Passed Over Again!

by Dave Schuler on December 29, 2011

I can’t honestly say that I’m an admirer of any of the men and women in the top ten of Gallup’s annual “Most Admired” list. In the entire list of those mentioned maybe Aung San Suu Kyi and Liu Xiaobo. Otherwise, the list looks more to me like name recognition.

I see that Billy Graham has made the top ten among men for the 65th consecutive year.

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Andy December 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Wow, I thought Billy Graham was dead.

ponce December 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are by far the man and women most admired by Americans?

“Name recognition” seems like such a lame rationalization.

Icepick December 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

He’s not dead, he’s pinin’ for the fjords.

I had to look up Thomas Monsan.

And I can’t believe Tim Tebow wasn’t on the list of men.

Icepick December 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Barry and Hill aren’t all THAT popular. They got 17%. That’s just the faithful (and the young) who will always vote for the people at the top of THEIR team.

Andy December 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

We are pretty much at the peak for the baby boomers in terms of their influence. What’s kind of astonishing is that so few of them seem to be exceptional in the eyes of the public. The Clinton’s? They’re the best political leadership this generation has to offer?

Ben Wolf December 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

To be honest, I have serious concerns about anyone who names a politician as their most admired.

Icepick December 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

To be honest, I have serious concerns about anyone who names a politician as their most admired.

What do you think is worse, Ben, naming a politician or an entertainer*? I’m ot sure I have an opinion on that matter.

BTW, I object to Donald Trump being considered as a business leader on Gallup’s list. Actually, I object to him being on the list at all.

*For this purpose you can consider athletes as entertainers or NOT, as you see fit. Personally I would consider sporting figures separately.

Ben Wolf December 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

@Icepick

A politician is worse. Their existence is devoted to seeking power over others and are therefore not to be trusted. Ever.

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