Bakshi: Americans most admire Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
December 28th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Bakshi: Americans most admire Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

By Amar C. Bakshi, CNN

According to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama retain their place in the eyes of Americans as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man on Earth living today.

This marks the tenth year in a row that Hillary Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman and the fourth year in a row that Barack Obama has been named the Most Admired Man.

Seventeen percent of poll respondents mentioned Hillary Clinton as the woman they admired most, followed by 7% who named Oprah Winfrey and 5% who named Michelle Obama.  Other leading women included Sarah Palin, Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Michele Bachmann.

Hillary Clinton has been named Most Admired Woman 16 times since 1993 – more times than any other woman since the poll was first conducted in 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt finished first as Most Admired Woman 13 times.

Seventeen percent of poll respondents mentioned Barack Obama as the man they admired most, followed by 3% mentioning George W. Bush and 2% mentioning Bill Clinton.  Other leading men this year included the Reverend Billy Graham, Warren Buffett, Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Pope Benedict XVI and Bill Gates.

The Reverend Billy Graham has been named among the top 10 most admired men alive more than any other man – 55 times since 1955.

For more on the results of this poll, visit Gallup.com. Who do you admire most and why?

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Republican Grand Ma

    I will vote this Hawaiin boy again. Not Ron Paul who believes it's ok for Iran to have nuclear weapon. Not Gingrich who thinks it's ok to spend million dollars for his mistress jewelry. Not Romney who thinks it's okay to flip flop on all issues. Not Bachmann who thinks it's okay to use federal money to straighten gay people at her clinic. May be Huntsman but no Republican think he is electable. So too bad!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Indeed, President Obama stands a chance to be reelected next year. He might not be seen by his contemporaries as a remarkable leader and a great president. Yet he has, what David McCullogh called a sense for history and wants to be remembered with fondness.
      I wouldn't vote for Hilary Clinton. I prefer Angelina Jolie, who has more courage! Outside the U.S. I will vote for Aung San Suu Kyi and Queen Elisabeth. Yet there are men and women who are also remarkable, yet not famous.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • RabiaDiluvio

      If a friggin' parakeet runs against Obama in the next election, I will vote for that parakeet. I would have the biggest problem voting for Gingrich or Ron Paul because I can't stand either of them...but if it comes down to one of these charming richards or Obama...I would rather take a richard. They are less dangerous to the country than this tool.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • FlyontheWall

        And your cleary a tooland you seem like a dumb american

        December 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • FlyontheWall

        And your clearly are a tool yourself, spouting your stupidity.....and you seem like a dumb american to boot.

        December 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • FlySwatter

        FlyOnTheWall – if you are going to make a rebuttal, please at least be coherent and write with correct grammar or your thoughts and arguments will be ignored and lost in cyberspace.

        December 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • WindONtree

        The Parakeet truly needs your kind of vote.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Wired

        While Flyonawall is as inarticulate as a stone, his message still rings true.
        Only people who have had their head buried in the sand for the past 11 years would be as clueless as you are as to what has been happening since 2008. Obama didn't put us in debt, he pulled us out of the death spiral Bush put us into with his unfunded wars. He hasn't sat on his touche and done nothing: He has had over 200 accomplishments despite the fact that the Republican's response to losing to a black man was to announce that they were going to go against him at every turn. And despite the fact that the republicans have had atleast filibuster power since day 1.
        Furthermore, anyone who is as scared of liberal policies as the Tea party losers hasn't passed a history class. Otherwise they would know exactly what positions from Ron Paul and other extremists have in store from us. Need more proof? Check out how wrecked and abused our workforce was due to lack of regulations from 1880 to FDR's presidency.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
      • Stinger

        You are wise. We cannot let the Democratic Socialist Party continue to redistribute the wealth to the lazy.

        December 30, 2011 at 12:33 am |
      • rick

        Careful, your KKK membership card is showing....

