Not that long ago, Barack Obama was viewed as the most powerful person in the world by the ruling class establishment. While still ranked at number 2 on Forbes
magazine's Most Powerful People on Earth list, his being brushed aside
to make way for Chinese president Hu Jintao is likely to fuel even more concerns over Obama's stature - and possibly even America's under his so called leadership.
More bad news, Mr President... Obama is no longer the 'world's most powerful man'
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.
The media did much to create Obama back in 2008. So, it's especially ironic to see them now taking him down a peg. Faced with what looks to be a confrontational Congress with significantly more Republican and conservative influence, one has to wonder if the media will try and find a way to re-kindle the Oba-magic of 2008, or simply hasten his decline by looking elsewhere for a figure to best represent America's influence.
Add to that the subtle but soon to be open jockeying for a potential replacement for Obama as America's President in 2012, it's not impossible to envision the power elite looking for another American star upon which to fix their gaze for the future. General George C. Patton once said
, "all glory is fleeting." The challenge for Obama now is to find a way to emerge as a genuine Amercian statesmen with staying power as President, lest he come to be seen by too many as simply a shooting star, now flit.