Time mag names Ben Bernanke Person of the Year at the same time opposition to him grows in Congress

Time magazine announced today that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is their 2009 Person of the Year.  The editors explained that:

But the main reason Ben Shalom Bernanke is TIME's Person of the Year for 2009 is that he is the most important player guiding the world's most important economy. His creative leadership helped ensure that 2009 was a period of weak recovery rather than catastrophic depression, and he still wields unrivaled power over our money, our jobs, our savings and our national future. The decisions he has made, and those he has yet to make, will shape the path of our prosperity, the direction of our politics and our relationship to the world.

(There's a similar measure in the House sponsored by Texas's Ron Paul).

Yesterday, 17 different organizations - including Public Citizen asked Banking Commitee members to delay the panel's vote until Bernanke's record gets more scrutiny.

Back to Time, their runners up include General Stanley McChrystal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Olympics star Usaine Bolt, and "The Chinese Worker".  Hmmm.  At least that isn't as annoying as that gimmick offered in 2006, when they called "You" the winner, because "of the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet sites such as YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.”

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