Why? Well, I bet you can guess if you think about it for a minute. Give up? This headline by Brent Baker at Newsbusters will make it clear, "Newsweek Ranks U.S. the 11th 'Best Country' - Bush's Fault, Obama Can Stem The Tide." Yep, it's all Bush's fault, but Obama the Messiah can right this listing ship:
Newsweek, recently sold for one dollar by the Washington Post Company but still in its hands, ranked the United States 11th, just behind Denmark, in this week’s “The Best Countries in the World” cover story which put Finland at #1, followed by Switzerland and Sweden. There’s hope for improvement, however, thanks to George W. Bush’s departure from the White House and Barack Obama’s arrival. Michael Hirsh explained the beyond the top ten rank:
America hasn’t recovered from the serious blows to its stature delivered by nearly a decade of policy debacles. As Obama never tires of reminding the American public...he inherited a Herculean task: the Augean-stable-size mess left behind by George W. Bush.
The August 23 & 30 two-week edition cover story package certainly reflected Obama’s policy agenda. A sidebar (apparently not online) on the nations with the best health care, which put Japan at the top, touted fourth-best Spain where “universal coverage is a constitutionally guaranteed right, and there are no out-of-pocket expenses aside from some prescription drugs.” The U.S. wasn’t even one of the top ten countries listed (the full list online has the U.S. at #26 in health, tied with the Czech Republic and Chile and behind Slovenia.) [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
Blech. Seriously, these people need to put down the Hopium pipe, and you know they're on it. How else to explain selling a magazine for a BUCK? I mean, I know things are tight right now, but c'mon! Ahem.
Perhaps it would interest the authors of this piece to learn that Bush is actually more popular in some major "frontline" districts than their Revered One. It seems those areas are ones of great concern to Democrats since they currently hold the seats there. Oops!
But back to being Number 11 - woohoo, celebrate, woot, woot! I'll let Stephen Colbert have the last word on this (again), and Newsweek, too:
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