October 09, 1997 12:00 AM

Time has named George W. Bush its Person of the Year 2000. (Time, like PEOPLE, is published by Time Inc.) In its cover story, the magazine describes the president-elect, 54, as the symbol of a “conflicted” U.S. electorate and a man who will try and fix things with a “big picture” approach to problems. “By his narrow and contested victory,” says Time, “he became a symbol of an electorate that was not (as some have contended) deeply ideologically divided but was instead rather conflicted and ambivalent as it split the difference between the two parties.”

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