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Time's 2007 Person of the Year: Vladimir Putin

Time magazine has named former Russian President Vladimir Putin the 2007 "Person of the Year".

Time's 2007 Person of the Year: Vladimir Putin Time Magazine named the "former" Russian President and future Prime Minister Vladimir Putin the 2007 Person of the Year. "No one is born with a stare like Vladimir Putin's. The Russian President's pale blue eyes are so cool, so devoid of emotion that the stare must have begun as an affect, the gesture of someone who understood that power might be achieved by the suppression of ordinary needs, like blinking. The affect is now seamless, which makes talking to the Russian President not just exhausting but often chilling. It's a gaze that says, I'm in charge," writes Time Magazine about the 2007 Person of the Year.

 Vladimir Putin was chosen by the magazine out of eight candidates and is sure to put a dent in the odds makers pockets. As we reporter earlier in the week, the online sportsbook Bodog Sports had odds on who will become the Time's 2007 Person of the Year and Vladimir Putin was listed with the long-shot odds of 11/1, meaning the bookie will now payout 11 for every 1 bet. The favorite was Al Gore, listed with odds 10/11, followed by J.K. Rowling. Vladimir Putin had the worst odds on becoming the Person of the Year, along with Hu Jintao, both listed at 11/1. In typical Putin-style, underdog is not what it used to be.

 Published on 12/19/2007

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