Forbes names Obama most powerful person in the world

posted at 8:25 pm on November 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Forbes is calling its annual power players list, “The 70 people who matter.” Thought you did? Think again. We peons just have to hope The One remembers where his power came from — and doesn’t destroy everything we fight for on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, Forbes’ justification for BHO’s top-notch ranking resonates:

Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his reelection, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year. Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the U.S. remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. Plus, Obama’s only legitimate rival for the title, last year’s number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office.

2011 Highlight: Took out the world’s deadliest terrorist in May.

Honestly, maybe it’s time to take a moment to bask in the — what was it again? — American exceptionalism that vaults any U.S. president to the top of any list of the world’s most influential people. That “largest, most innovative economy” and “deadliest military” deserve a little celebration, even in the midst of a depressingly dull economic recovery and our present precarious position on the global stage. OK, so maybe Obama’s venture socialism, regulatory onslaught and stimulus spending haven’t exactly incentivized innovation. Maybe the military does face distressing cuts to defense. Maybe the president’s Middle East policy has paved the way for the rise of Islamist states. The point is, the U.S. hasn’t descended into irrelevance and Barack Obama, as still the president of it, deserves to be named the No. 1 most powerful person in the world. Here’s to hoping some other U.S. president fills this spot in 2013.

In the meantime, a few other highlights from the always-fun-to-peek-through Forbes slideshow:

  • Angela Merkel, at No. 4, is the world’s most powerful woman and rightly so. She “heads Europe’s most vibrant economy and is widely viewed as the de facto leader of the EU.”
  • Pope Benedict XVI is the first religious leader on the list, at No. 7.
  • Baby-faced Mark Zuckerberg, just 27 years old, makes the top 10, at No. 9.
  • Hillary Clinton is the first American woman on the list at No. 16.
  • Michael Bloomberg (No. 17), Tim Geithner (No. 18) and Warren Buffett (No. 20) barely make the top 20.
  • The Koch brothers tie at No. 45. (If they had all the power the left invests them with, they’d rank even higher than that!)
  • Bill Clinton (No. 50) beats the Dalai lama (No. 51).
  • Jill Abramson, who freely admits she’s been a little mean at times to get to the top of the NYT ladder, ranks No. 64.
  • Johnny Boy Boehner barely makes the list, at No. 64.

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If they meant powerfully smelly, I’d agree.

NNtrancer on November 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Able to print trillions with a single click!

TexasDan on November 2, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Geesh, he can barely get his fat head through doors now, he doesn’t need any good press.

Cindy Munford on November 2, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Actually, the head of the Federal Reserve can make or break presidents and isn’t even elected. I call that the most powerful man in the world.

NNtrancer on November 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Not for long.

JammieWearingFool on November 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Mmmm….mmmmm.mmmmm
Now get to work healing the planet.

Electrongod on November 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

….

Skidd on November 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Andrew Shepherd: Uh, any expectations that you might have, given the fact that I’m… you know…
Sydney Ellen Wade: [seductively] The most powerful man in the world?
Andrew Shepherd: Exactly, thank you. I think it’s important you that it’s a political distinction that comes with the office.

The American President

aunursa on November 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

The President of the USA would be in any year. for better, or worse. This year, it is for worse. So, where’s the news?

Dingbat63 on November 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I agree.

Then again, if I were alive during the 1940′s, I would have agreed that a certain transplanted Austrian with questionable taste in facial hair was similarly the most important person in the world, too.

It doesn’t matter that the person is a force for good, or a force for evil.

The Almighty will exact his revenge upon Barack Obama – and the heavens will shake mightily when it happens.

turfmann on November 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

He’s not the most powerful man in the White House. Puhleese…

Hog Wild on November 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I look forward to the media getting real.

You started to, Tina….with your explanation of how he would be the most powerful, but really…..

I pray that we get some REAL Journalists into the MAINSTREAM MEDIA….the AP….REUTERS…etc….to give truths to people about how the world works.
I can’t count on schools. I can’t count on the media.
Thank Goodness for the internet, but really…..

bridgetown on November 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Tina, I am amazed that you can put together a piece like that without hurling.

Well, I hope you didn’t have to hurl.

platypus on November 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM

2011 Highlight: Took out the world’s deadliest terrorist in May.

Fail. Zawahiri is more deadly than Osama.

Fail. Boehner is ranked #67, not #64.

People actually get paid for this garbage.

Christien on November 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Where did the latest post go? They yanked it for some reason?

thphilli on November 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

The Koch bros are more powerful than Soros?

Zetterson on November 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Mark Block: Is Rick Perry going to apologize for this despicable smear or not?

Where did that post go?

thphilli on November 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his reelection, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year. Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the U.S. remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. Plus, Obama’s only legitimate rival for the title, last year’s number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office.

2011 Highlight: Took out the world’s deadliest terrorist in May.

2009-2011 Legacy: Singlehandedly crippling real economic recovery in the U.S.

True, Obama is the most powerful person, the most powerful person who is a true parasite to the country he lives in.

Any other country would have become Chavezed, but the U.S. remains, despite having a hypocritical, corrupt, transparent, communist a$$hole as President.

Danny on November 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM

But Moochelle’s arms are bigger.

SouthernGent on November 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Conspicuously absent… George Soros.

Fallon on November 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Forbes names Obama most powerful person in the world

Hey Forbes, hot tip for ya: Duhhh.

Better story: Forbes names Obama most powerful person incompetant chief of state in the world

Pfft,

petefrt on November 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM

That’s a Peace Prize!

