Gibbs: Forbes magazine getting 'more accurate'
By Scott Wilson
It may take a while, but Forbes magazine is slowly rehabilitating its reputation with the White House.
The magazine just released its annual "Power Women" list and coming in at the top is Michelle Obama, who edged out Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld, talk-show tycoon Oprah Winfrey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the title.
Asked about the magazine's selection of the first lady for the top spot at his Thursday morning off-camera news briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "It's more accurate than their last cover."
Gibbs was referring to Forbes' Sept. 27 cover story titled "How Obama Thinks." The article, by the conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argued that Obama's alleged contempt for business could be explained by the politics he learned from his Kenyan father, whom he barely knew.
The article began with the assertion that "Barack Obama is the most anti-business president in a generation, perhaps in American history." D'Souza listed Obama's father's polygamy, allegations of violence against his children, and history of drunk driving, concluding that he made "an odd choice, certainly, as an inspirational hero."
"But to his son, the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism," D'Souza wrote.
Forbes, apparently, thinks more highly of the president's wife.
"She's made the office of First Lady her own," the magazine gushed, calling her "Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago's South Side."
| October 7, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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