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Edited by on October 7 2010 at 3:21 PM

Michelle Obama. Say it softly and it’s almost like praying. The Fierce Lady of the U.S. of A. glides in, wearing a ballet flat or a kitten heel no doubt, at the #1 spot on Forbes 2010 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Sisters Doing It For Themselves: Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women

The top 10 includes Oprah (#3, but who should really just have a de facto position at #1), Hilary Clinton (#5) telephone duo Lady Gaga (#7) and Beyoncé (#9) and Ellen Degeneres (#10). Resembling more their list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities (also heavy on the ladylove), Forbes admits to changing the criteria of what they consider “power” for this years’ list.

“Our assessment is based less on traditional titles and roles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship.” Translation, they know who sells magazines and ad space. Pulling up in coach, Anna Wintour comes in at a pitiable #56, behind Sarah Jessica Parker (#45) and Katie Couric (#22).

It’s like I can hear her planning the downfall of mankind for this egregious slight. Or maybe that’s just my liver dying. Either way, I’m full of a sense of dread. What do you think of this list? Is power really based on popularity nowadays?

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at