        December 30, 2011 at 1:41 am |
      • RudyK

        Wired. So you think BO has saved us huh? Maybe you should take a look at the current defucut. BO is about to put us $1.2 TRILLION deeper in the whole. Maybe you should look at the unemployment figures. Keep in mind they do NOT count those that have stopped looking. Maybe you should look at the record foreclosure rates since BO got to the WH. Maybe you should remember the national credit downgrade because there is no plan to pay off the debt. You seem to think BO inherited the mess we are in. BO wasnt an outsider before getting to the WH. He was in the Senate. He helped to create the mess we are in.

        December 30, 2011 at 4:16 am |
      • IgnorantGOP

        I don't agree with you. You are uninformed and lazy when it comes to paying attention to current events. Lets hope this laziness doesn't disturb your hygiene process, though I fear that is something you have come to accept.

        December 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • mark o. david

        Please try to have a happy hew year.The rest of your life needs some rethinking

        December 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Jason K

      Come on granny, why so serious over Iran. If they had a nuke, they don't have the capability to deploy it in any effective fashion except on themselves. Their Airforce is crap and their Navy would have to get through the strait to the sea to use it. North Korea has hundreds, and we're not sitting scared over them every day. Furthermore, what right do we have to determine what another sovereign nation can and can't do? Or right...none. Are you still afraid of ze Germans too?

      December 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • El Aych Oswald

        Well actually, Iran put a satellite into orbit last year, and they have plenty of short range missles capable of hitting as far away as England...

        so yea an Iran with the bomb is something to be concerned about...

        December 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • Bert in UT

        And there is always the famous Border Patrol comeback: How could you smuggle a nuke into a US city? Put it in a bale of marijuana!

        December 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • akat

        I prefer to keep my politics to myself however I don't believe the US would be Iran's target. Israel would be. Even countries who have acted as allies to the US in the past will not take our side because of their hatred for Israel. When the next war starts it will be over Israel. We will support Israel and lose any Arab allies we have (however tenuous or shallow they were). China is forming many alliances with Tehran as is Russia.. (and yes I know China relies on our economy heavily)... When the war for Israel breaks out, the world will be in chaos. For politics i'm moderate, unheard of in recent years but I think the two sides need to simmer down before we destroy our own great country from within...

        December 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
      • ChicagoRich

        They are rather clearly working on the missile technology to deploy the weapons should they finish them. Right now they are getting all the technical glitches out of the way. They are developing all of the technologies to build nukes, things not necessary for solely civilian power production. That way once they make the decision to actually deploy them they can do so quickly and effectively. In the meantime they can forestall any attempts to stop them by feigning negotiations and negotiating with Russia and China over oil and veto votes.

        January 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Hates the MORON

      That Obama MORON get elected again! OMG! Is this country that STPID to do it again? It is amazing how damn stupid MOST of the Americans are to let IT get elected after 37 DAYS in senate!!! WHAT IDIOTS!!! You get what you wish for but God Bless the rest who continue to suffer as a result of that MORON in the White HOuse!!

      December 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • Wired

        Where was your anger when we elected the Chimp in Chief two terms in a row?

        Oh thats right, you're political views blind you to reality.

        December 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Margaret

        I will be voting for him, based on what he has done as four years as president, in spite of how difficult our congress has made it for him to achieve anything. You're shouting insults makes me tend to believe I'm siding with the calmer thinkers out there.

        December 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
      • Margaret

        *Your

        December 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
      • Don

        You are part of the stupid you hillbilly inbred

        December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am |
      • Soundthinker

        you sir clearly are the moron

        December 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

        Doubtless you voted for eight years of Bush-Cheney sending Clinton's budget surplus and our tax dollars to Iraq and Afghanistan. Then you rip on Obama because he can't clean up Bush & Cheney's mess while the GOP deliberately run the US further into ground just because they lost the 2008 election. It's painfully obvious who the moron is- YOURSELF and everyone like you. Traitors.

        December 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Brad T.

      I guess I'm not the average American, because I really don't like any of these people with the exception of possibly Oprah.

      December 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • RudyK

        I think the survey had to be held at the Democratic National HQ. Most that I know do not admire BO.

        December 30, 2011 at 4:19 am |
    • crazyvermont

      funny thing and a fact not mentioned by CNN is that 32% of all respondents said they didn't have a most admired person....so both Obama and Clinton beat out by "no one".

      December 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • faraway

      I like Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, Ron Paul and Rick Perry, but I heard Mrs. Clinton doesn't seek second term.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • Commojoe

      If the people of this country are so stupid as to vote for an incompetent, inexperienced goof like Bozobama AGAIN, after all the harm he has INTENTIONALLY done to this country, then we are truly finished as a powerful nation, which is Bozobama's
      goal.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:22 am | Reply
      • Don

        Comajoe, yes we are voting for him again and voting you back to Germany you Nazi

        December 30, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • doug

      Wow – a more cliched post I have never read. Just repeating what you hear on TV does not a scholar make. In the words of Christopher Hitches – "'Take the risk of thinking for yourself – much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way".
      BTW, I agree – Obama will be re-elected.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Don

      WELL Racist Grand ma, this "boy" rules the world so go back to your hillbilly plantation.

      December 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • willy

      Yer an i d i o t

      December 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  2. Canadian

    American's were asked to name their most admired man and woman "on earth"? They got the whole world and they pick Clinton & Obama (not that there's anything wrong with that)? It's short-sighted.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Nan

      Whom would you suggest?

      December 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Adnan Khan

        I know right. Would you rather Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga fill those spots.

        December 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • asrael

        Amazing: no reply yet from Canadian...

        December 29, 2011 at 9:48 am |
      • Canadian2

        How about Nelson Mandela? I wonder if the average American has eve heard of him.

        December 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Rosie

      Complete agree with Canadian. Quite short-sighted; the world is way bigger than the US, but apparently not for the majority of Americans. Dilma Roussef, from Brazil, went from being imprisoned for her political ideas to becoming president of her country, which is now the 6th economic power in the world. Aung San Suu Kyi is bringing, after years of being confined, a breath of fresh air to Burma. Joseph Stiglitz seems to be one of the very few economist who has stood by its criticism of global markets and now seems like a prophet. He did not adapted his mind or theories to follow a leader or a trend. Even Steve Jobs seems to me a better candidate for the position. But then again, most Americans care about their country, and nothing else, as usual.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
      • asrael

        I suspect one would get the same kind of result from any poll of any country; that is, people are most aware of their own.
        Faulting others for lack of global awareness seems a bit severe; how many Afghanis are aware of Hilary Clinton?

        December 29, 2011 at 9:53 am |
      • Stan

        I agree! That is why the US is in the shape it is in today! We have people with no common sense voting! IDIOTS!

        December 29, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • Janel

        I think it is important to understand the Gallup Pole's considerable sampling bias. I'm sure you read the actual survey results before posting your comment. I question the randomness of the survey.

        "Quite short-sighted; the world is way bigger than the US, but apparently not for the majority of Americans."

        I'm not sure the majority of Americans can be represented by this poll, given the potential for sampling error. It would be best to make sure the survey and it's data are sound before extrapolating the results to reflect on an entire nation's population.

        "Dilma Roussef, from Brazil, went from being imprisoned for her political ideas to becoming president of her country, which is now the 6th economic power in the world. Aung San Suu Kyi is bringing, after years of being confined, a breath of fresh air to Burma. Joseph Stiglitz seems to be one of the very few economist who has stood by its criticism of global markets and now seems like a prophet. He did not adapted his mind or theories to follow a leader or a trend. Even Steve Jobs seems to me a better candidate for the position."

        All great choices, except maybe Steve Jobs. You wish for Americans to admire persons outside of their geographical confines, then toss a couple of Americans into your recommendations. Has Steve Jobs done more for Americans than President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton? Obama and Clinton repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell. Jobs sat at the helm of a company with an atrocious workers' rights record.

        "But then again, most Americans care about their country, and nothing else, as usual."

        Would it be more accurate to say that many Americans are less exposed to the world than residents of other countries? Our news is sanitized, our free television is just mind-numbing swill, and our public school system is very nation-focused. So there are many Americans who are unexposed, or largely exposed to misinformation. Undoing years of state sponsored apathy takes, it appears, years of bureaucratic tug-of-war. I'm don't think it's fair to blame the full body of citizenry for this. Those who don't know any better can't do any better. Blame those with the resources and knowledge who allow the rest of the people to remain in the dark.

        December 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • Yourbad

        Steve Jobs doesn't qualify, he's dead.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • bspurloc

      problem is a Majority of the southern central states are way under Medium levels of education and therefore are not aware other people exist beyond what they see in a newspaper. this is a major problem in the USA that area plus the rest of the states ignorant sum to a big lack of knowledge. on top of that many americans think the world is like their front yard. simply googling education levels in the USA clearly will show u these sad facts

      December 29, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • Jammaster

        I live in the South and I agree with you to a point. Down here they don't read newspapers (they use them for wrapping catfish). They watch reality TV and get their "news" from talk radio. This only makes them dumber. Reality TV has dumbed down America to the point that IMHO it should be illegal. You can't have an adult conversation or a rational argument with these nut cases. Unfortunately some of these idiots live in the northern states too.

        December 29, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • IgnorantGOP

        Can we ask General Sherman to go back down their and burn everything this time?

        December 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • American

      I think the keyword here is American. Who Americans most admire, so why would we chose a non American. It wouldn't be patriotic. It's understanding media and how it works, CNN wouldn't get good publicity if they voted a bunch of foreign leaders. Yes there is better out there, but people are all about popularity in the people who matter most... the people in their own country.

      December 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
      • yournameisnotimportant

        Out of all the posts I've read here, this makes the most sense. I agree with you completely.

        December 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • Talal

        I agree 100%.

        December 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      Mind your own business you dumb canadien!!

      December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • elenore

        Canadian probably works for CNN.Waiting for their British employees to ring in soon.So many on American t.v. since the BBC cut funding.

        January 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • WindONtree

      If the poll was 10-20 years ago then maybe Mandela would be in the running. Nelson Mandela nowadays decide what to do with Winnie's belongings. Obama and Clinton make decisions that currently impacts the whole world ( ie binLaden, Iraq, Libya, China, etc etc)

      December 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Margaret

      Canadian has a very good point. We generally don't look outside of our borders much.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • julia

      it didn't say on earth it say in AMERICA

      December 30, 2011 at 8:10 am | Reply
  3. Lisa

    Who can we trust with our future? There is only one choice. Obama/Clinton for 4 more years. The others don't even come close to being presidential enough for the job. The debates only accentuated their flaws and made me realize we don't need to "Occupy Wall Street." We need to "Occupy Congress" and use our power of the VOTE.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Jammaster

      I like the "Occupy Congress" idea. The OWS crowd scared the Dickens out of the TEA (Traitors Embracing Anarchy) party.

      Like they say, the truth shall set you free!

      December 29, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • RudyK

      Why do you think BO would be good for our future? The deficit will be over $16 trillion by the end of the year. He has dramatically outspent every President before him. What do you think he will do if he gets re-elected? He wouldnt have to worry about what the voters think and probably spend us into bankruptcy.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:27 am | Reply
  4. Rakesh Sharma

    Ms Clinton is one of the finest US diplomat/stateswoman I've ever seen. Pres BO is one of the finest orator and has had quite a lot of successes with his FP strategy.

    I'd have liked Ms Clinton to be VP but alas!

    December 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Now that is one of the most idiotic statements I've seen here yet. These people are arrogant, self-righteous and contemptable!

      December 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • Jammaster

        The REAL George Patton would B slap you and call you a traitor.

