Barack Obama Named Top Agent of Change

March 29, 2009 By:
Barack Obama Named Top Agent of Change

Rolling Stone magazine has come out with a list of 100 people they believe to be “Agents of Change,” featuring those who are changing the world with their powerful ideas.

Topping the list unsurprisingly is Barack Obama, but he’s followed by a few celebrities that may take you by surprise, like Kanye West and Tina Fey.

So how did Rolling Stone come up with their list? They say, “We've ranked 100 artists and leaders, policymakers, writers, thinkers, scientists and provocateurs who are fighting every day to show us what is possible — whether it's engineering a new electrical grid, reinventing the way movies are made or challenging us to let go of our illusions and face the brave new world that stands before us.”

They say with Obama’s election, “change is no longer a dreamy notion but a reality — and a responsibility.” Perhaps that’s why he takes the top spot.

Tina Fey, who takes the #8 spot, is honored for her “new age feminism” and “self-deprecating, gimlet-eyed humor.” We’ll take that humor any day of the week, and she’s definitely become the one to watch ever since her Sarah Palin impressions.

As for Kanye, he came in at #7, noting his creativity in the “moribund world of commercial hip-hop.”

Unsurprisingly, Bono is a frontrunner at #4. Rolling Stone claims he’s changing the entire world. They say, "Bono's tireless lobbying of the likes of George W. Bush and Tony Blair helped lead to billions in debt relief and additional aid to Africa — and it feels like he's just getting started.

He followed that with Red Campaign, which fuses commerce and charity, and Edun, his wife's African-made clothing line. All that, and U2 are still making some of their best music with the new No Line on the Horizon.”

But no one beats Obama! It’s great to see that people still have the same kind of excitement about him that they did before he was elected. He has proven in his early days in office that he’s committed to change, so that’s what earns him the top spot on the list!

For the entire list of Agents of Change, click here