China's President Hu Jinato and US President Barack Obama

*For President Obama the hits (as in bad things) just keep on coming. Of course we’re all aware of the drubbing that he and the Democrats just took in last week’s mid-term elections.

Now comes and article from Forbes magazine touting its ranking of the world’s most powerful persons.

Traditionally the US prez has always held this spot, but not anymore according to Forbes. Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, has been named the most powerful person on Earth knocking Barack Obama off the top spot.

It should be noted however, that the magazine is headed by Steve Forbes, an ardent Republican and Obama hater to the bone.

Forbes explained that those on the list had been chosen “because, in various ways, they bend the world to their will.”

The list, another blow to the US president, cited his party’s poor performance in the midterm elections.

“Obama’s Democrats suffered a mighty blow in US midterm elections, with the president decisively losing support of the House of Representatives, and barely holding onto the Senate. It’s quite a comedown 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.”

Mr Obama’s wife, Michelle, was last month named Forbes Most Powerful Woman.

Of Mr Hu, Forbes wrote: “Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts. Recently surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake US as world’s largest economy in 25 years – although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis.”

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