Evan Vucci, The Associated PressPresident Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House last Tuesday for a Thanksgiving trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Just how deep is President Donald Trump’s well of narcissistic neediness? Well, The Washington Post reported last Friday: President Trump says that Time magazine was contemplating naming him the “Person of the Year” for a second year in a row but that he pulled himself out of the running because he didn’t want to participate in an interview and photo shoot. “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year,’ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” Trump tweeted on Friday evening. ‘I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Richard Stengel, a former Time editor, responded by tweeting: “Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage.” Later Friday evening, Time disputed the president’s claim, tweeting that he “is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year.” The magazine said it doesn’t comment on its choice until publication, the Associated Press reported. Trump was quickly mocked by everyone from actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus to tennis star Andy Murray. Imagine a self-described billionaire, a man who beat the odds and won the presidency. He’s now the most powerful man in the world, but he feels compelled to make up a story to explain why a magazine isn’t giving him a meaningless tribute. That’s how needy Trump is. AFP photo/Time Inc./Nadav KanderDonald Trump was Time’s 2016 Person of the Year. Last week, he said he turned down being given the award again after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. We would have no particular concern for his happiness and self-regard, given his loathsome character, if not for the danger his total self-absorption poses to the presidency, the country, democracy and the West. His bottomless well of insecurity makes him a sitting duck for authoritarians