Obamacare problems and government shutdowns aside, the administration’s world-stage pratfall over the Syrian civil allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to upstage President Obama on the Forbes annual list of the World’s Most Powerful People.
Selected by the financial publication’s top editors, the list includes heads of state, as well as religious and financial leaders.
“Obama’s lame duck period has set in earlier than usual for a two-term president, causing him to drop one notch from the No. 1 spot,” Forbes wrote.
Of the Russian president, Forbes wrote:
“Anyone watching the chess match over Syria has a clear idea of the shift in the power towards Putin. The ex-KGB strongman — who controls a nuclear-tipped army, a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves — is allowed to serve two more terms, which could keep him office until 2024.”
That’s bad news for Obama fans, of course. But it’s bad news for the rest of America, too.
Here’s the rest of the list. For the explanations, see the Forbes list here:
No. 3: Chinese President Xi Jinping.
No. 4: Pope Francis.
No. 5: German Chancellor Angele Merkel.
No. 6: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.
No. 7: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chairman Bill Gates.
No. 8: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.
No. 9: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.
No. 10: Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke.