Barack and Michelle Obama have been ranked amongst Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
According to Time’s online poll, the president came in at #37, just below Lil Wayne (#12), Jon Stewart (#25), Stephen Colbert (#26) and T-Pain (#34).
First Lady Michelle landed at #86. She was beaten out by The Twitter Guys (they clocked in at #76) and her husband’s presidential opponent, John McCain (#84).
However, Attorney General Eric Holder made it higher on the list than either one of them. He was voted the 6th most influential person of 2009.
Michelle made a few remarks at the Time 100 Most Influent People Awards on May 5 in New York City. Celebs like Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, John Legend, Oprah and Tavis Smiley all turned out for the event.
While at the podium, the first lady noted what an honor it was to be placed among such a unique list of people, and the larger impact they have all had.
“Events like this one show how truly connected our world is; how one person can change how we see the world,” she said to the audience. “The ability of one person to influence the outcome of someone else’s life inspires me.”
“There are few things more rewarding than watching young people recognize that they have the power to enrich not only their lives, but the lives of others as well,” the first lady continued. “But careers in public service are not always encouraged.”
Speaking of public service, Michelle also took time to talk about the Social Innovation Fund. The effort, which is part of the president’s new budget, aims to back the country’s best non-profit organizations.
“The idea is simple: to find the most effective programs out there and then provide the capital needed to replicate their success in communities around the country that are facing similar challenges,” Michelle explained Tuesday.
The president is requesting $50 million for the initiative.
– Sonya Eskridge