        December 29, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • DK

        And you are not the most contemptible person who has posted a reply?

        December 29, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • IgnorantGOP

        Hey George, blow me

        December 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • StClown

      Rakesh Sharma, President Obama has a Fist Pumping strategy?

      December 29, 2011 at 9:35 am | Reply
  5. Onesmallvoice

    Unlike most Americans, I find people who are both arrogant and self-righteous to be quite nauseating and that goes for both Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama! I, on the other hand, do admire Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Nelson Mandella of South Africa along with Vladimir Putin of Russia.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Marine5484

      I feel the same way you do, Onesmallvoice. I cannot understand how anyone could admire someone like Hilary Clinton with her unmitigated arrogance in defending the politics of hunger(called economic sanctions) around the world.

      December 29, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • IgnorantGOP

        Oh yeah, she is horrible hahaha

        December 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • TommyD

      lol

      December 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Jammaster

      I see the Faux News Trolls are earning their pay today. I hope it's not too cold posting from your mom's basement.

      December 29, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • KatyaKatya

      That's sarcasm right?

      December 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  6. musagisnt

    I admire Mrs Clinton and presieent Obama. But the polls are shortsighted .period

    December 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  7. Creaturz

    nonsense. All of it. The most admired americans are the ones that stand up for the american values being stripped away by washintons posse of crooks.

    December 29, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
  8. palintwit

    I admire all the baggers, birthers, Palin lovers, nascar lovers and other assorted right wing evangelical trash who desperately want to stick their noses in my bedroom and/or tell women what to do with their uterus...... NOT

    December 29, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  9. Booo

    What? No Tim Tebow? How could they! (sarcasm)

    December 29, 2011 at 9:55 am | Reply
  10. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Just think. When the GOP regain power, they wil start a war with Iran (totally unfunded of course). Then they will draft all the poor people to fight/die in the war while giving the rich people "no bid" contracts. Killing two birds with one stone. Then we will pay for the war with Iran's oil. And when the war is over, Iran will sell us cheap oil. Just like in Iraq.................Oh wait........Never mind.

    December 29, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • dallas

      Thank you !

      December 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • RudyK

      You do know that both parties voted on the wars and approved them right? Both parties supported them the whole time. BO continued the Bush policies including the time line to pull out of Iraq. BO also renewed every contract from the Bush administration, including those with Haliburton.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:31 am | Reply
  11. IndiaRocks29

    Really? One had a shoe thrown at him at a press conference and the other had rotten eggs thrown at her during her trip to Philippines.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • WindONtree

      One shoe and One Egg. That makes 2, count them 2 people. How many in India Rocks?

      December 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  12. transworldsport

    Has anyone in this survey heard of Angela Merkel???

    December 29, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
  13. Lissel NAVARRO

    George W Bush? why would anyone on earth admire someone who took a surplus and created trillions of dollars in debt so that his millionaire friends can buy more yachts? We seem to forget that 9/11 happened on his watch and that we fought two wars, one of which wasn't necessary (Iraq), running huge debts and shortening thousands of young lives. Unemployment was at 4% when he took office and by the time he left it was 7% plus he left us the Great Recession. Wake up America! Please don't let racism cloud your judgment. I am so tired of hearing from holier-than-thou right-wingers who criticize Obama as the worst president we have ever had! George W Bush is one of the worst presidents we have ever had. He stole the presidency from Al Gore and got his just punishment!

    December 29, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Yourteacher

      Try reading something other than the New York Times and you might be better equipped to comment in the future.

      December 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • WindONtree

        Yeah ! Try reading Fox News and not NY Times. WHAT ???

        December 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • IgnorantGOP

        Hahaha What do you suggest reading? The NYTimes is a world class newspaper

        December 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Talal

      Amen!

      December 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  14. TommyD

    Are you kidding me? Who rigged this? Obama? Thats laughable. More lib media throwing an article to get him re-elected. I know very few people who dont think he's inept....of course in thinking so I'm a racist.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Yes. You are a racist. But you're able to admit it so that's good.

