Is Putin. That idiot Gore is a runner up, which means some people at Time are idiots. General Petraeus is also a runner up which means not everyone at Time is an idiot.
The choice is supposed to recognize
this statement "TIME's Person of the Year is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse the person who had the greatest impact on the world" Again, Gore? I blame the stupid Nobel people for this!
Putin = great, if malevolent impact. He is definitely shaping the world.
Petraeus - positive and profound impact
Gore = irritation - not impact. If Al Gore is impacting your life....you aren't reading Time....you're reading some supermarket tabloid. If you think he is impacting the world what you're feeling is not impact, it's irritation.....I'm sure if you call your doctor he has a pill for that or at least some cream to rub on the chafed parts.