Bush fails to make Time 100, readers put him at 97
For the first time during his two term presidency, George W. Bush did not make the TIME list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
"The TIME 100 recognizes the men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming our world, and the list is divided into five subsections: Leaders & Revolutionaries; Builders & Titans; Artists & Entertainers; Scientists & Thinkers; and Heroes & Icons," a press release obtained by RAW STORY states. "The fourth annual TIME 100 issue is the largest in the history of the list, with 100 pages of advertising, also making it the second-largest issue since Albert Einstein was named TIME's Person of the Century in 1999."
Nearly three-quarters of the picks on the list are men, with only 29 women named. Oprah Winfrey and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice both made the list for the fourth year in a row, and a week after her contract wasn't renewed by ABC, Rosie O'Donnell also landed in the top 100.
More than 2.5 million TIME readers cast votes for their own picks in the top 100, and Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert and Korean pop star Rain tied for first place, even though they didn't make the magazine's list. President Bush landed in at ninety-seven on the reader's picks list, far below former President Bill Clinton and his former first lady, Senator Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press notes, "It does not include President George W. Bush, but it does include Canada's Mahar Arar, who became a cause celebre after being deported by U.S. authorities as a possible terrorist to Syria where he was imprisoned and tortured. Arar, whose deportation was based partly on faulty intelligence supplied by Canada, was later vindicated in an inquiry ordered by Ottawa and awarded C$10.5 million in compensation."
"In a statement issued through the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Arar said he was 'very honoured' to be on the Time list and expresses gratitude to everyone who supported him 'throughout this struggle for justice,'" the AP report continues.
FULL TIME 100 LIST AT THIS LINK
READERS' PICKS FOR TOP 100 AT THIS LINK