Most Admired 2009

President Barack Obama, by a wide margin, has topped USA Today/Gallup’s “Most Admired Man” list for the second year in a row.

The drama comes in the “Most Admired Woman” category, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the distinction for the 14th time since 1993. The former first lady and New York senator barely edged out former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, 16 percent to 15 percent.


1- Barack Obama – 30 percent
2- George W. Bush
3- Nelson Mandela
4 -Glenn Beck
5- Pope Benedict XVI
6- Billy Graham
7- Bill Gates
8- John McCain
9- George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
10- Tiger Woods (poll taken after scandal)


1- Hillary Rodham Clinton – 16 percent
2- Sarah Palin – 15 percent
3- Oprah Winfrey
4- Michelle Obama
5- Condoleezza Rice
6- Queen Elizabeth II
7- Margaret Thatcher
8- Maya Angelou
9- Angela Merkel
10- Elin Woods

"Since 1948, Billy Graham and Queen Elizabeth II have been the two individuals with the most top 10 finishes on the Most Admired Man and Woman lists, with Graham doing so a record 53 times and the British monarch achieving that distinction 42 times."



Leslie Parsley said...

We must think alike at the same time!

Sue said...

Hmmmmm I'm not liking this list BJ, Shrub coming in 2nd??? Maybe because of his silence this year, unlike the dispicable bigmouth Cheney!

Palin in 2nd?? Whats going on in our country, what has she done thats admirable???

Beck made the list too! Wow....

Infidel753 said...

Fundies are around 20% of the population depending on how they're defined. That accounts for Bush and Palin, with some votes left over for Beck.

Frodo, another tradition begins, said...

Okay, okay, okay, Frodo gives up. Following is his list of those whom he came to truly admire, for the first time, during 2009. What they did before and what they do hereafter does not matter an owl's twit--but 2009 made them special:

Levi(first guy in American history to knock up the daughter of a presidential contender, although Frodo always wondered about David Eisenhower);

Tina(first executive producer to out perform both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy by merely commenting on the view from her house);

Bo(first creature to produce more crap in the White House than George W. Bush);

Ted (who served one more year in the US Senate than his brother Jack lived);

Jenna (daughter who reportedly "gagged" when she heard her mother claim that her father was the only "boy" she'd ever kissed);

Pat (who admitted that he kept two fifths of "Popov" in his dressing room at MSNBC--Frodo believes that stuff is injected into prisoners in Texas);

Tiger (you thought Frodo might admire Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, or Oral Roberts? As was once said about the singer Eddie Fisher, "Who knows where he's going, but you have to admire where he's been);

Sam (the real hero);

and ninth in '09,

Steven Colbert (the saving grace for South Carolina).

Frodo would like to note that the Men of Gondor collected $759 for the Salvation Army this year ($200 more than last year, and their collective effort produced the largest kettle in all of the lands of the Shire). Thank you.

Frodo likes to think some of it may have had to do with the purple jockstrap and what he did with it.

Leslie Parsley said...

Frodo: That is absolutely hilarious - especially the part about the purple jock strap. You are outrageous.