29Victor on November 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM

My response to this article wavers somewhere between nonchalance and mild depression.
Nothin’ more to say.

listens2glenn on November 2, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Coming in just ahead of Obama at #0?

TOTUS.

Christien on November 2, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Sure he is at the top, and the reason is that he causes more evil than nearly anyone else.

burt on November 2, 2011 at 8:48 PM

City of Chicago bid for Olympic games comes to mind.

Skandia Recluse on November 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM

The most powerful man in the world? Doesn’t say much for the world then does it.

iceman1960 on November 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I would say the most powerful person in the world would be the one who can tell Obama which little countries to attack.

NeoKong on November 2, 2011 at 8:59 PM

What no Soros?

multiuseless on November 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Two words: George Soros…

Ace ODale on November 2, 2011 at 9:06 PM

He’s like Clintoon with Reno to provide interference. Zero has got the goods on Holder so Holder owes him and he can pardon Holder for keeping the Dept of Just-us protections from our laws intact.

Zero has access to nuclear weaponry which also, given Obama incompetence, also makes Zero the most dangerous person in the world. He’s appointed two absolute freaks to the Supreme Court thus his danger to the Constitution will outlast his reign. He’s appointed Incompetano who relishes groping the citizenry and putting them in their place and surrounds himself with fake czars whose primary purpose is payoff to the Chicago Way. Zero’s attitude towards Israel further endangers civilization in that region. Obama has great power to do harm to our great nation and by extension, the World, and he certainly has done exactly that.

viking01 on November 2, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Can’t have Soros’ name out there. His connection to the left must be kept from the general masses. If Joe taxpayer was to be shown the real story about what happens to his confiscated hard earned wages Democrats would never hold office again…including state and local

Ditkaca on November 2, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Forbes names Obama most powerful person in the world

And the Stating the Obvious Award goes to…

He’s the freaking President of the United States! If he wasn’t the most powerful man in the world we’d have a problem and he’d be pathetic- well, more pathetic than he already is.

Browncoatone on November 2, 2011 at 9:21 PM

DUH…..He’s up there like a God!!!!

He’s def the Progressive High Priest of the Ruling Class!!!

OBAMA 2012……and beyond!!!

PappyD61 on November 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM

That “largest, most innovative economy” and “deadliest military” deserve a little celebration, even in the midst of a depressingly dull economic recovery and our present precarious position on the global stage.

Indeed. Since when is a “loser” Number 1? He is Number One because of an economy (he’s trying to destroy) and a military that he holds in contempt (until it’s convenient for a photo op).

GarandFan on November 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM

@Browncoatone on November 2, 2011 at 9:21 PM

He’s supposed to be powerful. He is an arrogant idiot, and incapable of leading honestly, decisively, fairly, wisely, and competently. So what does that make him?

chai on November 2, 2011 at 9:27 PM

He’s not only handsome, but a powerful man.

J.E. Dyer on November 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Able to bring down sovereign states with a single speech.

BobMbx on November 2, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Whew .

I just woke up from a terrible nightmare.

I dreamed that a third rate, completely inexperienced ,unqualified, unprincipled minor Chicago left wing street hustler/politician had weaseled and scammed his way into becoming the most powerful person in the world.

(As an addendum ,I intend to personally jump for the throats of every one of the media-brainwashed 52% goo-heads who voted for the SCoaMF.)

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amend2 on November 2, 2011 at 9:40 PM

No Anthony Kennedy on the list? Am I the only one that finds that to be a glaring omission?

sobincorporated on November 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

No.1 has been doing a no.2 on this country.

ChuckTX on November 2, 2011 at 10:29 PM

No.1 has been doing a no.2 on this country.

ChuckTX on November 2, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Tru dat.

petefrt on November 2, 2011 at 10:38 PM

So wait, has the US President been number 1 on that list for the last 65 years? Because that’s the only way that designation makes any sense.

Obama is currently the weakest president – in the literal sense of having the power to effect the world or even the country – since maybe before the Civil War. There isn’t any legislation, good or bad, he can pass, and America’s diplomatic influence of world affairs is at a low point going back before World War I.

No Anthony Kennedy on the list? Am I the only one that finds that to be a glaring omission?

sobincorporated on November 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

HitNRun on November 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Obama is currently the weakest president – in the literal sense of having the power to effect the world or even the country – since maybe before the Civil War. There isn’t any legislation, good or bad, he can pass, and America’s diplomatic influence of world affairs is at a low point going back before World War I.

All true, but remember that in spite of the fact this President has bowed before both a Saudi King and the figure-head Emperor of a conquered nation, this President also waged an entire war without a formal declaration of war, without advice or consent of the Senate and in direct violation of the US Constitution and War Powers act. How many US Presidents have been able to pull that off?

Browncoatone on November 3, 2011 at 5:23 AM

SNORT

Mr. Grump on November 3, 2011 at 6:52 AM

yea, he’s also a nobel PEACE prize winner.

ctmom on November 3, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Forbes is an elitest rag. Nuff said.

volsense on November 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Really, Forbes, do we need to feed O’s gigantic, dysfunctional, narcissistic ego? Really?!?

College Prof on November 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM

In a reverse midas way Sure, I can agree.

ColdWarrior57 on November 3, 2011 at 11:23 AM

He holds the most powerful possition in the world – He is not the most powerful person.

The most powerful person wouldn’t struggle so much to get his own agenda through when he’s got both chmabers of congress controlled by his own party for 2 years. He couldn’t even pass a budget in that time.

Scrappy on November 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM