Tesla CEO Elon Musk was recently named TIME Magazine’s 2021 Person of the Year. For the ceremony celebrating the coveted achievement, the tech mogul took along a super special plus one.
On Monday night, shortly after his announcement, Musk joined TIME’s Editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, for a Q&A session in New York and blessed the audience with the presence of his adorable mini-me X Æ A-XII.
Elon Musk And X Æ A-XII At TIME’s P.O.T.Y Ceremony
The Tesla and Space X Chief wowed the spectators and press when he walked in with baby X Æ A-XII for the session. The crowd burst out in coos and awws at the sight of the cute toddler before they erupted into cheers.
Baby X seemed well adjusted to the fame as he didn’t make a fuss and charmingly accepted the cheers and stares. On the other hand, Elon proved to be the ultimate doting dad as he cuddled his boy throughout the discussion.
The father-son duo bore a striking resemblance as X clung tightly to his father while Felsenthal made little jokes. Given the public’s reaction to Musk being named Person of the Year, X’s presence at the Q&A undoubtedly did wonders.
A video of the duo walking into the venue has received over 12,000 likes on Twitter, with fans in the comments doting over the little one.
Musk Is All About ‘Mars And Cars’
During the sit-down with Felsenthal, Musk answered some pressing questions about his plans for the coming year and what the public can expect from his companies.
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) December 14, 2021
When asked what was more important between rockets and cars, the 50-year-old answered, saying both were important. He then clarified his stance, saying, “My career is Mars and cars. We need to transition into sustainable energy and become a space-faring civilization.”
As for his plans to journey into space and finally be at par with his competitors, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, Elon is no rush to achieve space travel just yet. “I will go up at some point,” he declared.
However, the billionaire who holds the title of the richest man in the world swears by a life philosophy that prevents “paving the way to hell with good intentions.”
Musk explained that Space X has a mission “to help make humanity a space-faring civilization and ultimately a multi-planet species, so as to expand the scope and scale of consciousness.”
The Public’s Reaction To Musk’s New Title
When announcing Musk as 2021 Person of the Year, TIME’s editor-in-chief said, “[Few] individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too. In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.”
— TIME (@TIME) December 13, 2021
The prestigious magazine defended their choice, but many fans were critical of their selection, asking why Musk was worthy of being given such a title.
As we reported, some internet reactions to the P.O.T.Y include a fan asking, “For what exactly? Someone tell me what this guy did besides step on other people so he can climb higher.”
While another added, “Ugh. It should’ve been the Capitol Police officers who saved our democracy on January 6.”