Helen Whalen Cohen

Well, there you have it. President Obama is the most powerful man in the world, according to Forbes Magazine. But wait, the reasoning behind it is actually pretty cool:

Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his reelection, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year. Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the U.S. remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military. Plus, Obama's only legitimate rival for the title, last year's number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office. 
2011 Highlight: Took out the world's deadliest terrorist in May.

It's worth repeating-we have the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military in the world. Things may have been a little rough over the past three years, but we're still number one. And I'd say we all deserve a pat on the back.


Helen Whalen Cohen

Helen Whalen Cohen is Associate Editor and Community Manager at Townhall.com.