      December 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
      • TommyD

        you idiots on the left keep using the race card...its old & tired. Its all you have to get Barry re-elected. I have many Hispanic friends...none are backing Obama. Admit it, its over!

        December 29, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Jammaster

      Sorry Tommy boy. But your irrational hatred of our President can only mean that you are a traitor or a racist. Perhaps both. Calling you out on your racism is reality, not a card game. This "Yew playin da race card" foolishness s just that foolish.
      Every time I hear this "Race card" stupidity, I think of a comment I heard about someone hating our President because they were upset about the OJ verdict. Silly, sad but true.

      December 29, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • Yourteacher

        "But your irrational hatred of our President can only mean that you are a traitor or a racist"
        Another tolerant liberal.

        December 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • retief1954

      No Tommy, not racist. You're just another in-the-dark Right-Winger.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • WindONtree

      Yes Obama rigged this like he rigged W to beat Al Gore in the Supreme Court .

      December 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  15. Yanqui

    The only politician I admired was Canadian: the late Jack Layton. I haven't seen anyone since who could fill his shoes.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
  16. palintwit

    Here are some Palin baby name suggestions I admire... Spatula, Mudflap, Pinworm, Trigtard, Fargo, Pigpen, Bristol.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • TommyD

      The GOP used Beck, Palin and the Tea Party to embarrass Obama, win the midterms and gain media attn....and it work! And now we brushed them aside since were in control. God I love it so...

      December 29, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        Beck, Palin and the Teabaggers only embarrassed themselves and in so doing pointed out what fools the GOP really are.

        December 29, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  17. Pollography.com - See What the World Is Thinking

    Would love to know how these polls were administered?

    December 29, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      They are administered rectally with regards to conservatives.

      December 29, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • El Aych Oswald

        haha.. sounds like the taxes on my paycheck

        December 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  18. Agnar

    The bottom line is Obama is the best president this county has ever had. If Hillary would be the vice president he would be even better. I hope Hillary will be president when the next term is over. Obama is the most caring American we have ever had. He even beats the Kennedys.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • TommyD

      Obama couldnt hold JFKs cigar holder...Obama is a chicago style muckster who snookerd the elite left. All my lib friends cant stand him. Obama has been in bed with the big banks and big corps from day one! Hope & Change...lol And look at his cabinet and tell me how many minorities he has? Like 1! Bush had a much more diverse cabinet. The libs & unions are dying, and all Obama wants is their $$$. You want a real caring, honest liberal...back Kucinich.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • Jammaster

        TommyD. First you said " My Latino friends don't like Obama" . Nw you are saying "My Lib friends don't like him" . Of course they don't. Friends tend to have a lot in common with each other. They may nt always share the same political views but they often do. I doubt very seriously if your few "Lib" or "Latino" friends represent a majority of anything.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • SSG

      President Obama is the worst President we have had in my lifetime. I am 53. What has he done besides divide this country evem more than it was when he took office? His Stimulas cost more than the Iraq war and what did we get for all that Stimulas money? Can anyone give name one good thing that came out of that?

      December 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • deb

        OMG, the ignorance of the right is so sad!!! Obama hasn't divided the country! Are you kidding me??!!!! The Teapartyers are the dividing group here! They have done nothing but divide, divide and divide some more! They spew nothing but lies. Even the mainstream Republicans are embarrassed by these nutcases. Why do you think Palin and Backmann have fallen by the wayside?

