Barbara Walters names her most fascinating person of 2010. And it's not Lady Gaga
As of last week, it seemed obvious that Lady Gaga would be named Barbara Walters's most fascinating person of 2010.
She hadn't already been mentioned among the eight previously released names on Walters's list. Given all the media attention surrounding her this year, she seemed like a lock.
So it was surprising last night when Walters announced this year's winner and it turned out to be...
Gen. David Petraeus?
Clearly Petraeus, who became the lead commander of the war in Afghanistan earlier this year, has a far, far more important job than Gaga or pretty much anyone else on the list.
And that's exactly why he seemed like such an odd choice. It was almost as if Walters felt a need to choose someone respectable to recover from having used the word smush during an interview with the "Jersey Shore" cast earlier in the hour.
Seriously, look how the final list of fascinating people plays out: Justin Bieber. Cast of "Jersey Shore." Betty White. Mark Zuckerberg. Kate Middleton. Jennifer Lopez. LeBron James. Sandra Bullock. Sarah Palin. And ... Gen. David Petraeus.
As they used to say on "Sesame Street," one of these things is not like the others. Also, it should be noted that no one on this list wore a dress made entirely out of meat on a semi-legitimate awards show. And that should disqualify at least a couple of these people.
Do you think Petraeus was a good choice? Should Gaga -- or someone else -- have been deemed most fascinating instead? Vote in our poll to voice your opinion on this clearly life-altering matter.
| December 10, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
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