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An Admirable Figure

In a new Gallup poll, it's "mom" and Hillary Clinton. (AP).

By Jon Cohen
Here's one poll Hillary Clinton has all to herself among presidential hopefuls: she heads the new Gallup list of most admired women in the world.

And on the men's side? It's President Bush, despite his low approval ratings.

Overall, 18 percent call the New York senator the woman they admire most, putting her a scant two percentage points above talk-show host and Barack Obama-backer Oprah Winfrey. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and "mom" tie for third at 5 percent.

Clinton's standing in the poll has bounced back from a low of 7 percent in 2002 to be about what it was in December 2000, when she was winding down her tenure as first lady.

President Bush's trend-line has gone the other way.

Three months after September 11th, 39 percent of all Americans called the president the most admired living man, as did 29 percent in December 2003, nine months after the start of the Iraq war. Now, 10 percent put Bush atop the list, 8 percent said Bill Clinton is best and 6 percent said former vice president. Clinton's rival Obama comes in fourth on the list of men at 5 percent.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 26, 2007; 3:37 PM ET
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That Hillary Clinton was rated the most "admirable" woman, ahead of such women as Opra Winfrey, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others is an insult to all the women of this country. She is the most secretive, manipulative, divisive and vengeful public figure (even, ahead of Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh) in the country.

By what standards were the contestants judged, and who conducted the survey? It would not come to me as a surprise, to find out that the Clinton dirty dozen pressured the entity that conducted this survey, to rig it in Hillary's favor.

Remember, the public recently, learned, that Hillary and Bill Clinton's cabal campaigned and pressured the cowardly Iowa Des Moines Register's Editorial Board to endorse Hillary. The Clintons even, pressured (pimped)some pimps who parade themselves as Reverends (Church and Civil Rights leaders) in the African American community, to support Hillary Clinton.

You cannot put any dirty deal beyond the Clintons, when it comes to politics and political support -they would do any and everything.

Intelligent people (voters) should not read much into the stupid survey that touts Hillary Clinton as the most "admirable" woman. It is meaningless, and a hoax!

Ignatius Anyanwu
Folsom, California.

Posted by: ICA2101 | December 28, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Admirable or not, Hillary has not earned her success. She has won votes by riding on her husbands coattails. Currently, she is propped up with her husband's immense campaign machine funded by the military complex, lobbyists, and foreign donors.

History shows us a troubling pattern.

Hillary beats the war drums harder than Bush. She voted for Iraq. She voted AGAINST legislation to constrain Bush: against the Levin Amendment to the Iraq Resolution that required the President to use diplomacy at the U.N., and required a separate Congressional authorization to invade Iraq. In her second term, she voted AGAINST an Iraq war funding bill that tied funds to progress benchmarks (80-14 voted for it). She voted for the Iran resolution. This is recognized by the military complex, which has donated more money to her than any other candidated, Dem or Repub.

She does not believe in transparency, she hides her papers (First Lady, Foundation Donors, and even when investigating Nixon's impeachment), and lies to the American people (donors to Bill's foundation, foreign policy supporter...).

Hillary is a liability to the Democratic Party. If Hillary is elected, it will cause other Dems to loose their seats. In the 90s under Bill, Repubs gained control of Congress for the first time in decades, the Dems lost 9 governor positions, Al Gore lost the presidential election. This trend will continue. Two seats in the Congress were just now won by Republicans when campaigns linked the Dem contenders to Hillary.

This is Hillary's vitae. There are so many issues that Hillary is the riskiest roll of the dice.

Posted by: kiku | December 27, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I can see why people would consider Hillary the woman they admire the most. No other woman has ever been considered a viable candidate for the office of the President. She is an intelligent woman dedicated to public service.

That does not mean she is the best presidential candidate. Obama has better experience to understand the complexities of today's presidential duties: degree in Foreign Policy, Civil Rights lawyer, Constitutional Law professor, community work, State Senator, US Senator.

Posted by: kiku | December 27, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Who were they polling? well, it is one more thing running in the Bush-Clinton dynasty, but not for long

This is what London has to say on her
With the kind of chutzpah that only a Clinton could muster, the former First Lady is trumpeting her candidacy as a breakthrough for independent women, while simultaneously trying to ride the political coattails of a husband who repeatedly humiliated her.

She has appropriated the word "change" from Obama and clagged it on to her own slogan of "experience" to produce the type of ghastly justifications for her candidacy that could only have been designed by a political committee.

Few believe she has any intention of bringing about change other than a switch back to the Clinton dynasty after eight years of the Bush one.

Posted by: FebM | December 26, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and Bill are our favorite couple. She is for the young, old, and the poor people. We know we would be secure if she becomes president. God Bless America and God Bless Hillary.

Posted by: Lucille4 | December 26, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The poll results validate Hilary's potentials to improve United States' world image to where it was during Pres. Clinton's tenure as opposed to Sen. Obama's lame argument that living in Indonesia for 4 years at a very young age qualifies him as knowledgeable in foreign affairs. If it was so, then millions of U.S. immigrants can be experts in world politics, as well.

Posted by: dreamersline | December 26, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

But, But But- Sputin was TIME's Man of the Year!

LOL! TIME Magazine is trying real hard to alienate it's readers with some of those picks!

Then, If I was not included on the List, then the whole Poll was flawed!

Posted by: rat-the | December 26, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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