        January 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  19. Change

    Well, it depends on how you look at it. As a concerned American I'd choose President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their leadership in helping to move America forward and beyond the failures of the past administration. But you can also say John Boehner and the Tea Party for the way they continue to divide this country and try to return us to the failures of the previous administration. Anyway you look at it, they are all admired in their own respective ways. But as a concern American again, I'd choose President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the latter because they're more concerned with uniting and moving our country forward.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • TommyD

      Im concerned for people who blame other people for their screw ups...Tell Obama to quit the blame game. Try that as a coach, teacher, ect...you get fired. Obama spent a trillion on two stimulus packages that did NOTHING....he's doubled Bushs debt already, enacted a failed big govt Health Care law that is being stripped away, over regulated the banks to where they are not lending, ect...If this was 1607 he would be walking the plank. BUT...I do give him good grades Intl. Taking out the pirates, Bin Laden, drones, shutting the Packi's up and holding his ground. That I will say has been good.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        Obama is responsible for saving the US auto industry. One in ten jobs in this country are tied directly or indirectly to the Detroit 3. Had they failed, unemployment would be 20% instead of 9%.

        December 29, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Pliny

        Tommy, your grasp of factual data is non-existant.

        So admit what we all know about you....you hate Obama because he is black. You fear black people, and you know it. And this fear makes you feel inadequate.

        You shouldn't do that. You have SOOO many other things that should make you feel inadequate.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
      • RudyK

        Palintwit. The GOP wanted the auto companies to go through a structured bankruptcy. That is exactly what they did. That would make your post wrong wouldnt it?

        December 30, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  20. Change

    @Agnar

    I rest my case! You said it all.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
  21. LLL

    Ross Perot!!!!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
  22. Bakermom

    What about our True Heros. Our TROOPS!!! The hell with Obama and Clinton. They make me sick!!!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  23. Change

    @Tommy D

    People who blame other people are people like those who represent the Republican and Tea Parties. They are people like you who continue to support the policies and failures of the previous administration. Let me ask you a simple question TommyD. If you were an incoming president who inherited the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression, what would you have done differently than President Obama to quickly stabilize the economy and prevent it from slipping into a catastrophic depression? Prior to passage of the economic stimulus bill, the GOP said do nothing and let the economy slip into a depression and some ten years later it would recover on its own. Well, how is that possible? And while the GOP stressed fiscal responsibility for three years and accused President Obama of wasteful spending, they still kept asking where are the jobs. So you say do nothing to stabilize the economy but create millions of jobs overnight out of thin air?

    And while the GOP and the tea party keep stressing less government, I find it outrageous that they keep asking for more jobs. So how does less government equall more jobs? Furthermore TommyD, perhaps you don't work the federal, state or local government in your state. But I'm a state worker and I can tell you that I'm still employed today because while for four years companies have been shutting down all over this country and emoloyees have been layed off as a result of this recession, many state workers in my state were layed off because of the economy. So the stimulus package may be worthwhile to you but it has saved millions on jobs in state, local and federal government all across this nation. And that does not include quarter of a million jobs saved in our auto industry. That is an auto industry that helped America win the war in the Atlantic and Pacific during WWII. So just gets you facts straight before you start running off your silly thoughts.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      A quarter million jobs in the auto industry... those are the jobs directly at the Detroit 3. When you add in the thousands of small supplier companies, there are hundereds of thousands of jobs involved.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • TommyD

      bailout money from the US taxpayers saved the big 3....are you that naive? Unions and their bloated pensions, labor strikes, super high wages after 5 yr tenure, and crooked and self-serving as all heck have forced americans to buy toyotas, Kia, ect...built in right to work states I might add. The mortgage meltdown has caused most of the problems with this economy...and both partys are to blame. The Community Reinvestment Act under Clinton started this whole mess. Not everyone in this country deserves to own a home! Aside from that, its the jobs...and Obama has had no gameplan to address that. Stimulus didnt work!!! Slashing taxes across the board will. Punish the company's who offshore jobs...like GE...the darlings of the White House. Obama said he was gonna do that, and Ive not seen that.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        What you call bailout money was actually a loan. Chrysler, for example, is paying the US taxpayers $3 million a day in interest. And yes the unions needed their wings clipped. And Obama did just that by making the 2 tier wage system a condition of getting the loans. New hires start at $14 an hour.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • palintwit

        As long as I'm trying to enlighten you, I might add that the US gov't. was the last to help out their domestic industries. The Asian and European auto industries have been borrowing from their respective govt's all along.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Yourteacher

      @change, you do realize that now YOU are one of those people who blame people right?
      HA, HA, HA, HA!

