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Bernanke is Time's person of 2009

Though Congress is divided on his job performance, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been named Time's person of the year. The magazine explained: "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." The runners-up were Gen. Stanley McChrystal, "the Chinese Worker," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.