After President Donald Trump trashed TIME magazine on Twitter earlier Friday evening, he swore he earned their "Person of the Year" for 2017 but turned it down.
Karen Tumulty, who previously wrote for TIME, revealed that when former President Barack Obama was named in 2008 it took a lot of "pestering" and effort to finally sit down for the interview during the transition. She also explained that "the managing editor is the committee of one who decides Person of the Year."
In 2008, TIME decided to make @BarackObama Person of the Year. Took a lot of pestering of @danpfeiffer on my part t… https://t.co/11KKBDg0vi— Karen Tumulty (@Karen Tumulty)1511566746.0
Reporter Bill Shea joked that he was named TIME person of the year in 2006 but never got an interview or a photo shoot. That year, TIME announced the winner was "you" amid the social media revolution.
I was Time's Person of the Year in 2006. They didn't ask me for an interview or photo shoot. https://t.co/qQK2nzWTi5— Bill Shea (@Bill Shea)1511563770.0
TIME's offices were closed for the holiday leaving journalists only their Twitter followers to hear their complaints for confirmation. The rest of the post-holiday social media crowd sought outright mockery.
There were those who mocked Trump by quoting back one of his own famous phrases, "Believe me." And gifs of Oprah pointing to audience members announcing what she was awarding them with. "You get person of the year! YOU get person of the year!"
See some of the best below:
"You didn't break up with me, *I* broke up with *you*! You were holding me back anyways, why was I ever even intere… https://t.co/BJ0PDred1p— Alex Parker (@Alex Parker)1511567058.0
@realDonaldTrump Jesus Christ you need to resign— Boomer Beamer (not a real boomer) (@Boomer Beamer (not a real boomer))1511563295.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/czWA5w6xxO— Thomas Belasco (@Thomas Belasco)1511563879.0
Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sur… https://t.co/0xQVsRaFlg— Richard Stengel (@Richard Stengel)1511565144.0
Aw, don't feel bad Trump, I'm sure #TimeMagazine will select you as the Person of the Year next year after you're impeached.— chaplinlives (@chaplinlives)1511567337.0
Time Magazine usually names their person of the year around this time. I’d suggest awarding it to all of the courag… https://t.co/zcWhm9m5RQ— PrisondentialTrump (@PrisondentialTrump)1511565844.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/0zm6JLafod— Chris Collier (@Chris Collier)1511564577.0
@realDonaldTrump Nobody cares.— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1511565756.0
@realDonaldTrump And this affects the citizens of the country you're supposed to govern how? #ActLikeAPresident— OurBlessedAdventures (@OurBlessedAdventures)1511567055.0
@realDonaldTrump Stay humble— dan haren (@dan haren)1511563276.0
@realDonaldTrump Yeah we know you only do interviews with fake journalists like Hannity.— Jerry Coleman (@Jerry Coleman)1511563364.0
@realDonaldTrump Sorry, TIME does not notify people, anyone, they're a "probably". They only announce and discuss those in the voting— Jill - (@Jill -)1511564027.0
It's going to be so sweet when they make Colin Kaepernick Time Person of the Year. Trump's Twitter meltdown will be glorious.— Denizcan James (@Denizcan James)1511566182.0
Time Magazine cannot decide which cover to use for Trumps "Man (Person) of the Year" issue. @realdonaldtrump https://t.co/2rHNwOzemK— Sore Loser Trump (@Sore Loser Trump)1511565818.0
TIME should name Malia Obama person of the year for putting up with this BS for so long.— Clint Smith (@Clint Smith)1511566592.0