of the Year but turned down the honor, saying it should go to the troops instead.
It isn’t often that someone turns down an offer to be Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” especially when that someone is as important as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
But that’s what Rumsfeld did when he learned that Time was planning to honor him in its year-end issue last month.
Rumsfeld told guests at a holiday party that in this year of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military deserved the honor more than he did, which is why Army Sgts. Marquette Whiteside and Ronald Buxton and Spc. Billie Grimes turned up on TimeÃ¢€™s Dec. 29 cover.
Time Managing Editor James Kelly appears to confirm Rumseld’s self-effacing act, if only obliquely, in an editorÃ¢€™s note recounting that when he and several other editors “met with Rumsfeld at the Pentagon in November to talk about the war, [the Defense Secretary] made the pitch, unsolicited by us, that the Person of the Year should be the American soldier. (Or as he put it, the American volunteer.)”