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Oprah was beat out on Forbes 'Most Powerful Women' list. CC by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald, USN/Wikimedia Commons

The most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes, is Michelle Obama. As the first lady prepares a multi-state campaign next week, Democratic candidates are hopeful that her power translates to votes in the November election. Forbes’ selection of Obama has aroused arguments for and against her across the political spectrum.

Michelle Obama more powerful than Hillary, Lady Gaga and Oprah

On top of the “New Forbes Power Women” that Forbes put out on Oct. 6, Michelle Obama was No. 1. This is the new 2010 list. ”Creative influence and entrepreneurship” was the focus this year when Forbes looked at the top 100 business moguls, movie stars and politicians. Forbes said Obama was “a true change-maker” who has “given a new generation of girls and women around the world a role model.” The source of the magazine said Obama’s power style “stays away from hard policy.” This is considered a good thing. The Forbes list top 10 women include Ellen Degeneres in the 10th spot, Beyonce in ninth, Lady Gaga in seventh, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in fifth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel in fourth and Oprah Winfrey in third.

Democrats hoping Obama’s power will help in elections

In the past few weeks, Michelle Obama has been working more in campaigning. According to CBS, she is campaigning to Democrats that the Obama agenda will never be fulfilled if Republicans take over Congress in the November midterm elections. Next week the first lady sets out on a seven-state fundraising tour to support Democratic candidates in tight races. According to the Washington Post, she has a 66 percent approval rating. A CBS poll measured President Obama’s approval rating at 44 percent.

Michelle Obama ranking argued

Michelle Obama’s place at the top of the Forbes most powerful women list is disputed in certain circles. Obama needs to be working on bigger issues if she is going to be at the top of the list, says Peter Grier at the Christian Monitor. This is why he put Hillary Clinton above her. Right wing blogger Michelle Malkin used the Forbes list to nurse an ongoing grudge against the first lady, comparing her number one ranking with the “undeserved honor” of her husband’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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