Hu Jintao Unseats Obama on Forbes' Most Powerful List

And you can bet Forbes knew it would provoke headlines like this one
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2010 2:11 PM CDT
President Barack Obama meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Monday, April 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – As if Barack Obama wasn’t having a bad enough week, Forbes has dropped him to No. 2 on its annual “Most Powerful People” list, citing his electoral defeat as a major reason. “It's quite a come-down for last year's most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two,” Forbes writes. Taking his place? Chinese President Hu Jintao.

“Hu doesn’t have to contend with those annoying artifacts of democracy like Congress, an independent judiciary, an uncensored media and voting by common citizens,” Forbes’ Beijing bureau chief argues in a separate blog post, though he admits that figuring out who has the most power in China’s Politburo is “a game of educated guesses.” Here’s how the rest of the top 20 shook out:

  1. Hu Jintao
  2. Barack Obama
  3. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud
  4. Vladimir Putin
  5. Pope Benedict
  6. Angela Merkel
  7. David Cameron
  8. Ben Bernanke
  9. Sonia Gandhi
  10. Bill Gates
  11. Zhou Xiaochuan
  12. Dmitry Medvedev
  13. Rupert Murdoch
  14. Silvio Berlusconi
  15. Jean-Claude Trichet
  16. Dilma Rousseff
  17. Steve Jobs
  18. Manmohan Singh
  19. Nicolas Sarkozy
  20. Hillary Clinton
(Read more Forbes Most Powerful People stories.)

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