A new Gallup poll will be more bitter medicine for the Right. After a solid year of harping on Benghazi lies in an attempt to bring down both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new Gallup poll finds both ranked as the number one man and woman Americans most admire.
Every year since 1948, Gallup asks Americans to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most. This year’s poll was conducted December 5-8, and for the 6th year in a row, Obama has been named the Most Admired Man.
Yes, that’s Most Admired Man, over Senator Ted Cruz and former President George Bush and empty chair man Clint Eastwood and the President won over Mitt Romney. Again. Of course, it’s a trend that the sitting President wins the Most Admired category, and even George W. Bush won it year after year when he was in office. But Hillary Clinton was often the Most Admired Woman while Bush was President.
The top ten Most Admired Men this year include former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. Clint Eastwood and Ted Cruz finished in the top 10 for the first time, at 1% to Bush’s 4% to Obama’s 16%.
Right wing nemesis Hillary Clinton has been named Most Admired Woman 18 times, “more than any other woman in Gallup’s history, including each of the last 12 years.” This year she won with 15%. Next up is Oprah Winfrey at 6%, Michelle Obama at 5% and Sarah Palin at 5%, followed by Condoleezza Rice and Angela Merkel.
In other words, the noise you hear constantly is right wing agitation. It might bring the President and Clinton down a few notches in polls, but it does not defeat them. Not by a long stretch. And if it did, there is no right wing political personality who comes close to replacing them as Most Admired.
While the Right manages to bring down the President’s poll numbers with their Benghazi lies and relentless accusations, these things won’t stick to him because they aren’t true. Yes, the President won last year with 30% but the year before, he won with 17%. These numbers bounce around, but he still won re-election by a large margin.
Whereas it’s true that the ObamaCare website had glitches, those glitches will not override the need for the President’s signature legislation of healthcare reform nor the ultimate success of it. It’s not human nature to remember a glitch over getting a basic human need met. Obama will be remembered as the President who weathered consistent hate and still managed to get affordable healthcare for the people.
So far, Obama has not had a Katrina or an Iraq WMD in spite of the desperate efforts of Republicans and the media and there’s nothing Republicans can do about that except keep manufacturing accusations and putting on Witch Hunt plays with the taxpayers’ dollars.
The President is the Most Admired Man in the World again, and that has to hurt when you’ve banked the success of your party on destroying him.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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