Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting US president to slide out of the top two power rankings as published by Forbes, beaten not just by Vladimir Putin but also Angela Merkel.
The magazine published its seventh annual ranking just weeks after Putin opened a new front in the Syria war by conducting air strikes, then Putin hosted Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Moscow.
‘As Obama enters the final year of his presidency, it’s clear his influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done,’ Forbes wrote.
‘At home, his approval ratings are perpetually stuck under 50 …read more
Source: The Bangladesh Chronicle