Barbara Walters: Michelle Obama Is Most Fascinating
Barbara's top picks for 2009 also include Glenn Beck, Jenny Sanford
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 5:51 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama, Barbara Walters’ most fascinating person of 2008, was succeeded this year by…his wife, Michelle. Walters named the first lady her top pick during last night’s ABC special, which also included interviews with the rest of the top 10. Obama discussed the “amazing whirlwind” of life in the White House, the importance of her healthy kids campaign, her guilty pleasures (“really bad TV”), and—of course—how she keeps up those toned arms.

The rest of the 10 were Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Glenn Beck, Michael Jackson's children, Jenny Sanford, Kate Gosselin, Sarah Palin, Brett Favre, and Tyler Perry. Bill O’Reilly, who interviewed Walters yesterday, did not agree with some of her choices, leading Walters to criticize him—and accuse him of being both homophobic and jealous of Glenn Beck, New York reports. Watch their spat, as well as a few of Walters’ other interviews, above.