      December 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  24. snake

    hillary clinton, you have got to be kidding! that is one really EVIL woman.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  25. Trent Opett

    Noam Chomsky- If truth telling is a yardstick of admiration.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  26. Change

    @Bakermom

    Yes our troops are indeed our heroes but why do you thing they're coming home from Iraq? That's because President Obama and Hillary Clinton care about them and GWB and the GOP sent them over to Iraq and Afghanistan to die. And recently Dick Cheyney said he has no regrets whatsoever, despite murdering thousands of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And just keep in mind that we are still suffering casualties in Afghanistan ten years later simply becaue the GOP deliberate and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to start their illegitimate Iraqi war. And that is an Afghan war that should have been over at least five years ago. So please, please stopt supporting those politicians who are creating the problem while criticizing our leaders who are left with the task of fixing these problems and moving America forward. This country would be a great country if we were to all put our prejudices, hate and double standard aside.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • TommyD

      Bush had the right response after 9/11.....you blow up two of our buildings, and we blow up two of your country's...

      December 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Except that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11.

        December 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  27. Jammaster

    I admit. Based upon the condition our economy when he took office, the attempt of the TEA party to stymie his efforts and the blatant racism and disrespect he has had to contend with, he as done an awesome job. What the fools of the TEA party don't care to realize is that THEIR words and actions against our president makes the entire country look weak to the rest of the world.

    Their words and actions make us look like fools. The result is that it makes our President look even stronger and wiser.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • TommyD

      again, the race card...cowardly use of words my friend by you, and the left...its all you got. For one, the TP is fading away...two, whats the difference from the TP and original Occupy Wall St message....not much. Both groups have every right to protest. One was a big, intrusive govt message and the other was govt run big crooked banks

      December 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • willy

      Obama is a fool

      December 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  28. Change

    @TommyD

    Perhaps the remaining radical Muslim Americans left in America should target you and your family. Then perhaps you would see how it feels what the heat is up your rear end. Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and thousands of our troops died in that illegitimate Iraqi war and you applaud it? And nine years later Iraqis are still dieing as a result of tribal civvil war that resulted from our destabilizing that country and the death and destruction may continue for years to come and you applaud that? Well, perhaps you and your family would be next.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • TommyD

      bring it on...

      December 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • hutch

        wow. a real tough guy

        December 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • Noneyo

        No doubt you are quoting your hero George W

        December 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  29. Change

    What Democrats or Liberals have to realize is that President Obama stands a better chance of being re-elected if his administration accomplishes LESS as opposed to more between now and election day. The reality is that the more success President Obams has at home or abroad, the more the opposition becomes envious and jealouss of his success and the more they despise and hate him. Unfortunately they believe that President Obama is for some Americans and against others rather than seeing our President as an American first who cares even for those who didn't vote for him. But that's okay, because President Obama has the biggest endorsement the world has ever seen and that is God.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • TommyD

      Obama...great family man, good american, no doubt a christian and very personable. Problem is is that he is in over his head, and not a good prez...its business, not personal...but the lib media makes it personal. President Romney will get this economy cookin again! Romney/Rubio 2012

      December 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Romney is a dedicated globalist who thinks nothing of American jobs going overseas. When you vote republican, you vote against yourself.

        December 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  30. johnway

    Actually the troops are coming back from iraq because we could not negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq, and our troops, had they remained, would have been subject to the laws and legal system of Iraq.

    The Dahli Lama is another I would have put up before Obama. And No, Obama is not the greatest president we have ever had, probably not in the top 10. but he is a far cry better than any Republican in memory (meaning those in my lifetime that I actually remember). I expect him to improve in his second term, as he wont have to worry about reelection anymore.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
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