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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 12/29/2010

New Year's resolutions public figures did and didn't keep in 2010

By Elizabeth Flock and Sam Sanders

From the enduring fame of Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" to West Coast Chopper's Jesse James dropping Sandra Bullock for a tattoo model, this year was full of surprises from actors, musicians, pundits and political figures. But if the mania over Glee's covers teaches us anything, it's that as much as some things change, they also stay the same.

We got to wondering what kind of resolutions folks would have made, and came up with a list of "resolutions" kept and broken in 2010.

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Actor Joaquin Phoenix, left, waives to the audience from the set of the "The Late Show with David Letterman," in New York, Feb. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/CBS, J.P. Flio)

The five resolutions they kept:
1. Miley Cyrus, of salvia bong and racy video fame:
Become trashy.
2. Bill and Hillary Clinton, power couple:
Rule the world.
3. Joaquin Phoenix, who may or may not have faked his documentary:                                                                                                         Become a method actor.
4. Snooki, the mascot of Jersey Shore:
Get famous, become BFFs with John McCain.
5. Glenn Beck, pundit, author, rally-holder:
Bring the word "nazi" back into the national discourse


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John Boehner cries on 60 Minutes (Screen grab).

The five they didn't keep:
1. John Boehner, new speaker of the house:
Don't cry.
2. Willow Smith, soon to usurp her father as coolest member of the Smith brood:
Get Malia and Sasha to whip their hair.
3. Wyclef Jean, musician, record producer, politician?:
Become president of Haiti.
4. Tiger Woods, professional golfer and scamster:
Be a role model.
5. Paula Abdul, nicest American Idol judge:
Continue to convince America of my relevance.

What #resolutions will you keep or break this year? Tell us in the comments or send us a tweet using the hashtag #resolutions.

By Elizabeth Flock and Sam Sanders  | December 29, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Comments

My new year's resolution is to do all I can in support of Wikileaks! Only by exposing the truth can citizens make informed judgments about our leaders and therefore make them more accountable. What couldn't George Washington do? Hold your senators and congressmen/women to the same high standard!

Posted by: dannymega | December 29, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

To live in the present, planning specific, measureable achievable realistic timely goals.

Overall, reflecting and being appreciative of previous accomplishments and take advantage of what life offers.

Posted by: mars11 | December 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

In 1988 I resolved never to make another new year's resolution.

So far, I've been perfect. How many of you can claim the same ... did you lose that weight, quit smoking, stop cheating on your wife, your husband ...

Hah, I thought so.

Posted by: eezmamata | December 29, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we keep hearing about Tiger Woods not being a role model because he had an affair and was married. Gee what an outrage, a celebrity cheated on his wife. I never heard that one before.

And then there's Ben Roethlisberger, a white football quarterback, who was charged with sexual assault in 2008 in Lake Tahoo, Nevada, and again charged with sexual assault in 2008 that occurred inside a women's restroom - but hey that woman was not "consummated" and he wasn't cheating on his wife, and, he was suspended for six games.

Funny how that's not worth mentioning.

Posted by: jKO2010 | December 31, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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