This has not been a good week for President Obama. First he loses the Senate, then he loses to Vladimir Putin.
Forbes magazine has released its list of the “World’s Most Powerful People” and Obama came in second to the president of Russia. This marks the third time in his presidency that he has come in No. 2 on the list. Twice behind Putin and once to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, third on this year’s list.
“So who’s more powerful: the omnipotent head of (a) corroding but still feisty power or the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world?” Forbes asked.”For the second year running, our votes went with the Russian president as the world’s most powerful person, followed by U.S. President Barack Obama.”
The magazine further explained its pick.
“No one would call Vladmir Putin a good guy,” said Forbes. “In 2014 he strong-armed his way into possession of Crimea and waged an ugly proxy war in neighboring Ukraine, during which an almost certainly Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile downed a civilian jetliner. But as the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would ever call him weak.”
Rounding out the top 10 were Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen, Bill Gates, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, tied for ninth Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page and in 10th place British Prime Minister David Cameron.
What’s really interesting about this is the Forbes list had to have been compiled before Tuesday’s election results were known — even if the forecast was clear.
If they hadn’t been, Obama might not have beaten the pope.
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