TIME's annual list of Most Influential People always includes politicians around the globe, but this year is perhaps one of the most odd compilations of political leaders that we've ever seen.
Yesterday TIME announced the names that made it on The Most Influential People of 2022, and it included celebrities such as Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Garfield, and Zoë Kravitz. The list of Most Influential Leaders had a few surprises, though.
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden Make TIME's List of 100 Most Influential People in 2022
This list is organized into sections such as Artists, Innovators, Titans, Leaders, Icons, etc. Various politicians made the list of Leaders, including Ron DeSantis, which makes complete sense considering how much he has been in headlines over the last year and impacted the entire country with the way he governs the state of Florida. Whether or not you want to admit it or whether or not you like him, DeSantis and his policies have made big waves in his home state.
Joe Rogan and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky also made the list, along with Ketanji Brown Jackson. President Joe Biden and Russia president Vladimir Putin have also made the list. When you consider the fact that the United States has been in a steady decline economically since Biden was elected (and that his approval rating is extremely low) it's curious as to why TIME would choose this particular President to be on the list.
Bill Clinton wrote the blurb to accompany Biden's placement in the Top 100 list. "In his first 16 months in office, Joe Biden has done exactly what he said he would do if elected — help America overcome an unprecedented pandemic, rebuild a battered economy from the bottom up and middle out so that it works for all of us, and restore our standing in the world," he said.
He really did write "rebuild a battered economy" with a straight face. Tell that to the millions of Americans suffering from inflation to the point where they can't fill up their gas tank or put enough food on the table for their children.
"We still face stern tasks, including taming inflation without causing a recession, and combating violent crime," Clinton continued. "The usual sound bites and answers that dominate the news won't help. But a get-the-job-done leader who cares more about the people than the polls, more about winning the future than rewriting history, will. That's who Joe Biden is. And why I'm glad he's on the job."
This is yet another reminder that the elites in our country are so far removed from everyday Americans and the struggle they face due to the failures of this administration.