Bad News, Mr President: “You’re No Longer World’s Most Powerful Man”

Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, has been named the world’s most powerful person knocking Barack Obama off the top spot.

Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, has been named the most powerful person on Earth knocking Barack Obama off the top spot. In this photos, President Barack Obama talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao following their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, June 26, 2010. Photo: Pete Souza/The White House via Flickr

Barack Obama’s disastrous week was complete today when he was toppled from the number one spot as the ‘world’s most powerful man.’

Fresh from his battering in Tuesday’s mid-term elections, the President learned that Forbes magazine has named Chinese president Hu Jintao as the lead figure in the magazine’s ‘Most Powerful People on Earth’ list.

President Obama came on the second place this year after topping the list last year, which was the first time Forbes began rating world figures on a power scale.

List compilers Nicole Perlroth and Michael Noer wrote: ‘The people on the list were chosen because, in various ways, they bend the world to their will’.

None of the Republican leaders who gave Obama his self-confessed ‘shellacking’ made the grade but New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg came in 23rd place.

He trailed three spots behind Hillary Clinton and just ahead of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein came in 42nd place and Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase was the other Wall Street high-flier on the list coming in at 47th.

New York’s richest man and Tea Party supporter David Koch shared the 54th spot with his brother Charles.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was 40th, leaving media mogul Oprah Winfrey in the dust as she only managed to scrape to 64th place.

The list placed Osama Bin Laden in 57th place and the more peaceful leader Pope Benedict at a respectable 5th place. WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange made the list, albeit the last spot, at 68th.

To keep the bad news rolling for President Obama, a shocking new poll says the humbled U.S. leader would lose his bid for a second term in 2012 in a hypothetical race against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey said that Mr Huckabee would win 52 percent to President Obama’s 44 percent.

The survey also revealed that President Obama would lose in a presidential race against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney – 45 percent to Mr Romney’s 50 percent.

Both Mr Huckabee and Mr Romney were defeated by Arizona Senator John McCain in the 2008 GOP presidential primary but neither have put their hat in the ring yet about whether they will run for president in two years time.

There is currently no clear GOP front-runner to lead the party for a 2012 election after the Republicans took hold of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s mid-terms.

But 21 percent of Republicans said they would most likely back Mr Huckabee and 20 per cent claiming they would support Mr Romney.

In a surprising twist, only 14 percent said they favoured former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and 12 percent said they would want former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be their next president.

But in another hypothetical showdown, President Obama lead the vote 52 percent to Mrs Palin’s 44 percent if the pair were to come head to head for the Oval Office.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said: ‘Looking ahead to 2012, it may be too early to count Barack Obama out, particularly if Sarah Palin is his opponent’.

But Mr Holland added: ‘The former Alaska governor gets a lot of attention, but she is in third place when Republicans are asked to pick a presidential nominee, and in a hypothetical match up with Obama she is arguably the weakest candidate of the top-tier GOP hopefuls’.

But for a bit of good news finally for the President. The poll also found that three-quarters of registered Democrats said they want to see the party renominate Obama in 2012.

[Forbes via Daily Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]

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