Vince Lombard once said that winning wasn't everything, it’s the only thing.
He also said that second place was like kissing your sister.
President Obama’s desire is widely known for his love of the camera and the spotlight. However, today he had to step back a peg for Russian leader, Vladimir Putin to second place on “The World’s Most Powerful People” list.
This may seem like a minor award to some; but is it an indication of what the world thinks about the US in general? Russia defeating America in anything is not taken lightly. Is this a slap in the face of President Obama?
With all President Obama’s woes at home, he has now been informed that he has to play “second fiddle” to that Russian guy. You know the Russian leader who posed without his shirt like he was the “hottie” on the cover of GQ magazine.
While Obama has not yet “posed” in that fashion, he is being “deposed” of his previous title of 2012.
Forbes magazine has just released their list, along with photos, of all of this year’s winners - among them several woman as well.
It comes as no surprise that President Obama has lost favor not only here in the US but all around the world as well. His woes seem to multiply daily.
Abraham Lincoln once rightly said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Will President Obama continue to lose favor in his lame duck final term as President of the United States?
Will this not only be an indictment against his failing leadership but also an indictment of the United States in the world arena.
How soon will the USA no longer be known as the most powerful nation in the world?
Listed below are the top five who were selected to be part of the Forbes' “The World’s Most Powerful People List, 2013 Edition.” You can read about the others at this site.
This was published by Caroline Howard – staff member of Forbes - and republished the “Daily Finance.”
1. Vladimir Putin
“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? This year’s snapshot of power puts the Russian president on top. Putin has solidified his control over Russia (“dictator” is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage. 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.”
2. Barack Obama
“His signature legislation, Obamacare, is under fire, U.S. allies are outraged over NSA surveillance overseas, and the government shutdown for 16 days in October begs the question: Who's in control here? It appears that President 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. To be sure, though, the leader of the free world remains in charge of the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. Forbes' World’s Most Powerful People List, 2013 Edition”
3. Xi Jinping
“Recently promoted in March, the 60-year-old is the paramount political and military leader of China. Xi exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people (close to 20% of the world's population). China has the world's largest central bank, with $3.5 trillion in assets -- and owns some $1.3 trillion in U.S. securities, making it the largest foreign shareholder of U.S. debt. Along with India, the country is predicted to overtake the U.S. in aggregate GDP in coming decades; it is currently $8.2 trillion. There are 122 billionaires in the country, up from zero one decade ago. In addition to his title of general secretary of the Communist Party in China, Xi is also president of the People's Republic of China and the chairman of the Central Military Commission”.
4. Pope Francis
“The March election of Pope Francis has injected new energy into the world’s largest religion, with 1.2 billion followers around the world. The first Jesuit and Latin American Vicar of Christ preaches compassion for the poor and a greater role for women while signaling for the church to quiet its focus on “only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptives." He has embraced social media, regularly using Twitter to dispense religious advice to his 10 million followers and is responsible for the world's first papal "selfie." Born in Buenos Aires as one of five children of an Italian immigrant railway worker, Pope Francis (né Jorge Mario Bergoglio) is an avid FIFA fan and cheers the San Lorenzo de Almagro club.”
5. Angela Merkel
“The world's most powerful woman is the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders as Germany's chancellor. Merkel's hard-line austerity prescription for easing the European debt crisis has been challenged by both hard-hit southern countries and the more affluent north, most particularly French President Francois Hollande. Merkel is fresh off a commanding reelection victory, and has served as chancellor since 2005; the first woman in the position. Merkel has earned the top spot on the FORBES list of Most Powerful Women In The World for eight of the past 10 years.”
“The Most Powerful People in the World” list is an annual snapshot of the heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who truly rule the world. It represents the collective wisdom of top FORBES editors, who consider hundreds of nominees before ranking the planet’s top 72 power-brokers – one for every 100 million people on Earth — based on their scope of influence and their financial resources relative to their peers. “
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At the Forbes site you can also see this year’s Youngest Powerful People.