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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT - LONDON TIMES FRONT PAGE OBAMA IN THE TOP 50 MEN OF THE DECADE, HE GETS TOP SLOT AGAIN

 
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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT - LONDON TIMES FRONT PAGE OBAMA IN THE TOP 50 MEN OF THE DECADE, HE GETS TOP SLOT AGAIN
50 People of the Decade
A panel of Times editors and contributors nominate the personalities who, for better or worse, have shaped our world over the past ten years

(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)
More than 270 nominations, 21 judges, 1 runaway winner... Ben Macintyre reflects on our People of the Decade poll and what it reveals about the concerns and obsessions of our age, while Alan Franks and other members of the voting panel profile a formidable who’s who

We were asked to choose the people of the decade. Not the best people, mind. But the most important, influential and interesting people. Some of those who scored highly were role models, men and women of high virtue and accomplishment. Some were stinkers. A few were actually criminals and mass murderers.

The surprising thing about the winner, Barack Obama, is not that so many of us voted for him, but that one didn’t. (I have my suspicions: Caitlin, you are a subversive.)

It is also a measure of the speed of news, and the length of our attention spans, that a man overwhelmingly voted the most important person at the end of the decade was unknown to almost all of us at the start of it.

This was the decade when internet technology came to define our world: the entrepreneurs behind Apple, Google, Facebook, YouTube and Amazon all appear in the Top 25, but only one writer, one chef and two sportsmen. We rate our technology gurus, broadly speaking, above our politicians.

Our definition of what is important is limitlessly wide: J.K. Rowling is just one place above Osama bin Laden, which may be the first time these two have ever sat together in the same sentence. The Queen, a household name if ever there were one, polls fewer votes than Banksy, who remains nameless.

Celebrity is another defining feature of the decade. Fame for achievement – sporting, scientific, artistic – but also fame for the sake of fame, people who, in the strange self-replicating science of 21st-century celebrity, are celebrated simply because they are well known: Katie Price, Jade Goody, arguably Damien Hirst and Amy Winehouse. Simon Cowell polls more votes than Tony Blair.

Our television culture, to judge by the list, seems firmly focused on the US: the makers of no less than four American television series – The Wire, The Sopranos, West Wing and Lost – were cited by at least one panellist as people of the decade. But in our actors we are more patriotic: Ricky Gervais received more votes than any other actor, while Helen Mirren was the highest-polling actress. Five sportsmen and women make it into the Top 50, two pop singers, and two television celebrities, but only one adult novelist (generously defined): Dan Brown.

Ours is a secular and scientific age. Richard Dawkins, the outspoken defender of evolutionary science against creationism, is in the Top 10 with J. Craig Venter and Francis Collins, the human genome pioneers. The only religious figure to receive any votes at all was Pope Benedict XVI, who scored two.

In sum, then, to judge from this unscientific but intensely argued poll of Times folk and contributors, the Noughties was a decade fascinated by the internet and reality television, in which sportsmen and politicians vied for our attention – and we watched a great deal of American TV. If our heroes reflected our interest in science and celebrity, our villains also echoed the preoccupations of the age: terrorism (Osama bin Laden) and crooked business (Bernie Madoff).

But perhaps most striking of all is the sheer number of people voted for overall, and the breadth of the definition of what could be considered important and interesting. Twenty-one judges were asked to select 50 people: they came up with 272 names.

There are two conclusions to be drawn from this:

1. It was a richly varied decade.

2. No two Times writers will ever agree about anything.

The panel: David Aaronovitch, broadcaster and columnist; Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor; Joan Bakewell, broadcaster, columnist and czar for the elderly; Mark Borkowski, publicist; Robert Crampton, columnist; Matt Dickinson, chief sports correspondent; Celia Duncan, deputy editor, The Times Magazine; Daniel Finkelstein, chief leader writer; Alan Franks, author, playwright and feature writer; Simon Hills, associate editor, The Times Magazine; Ben Macintyre, author and columnist; Carol Midgley, columnist; Caitlin Moran, writer and columnist; Kate Muir, writer and author; Matthew Parris, columnist and broadcaster; Justine Roberts, co-founder, Mumsnet; David Rowan, editor, Wired; Tim Teeman, arts editor; Antonia Senior, editor, Eureka; Janice Turner, columnist; David Wighton, business editor.

The voting: Each of the 21 judges was asked to name their Top 50 People of the Decade; these were then combined to produce a long list and the votes aggregated to give rankings. In the case of collective achievements, these nominees count as just one vote.

