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Absurd as Michelle Obama rated ahead of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin as most powerful woman
Irish Central ^ | October 16, 2010 | Niall O'Dowd

Posted on 10/16/2010 9:49:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Forbes Magazine has rated Michelle Obama ahead of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin as the most powerful woman in the world.

Big mistake.

Michelle is named as No.1. Hillary is rated as No. 5, Sarah Palin at No.16

Michelle Obama is an extraordinary woman but would have little impact were she not the wife of the president of the United States.

There is also the reality that while the First Lady can inspire and encourage she cannot actually impact policy in any direct manner

Hillary Clinton,of course, knows that very well and while she was initially in her husband's shadows she has since emerged as a leader in her own right first as a U.S. senator then a presidential candidate and then as Secretary of State.

She is by far the most accomplished woman of her generation. To rate her behind not only Michelle Obama, but Oprah Winfrey too is ludicrous

It is hard to argue, as Forbes do, that a First Lady with no executive power is as powerful as the U.S. Secretary of State who has intervened in some of the world's major trouble spots and has played an increasingly key role in the foreign policy agenda of Barack Obama.

It is also hard to argue that Michelle is more powerful than Sarah Palin who at one point was potentially within a heartbeat of the presidency.

Prior to that she was a popular governor of Alaska, one of the few women to run a statehouse.

Since her presidential run she has become a political phenomenon influencing millions of Americans through her speeches, tweets and television interviews.

Yet she is rated not only behind Michelle Obama but also Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Ellen De Generes

But before some of you say it some liberal agenda, this is Forbes magazine, bastion of conservative politics.

So their choices are bound to be controversial across the board. No question in my mind when it comes to power, Hillary Clinton should be rated first with Palin second.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 2012; beyonce; ellen; forbes; hillary; ladygaga; michelleobama; obama; oprah; palin; sarah; sarahpalin; television; women
What say you?
1 posted on 10/16/2010 9:49:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“R2,” let the Wookie win!


2 posted on 10/16/2010 9:51:05 PM PDT by stboz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course it’s ridiculous. But the people who rank Michelle Ubama as the “most powerful woman” probably feel good about themselves. (shrug) It’s simply a case of “political correctness meets affirmative action meets liberal morons”.


3 posted on 10/16/2010 9:51:56 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I mean, Lady Gaga is third. Credibility is gone out the window.


4 posted on 10/16/2010 9:52:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Public Servants Gone Wild".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pretty sad that Lady Gaga, Beyonce and De generes have so much sway. Says all one needs to know about the degradation of American culture


5 posted on 10/16/2010 9:52:19 PM PDT by wiseprince
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The way of getting back in the good graces of the admin after last months article?


6 posted on 10/16/2010 9:53:18 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Color matters.


7 posted on 10/16/2010 9:53:46 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Caractacus..or Bob if a boy & Boudicca if a girl....such hard decisions for dearie Snidely)
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To: wiseprince

Has more to do with degradation of American MEDIA culture and far less to do with American culture as it relates to real Americans.


8 posted on 10/16/2010 9:57:11 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Lancey Howard

This was the “apology story” that Forbes had to run for the Dinesh Dsouza cover article on Forbes previously that burned Obama...and made the WH call the Forbes staff after the publication.

Next few articles will be another cycle. Chewbacca Me-chelle got her top spot but eventually come Nov 2, she’ll be less than zero to show for it.


9 posted on 10/16/2010 9:57:36 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s next/ A run for senator?


10 posted on 10/16/2010 10:03:30 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama is an extraordinary woman but would have little impact were she not the wife of the president of the United States.

That's like saying 'Queen Elizabeth II is an extraordinary woman but would have little impact if she were not the Queen of England.'

Michelle My Belle is the first lady. She is powerful. You can argue about who belongs where on the list, but if you're going to have a list like that, she belongs on it somewhere.
11 posted on 10/16/2010 10:04:50 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: Lancey Howard
Of course it’s ridiculous. But the people who rank Michelle Ubama as the “most powerful woman” probably feel good about themselves. (shrug) It’s simply a case of “political correctness meets affirmative action meets liberal morons”.

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Here's America's first affirmative action PC president and first lady.

When you vote someone into the presidency without the experience of a hot-dog stand manager, you get turd-in-the-punchbowl results.

Obama and Michelle - Commie Red Devil-3sm

I can't wait to hear him referred to as 'former President Obama.'

12 posted on 10/16/2010 10:05:28 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most powerful woman...

Guessing this means she can bench press the most? She certainly could kick the ass of the zero she is married to.


13 posted on 10/16/2010 10:07:02 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: max americana

+1

Just a suckup piece.


14 posted on 10/16/2010 10:08:00 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a load of crock.

I don’t see her having the ability to marshal any more than a fickle throng of adoring sycophants who desperately want MO to be something she is not.

They are merely projecting and Idealized unreality.

Hillary and Sarah are indeed forces to be reckoned with and could easily muster armies of pragmatically attached citizenry and foot soldiers.

Michelle is a cheap two bit knockoff of Marie Antoinette and the factory stamping out her model is from the frontier lands of China.


15 posted on 10/16/2010 10:09:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary Clinton,of course, knows that very well and while she was initially in her husband’s shadows she has since emerged as a leader in her own right first as a U.S. senator then a presidential candidate and then as Secretary of State.

How has Hillary accomplished anything “in her own right”? The only reason she became a U.S. senator, a presidential candidate and Secretary of State was because she was the wife of a president.


16 posted on 10/16/2010 10:11:45 PM PDT by lara
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is also hard to argue that Michelle is more powerful than Sarah Palin who at one point was potentially within a heartbeat of the presidency.

