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Is Michelle Obama the Most Fascinating Person of 2009?

After choosing Barack Obama last year, Barbara Walters named Michelle Obama the most fascinating person of 2009 last night on her annual special. The first lady described her first year in the White House as a "whirlwind," saying:

"I mean, if you think about this year, I had to get these two beautiful girls settled into a new city, into a new home, into a new school. We got a dog. I visited eight countries with my husband. I planted a garden. I've started a mentoring program. It has been everything. And now, here we are at our first Christmas in the White House."

Phew. That is quite a lot to accomplish in a year. Do you agree that Michelle is this year's most fascinating person?

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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years Horrifying, possibly.
alexask alexask 7 years
i respect everyone's views, but i feel she's getting the same response people were giving angelina jolie when there was that strange frenzy with her a year or so back. suddenly just not liking her and complaining about her, i don't know why, just because they feel she's getting too much attention? or because people think it's stupid to go with the ideas of the masses? personally if i genuinely feel the same way as a bunch of other people happen to feel, it's not going to make me feel like i need to think "differently" just for the sake of it. i believe she is by far the most fascinating person to ME. i am so proud and it is so nice to see a person and a group of people going places where no one their race has even been before. her charisma really draws me in and i feel that even in silence she has an admirable mark of intelligence. she is the type of person i wish we would pay more attention to, instead of these celeb brat types.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
lol zillah...i'd say lady gaga was the most fascinating too! but i do like michelle. in reality, she was just a housewife that is now the 1st lady. she's educated, intelligent, and very charitable. she is the most relate-able and public 1st wife we've had in how long??? the only other coming to mind is elenor roosevelt.
zillah zillah 7 years
Lady Gaga is actually fascinating to me...althoughI have a thing for smart people so both Obamas are cool in my opinion...That being said, BW's most fascinating list is sily. I am not fascinated with people like Kate Gosselin or what ever her name is...Nor do I care about that gay dude who sings like a hyena....
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Well, as much as I like her as the First Lady, I don't know about the most fascinating. But she is fascinating in her own way. I can't think of anyone else though to be the 'most fascinating.' Then again, this is Walter's list, so hey, good for her to think that.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i think she's pretty interesting, but like J, i can't think of anybody else, so there could be more interesting people out there, but i can't of any right now. for those of you saying not her, who would you pick? not being rude at all, i'm just curious!
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
I agree with most--that she's not the most fascinating person of '09, but who else is there? I can think of a lot of interesting people of '09, but I don't know about fascinating.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
No!! Her list of "accomplishments" just makes her sound like any other housewife who has just moved.I would have hoped the most fascinating person of 2009 would have done more then put her kids into a new school. I do have to say ... What do you expect from Barbara Walters though? The interviews were boring and uninteresting and she glossed over everyone and barely touched on what made these people fascinating to begin with.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
She is an incredible person but not the most fascinating of 2009.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
LOL @ "We got a dog." Phew, the challenges in life!
Sunflower-Sutra Sunflower-Sutra 7 years
I guess i'm in the minority here. I don't know who on earth would even come close to being more fascinating than the first lady this year.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I'd actually say her husband's more fascinating, but even he wouldn't top my list
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
No, no, no... it's the arms. I swear if it's no one Obama, it's the other. Keep it coming media, but soon the American people are going to get sick of seeing them EVERYWHERE and you can only blame yourselves. I remember when Bush was in office you rarely ever saw the man on the news.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
She comes across as a very lovely person but I don't think she's "most facinating" (or even really that facinating at all!)
weffie weffie 7 years
She's def one of the most enviable, but I don't know if that makes her "fascinating," per se.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Great outfits and great arms, but in my book she is far from the years most fascinating person!!!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Well, I don't know who I would pick but it wouldn't be her. Everything she listed with the exception of visiting other countries is REALLY run of the mill. We moved about every 6 months when I was a kid, and we always started from scratch with everything we had in the last house. Not that they aren't diffcult and time consuming, but they really aren't that out of the ordinary.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
No. Barbara hasnt been in the loop of whats fascinating since 1984.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I really don't know.
mndmay mndmay 7 years
I think so, but the choice was so obvious that the "suspense" was laughable. David Letterman called it the other night.
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