1. BARACK OBAMA First black President of the United States


In 1963, Democrat George Wallace was sworn in as Governor of Alabama. He proclaimed his devotion to racial segregation, standing on the spot where, a century earlier, Jefferson Davis had been sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America. In 2008, Alabama Democrats supported an African-American as the next President of the United States.

That is one measure of Barack Obama’s achievement as the first man of his race to occupy the White House, a building partly constructed by slaves. But there is more. The President overturned two other laws of American politics. The first was that a liberal Northern Senator could not triumph. Obama’s stillness, his coolness, his personal magnetism dispelled fears. It made him seem a moderate, and made attacks on his liberalism appear to be scaremongering.

The second was the hegemony of the Clintons. With an almost impossibly skilled campaign, very much driven by him, Obama harnessed the enthusiasm of youth against the Clinton machine. Alongside his brilliant handling of the race issue, his use of social media will for ever change US campaigns.

Obama’s victory was, therefore, both extraordinary and transformative, changing assumptions about American culture and politics. He may not prove to be the man of the next decade. He was certainly the man of this one. Daniel Finkelstein

2. SIMON COWELL TV mogul and music impresario

The biggest British TV show of the Noughties – The X Factor – might often come across like some tabloid steamroller slice of primetime Vegas, but what, at heart, is it? Essentially, a gigantic exercise in market research.

Simon Cowell’s genius was to work out that, as illegal downloading laid waste to the music industry, whoever was still paying for music would now have to pay at least twice as much for it, in order to keep him in £7 Mr Topper haircuts, Cuban-heeled shoes and black toilet paper. Therefore – a TV talent show! Made by his production company (additional fee for Simon), in which the weekly phone vote means the public firstly pay Cowell to tell him which act they like, and then later pay again actually to own the winning record. Consequently, Cowell has found a way to make signing acts in an industry recession virtually risk-free.
[link to women.timesonline.co.uk]

Well if it is a choice of a celebrity president or a tv celebrity it has to be Simon Cowell. I am sure he could do a better job than Obama.

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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade

Lotus Feet should be the #1 phony of the decade..

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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade

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For what exactly? Being Wall Street's sock puppet? He's a fucking salesman, nothing more.

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Gak. HE'S NOT EVEN BLACK!!!
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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade

Lotus Feet should be the #1 phony of the decade..

and yes, I can own them words, dummy.
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LOL an Obama supporter....

May you rest in peace knowing full well who you support. Remember this that those that voted for Obama have blood on their own hands. Time for humanity to take responsibility and own it, thoughts, words and deeds. God is calling in his debts from the unmerciful servants that do not live by the law of the cosmos.

You reap what you sow, it is the first principle of cause and effect.

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Obamonkey should be allowed to continue his failures, make Islam the national religion, teach queer tolerance /fist fucking to grade schoolers, and abusively incur more debt to spend his way out of this depression in order to take away all doubt of what a giant goat fuck Obamonkey is.
obama is a queef.
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Who is your man of the decade?

Mine has to be Dr Bruce Lipton.


FRIDAY, 11 DECEMBER 2009

Nobel Victim -v- Noble Master


"It is time that world leaders had a serious education in the new paradigm in science that proves that what you think creates your reality. While the New World Monkeys (see previous visions on this blog) like Obama continue to embrace and think that wars will never end, they never will. While they stipulate that oppression will never end they are actually co-creating that oppression with their own their thoughts, words and deeds.

I can not bring myself to post the videos of Obama on this blessed blog and if you wish to see them they are available on youtube. I recommend that you watch all four parts, instead we will post a positive solution to world leaders and it is called"
[link to academysounds.blogspot.com]

'From Victim to Master' from Dr Bruce Lipton



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This only tells us that the ownwers of the London Times are a bunch of left wing liberal fucktards. Tell us something we don't know.
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I think it's really weird that he's getting all of these great compliments, Nobel Peace Prize etc. when he hasn't even done anything beneficial to the United States yet...let alone the rest of the world. He hasn't accomplished anything. Sarah Palin might as well be President.
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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade



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why?
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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade




why?
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Is obama human?
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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade




why?
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for one reason..because the muslim hating phony known as LOTUS, hates obama with such passion.
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Obama should be the #1 human of the decade




why?



for one reason..because the muslim hating phony known as LOTUS, hates obama with such passion.
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bump for realitys
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for one reason..because the muslim hating phony known as LOTUS, hates obama with such passion.
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Reality check I don't hate anyone...

However, this is yours.

HATING
PHONY


Happy healing


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Obama is loved in most countries around the world. Get used to it.
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It's been an exceedingly uninspired decade.
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Lotus Feet, thank you for that video.

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