Hey Michelle…Guess what? For the first time in 8 years, the entire country can be proud of their President again…
Forbes recently released its rankings of “The World’s Most Powerful People,” and the results don’t look good for President Barack Obama.
There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most.
To compile the list, we considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. First, we asked whether the candidate has power over lots of people.
Next we assessed the financial resources controlled by each person. Are they relatively large compared to their peers? For heads of state we used GDP, while for CEOs, we looked at measures like their company’s assets and revenues.
Then we determined if the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres. There are only 74 slots on our list – one for approximately every 100 million people on the planet –so being powerful in just one area is often not enough.
Lastly, we made sure that the candidates actively used their power. – Forbes
In 2015, Obama came in as the third most powerful person, which wasn’t great, considering he is supposed to be the leader of the free world. But it was nevertheless much better than 2016’s list, which has him placed at an embarrassing number 48.
Last year, Forbes explained why the U.S. president wasn’t number one, or even number two.
“There’s no doubt that the United States remains the world’s greatest economic, cultural, diplomatic, technological and military power,” the publication wrote in 2015. “But as Obama enters the final year of his presidency, it’s clear his influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done.”
His influence and ability to “get things done” must have hit rock bottom for him to fall a whopping 45 spots in just one year.
What’s even more embarrassing than the fact that Obama didn’t make the top 10, much less the top 25, or even the top 40, were some of the people who outranked him.
For example, North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un was five spots ahead of Obama.
If a ridiculous, barbaric leader who imprisons, enslaves and executes political and religious dissenters and restricts the most basic of freedoms is ahead of the U.S. president, you know there is a real problem.
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the number one spot, again, while a new face appeared at number two — President-elect Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is trading in Trump Tower for the White House. The New York native will become the first billionaire president of the United States, after upsetting Hillary Clinton in a surprising election victory, when he takes over the Oval Office in 2017,” Forbes said about the incoming president.
Meanwhile, the publication issued a brutal but honest assessment of the outgoing president whose policies and legacy were rejected in November when voters chose Trump over what would have been essentially a third-term Obama in Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“America’s outgoing president faces a legacy in jeopardy as his successor has threatened to unravel signature achievements, including health care reform and the Iranian nuclear accord,” Forbes wrote about Obama.