The list is for 2010, not 2008.

Let's say the list was for 1986. You have Geraldine Ferraro and Nancy Reagan somewhere on the list.

Now, 2 years earlier, Geraldine Ferraro was "potentially within a heartbeat of the presidency", while, at present, Nancy Reagan is merely the unelected wife of the president.

Shouldn't Nancy Reagan still have been ranked ahead of Geraldine Ferraro?

As for Hillary Clinton, she is Secretary of State. A few years ago, Condoleeza Rice was Secretary of State. Did that automatically make her the most powerful woman on the planet?
17 posted on 10/16/2010 10:12:55 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More than the ranking, one has to question Forbes’ description of Palin: “Political Maverick and Commentator.”

Not “Alaskan Governor and prior candidate for Vice President of the United States.”

Of course, any list that places Arianna Huffington far above Queen Elizabeth II has to be pretty worthless.


18 posted on 10/16/2010 10:17:50 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("In politics the middle way is none at all." -- John Adams)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Lady Gaga is a woman?


19 posted on 10/16/2010 10:18:30 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Vendome
Hillary and Sarah are indeed forces to be reckoned with and could easily muster armies of pragmatically attached citizenry and foot soldiers.

Sarah could get 500,000 people with torches and pitchforks on the National Mall in 3 days if she wanted to. Hillary couldn't muster her way out of a wet paper bag.

The fact that Lady GaGa and Beyonce are on the list suggests that there is a pop culture element to the rankings. Nobody in the entertainment media has the guts or inclination to go after Michelle. To hear them say it, she is some sort of fashion icon / superwoman icon that all mothers can aspire to become.

Anyway, she has the power to alter the contents of a Happy Meal. I'd say that's real power to some extent.
20 posted on 10/16/2010 10:19:24 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Did Geraldine Ferraro, a minor backbencher in congress, go on to campaign sucessfully for scores of other candidates, write a national bestseller, influence legistlation with a note, and etc?


21 posted on 10/16/2010 10:19:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moochelle is most likely more powerful in the cheeseburger eating arena.


22 posted on 10/16/2010 10:22:44 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The author's argument, as I understand it, is that Hillary Clinton should run away with this thing, with Palin as a distant second and Michelle Obama somewhere past Lady GaGa but before Ellen Degeneres.

I think Sarah Palin is going to be the equivalent of a modern day Joan Of Arc on November 3. But those general elections haven't happened yet. She's only gotten people to the primaries at this point.

If the Tea Party Wave takes place as expected, Sarah Palin should not only be named the most powerful woman alive, but also Time Magazine's Person Of The Year. That is, assuming Time Magazine is honest, and assuming they are still publishing magazines at year's end.
23 posted on 10/16/2010 10:27:45 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

The jury is still out on Hillary as SOS. Obama has her conveniently strapped, still, to the belly of a plane destination out to sea, 24/7 to do nothing that is normally attributed to the duties of SOS. Hillary is simply the global abortion provider, and that is all in her own right, that she appears to have “accomplished” in foreign policy. She loves her new flight job, but policy powerful in the office, extremely doubtful. A zero in the senate, the gift office by way of her marriage, not her desirability. A campaigner? Yes, wildly successful, but even then not enough.


24 posted on 10/16/2010 10:49:45 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: wiseprince

I know who Ellen De Generes is, didn’t she have a bit about airline peanuts? But who is Beyonce and Lady Gaga, I just haven’t been keeping up..


25 posted on 10/16/2010 10:53:53 PM PDT by abigkahuna (screw em all)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not sure who Forbes was trying to reach with their absurd poll but they have lost us as subscribers.

Blech.


26 posted on 10/16/2010 11:03:01 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama is an extraordinary woman...

Extraordinary woman? If she was not married to the President of the United States, would she still be considered extraordinary?

27 posted on 10/16/2010 11:06:47 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Obama has demonstrated to the world the failure of Affirmative Action)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama is an extraordinary woman

What absolutely lazy writing. "Extraordinary" is usually applied to individuals that have accomplished positive goals that far exceed the abilities of their peers.

Please list at least FIVE legitimate accomplishments that qualify the Wookie as "extraordinary". And being married to a "dog" doesn't count.

28 posted on 10/16/2010 11:41:34 PM PDT by kromike
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not? He has the nuke codes and she has his genitalia locked up in a box.


29 posted on 10/16/2010 11:43:38 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing more than an Affirmative Action quota...


30 posted on 10/16/2010 11:46:14 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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31 posted on 10/16/2010 11:58:00 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Number one contender.


32 posted on 10/17/2010 12:01:03 AM PDT by o-n-money
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

that is just stupid. Michelle obama needs to be prosecuted for campaigning in a polling place. Hillary needs to be tossed out on her but, and the rest of the article is useless.


33 posted on 10/17/2010 2:19:48 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That frivolous award and 1.50 will buy her a cup of coffee.


34 posted on 10/17/2010 4:13:07 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So when did having the bigger ass make you the most powerful?


35 posted on 10/17/2010 4:18:15 AM PDT by Uncle Meat
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To: Average Al

Probably the “award” and $1.50 will buy her something deep-fried.


36 posted on 10/17/2010 4:24:16 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Even awards are deflating in there significance under this administration............


37 posted on 10/17/2010 4:46:50 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This was to help make amends with the whitehouse over their big reaction to the earlier article explaining Obama’s Anti-American policies (especially oil drilling) are influenced by his anti-colonialism world view.
38 posted on 10/17/2010 9:19:20 AM PDT by opentalk
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