Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, 56, was named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine, the publication announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show this morning.

There were six finalists for “Person of the Year,” including U.S. President Barack Obama; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.’s co-founder and chief executive officer; the Chinese worker, an “increasingly influential group”; General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan; and Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold-medalist Usain Bolt.

Time, owned by Time Warner Inc., started the annual “Person of the Year” cover story in 1927 with Charles Lindbergh, other winners include: Stalin made it twice, Hitler once.

The magazine chose Obama last year.

With the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, “Person of the year”: Why is it that I’m reminded of these anologies:

Its like rewarding the Captain of the Titanic for getting everyone off the sinking ship after he rammed it into an iceberg. Rewarding a doctor for sewing your leg back on after he accidentally amputated it. Rewarding someone for putting out a fire in your burning house after they set it. Rewarding someone for cleaning up a pile of crap on your floor after they took it.

File Under: At least it wasn’t Barney Frank.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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