Obama Again Wins Most Admired Man In America

And Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman. This is probably what has Cheeto Mussolini in a dither this morning. The Washington Post reports:

Since Gallup began asking Americans the people they admired the most, there’s been a consistent pattern: Whoever was president or president-elect was almost always the man the country admired the most. The most admired woman? Usually someone who’d been married to a president. Only five times has the most admired man in the country not been a president — past, current or elected. And in 2016, the trend continued, with President Obama retaining the title he’s held since 2008.

For each of the past 15 years, the most admired woman has been a very particular former first lady: Hillary Clinton. Clinton has been named America’s most admired woman 21 times, the most of any winner of the title. It’s often been a squeaker, such as when she narrowly edged out Sarah Palin in 2009. But in 2016, as in years past, no woman has been identified as the most admired more than Clinton.

Her opponent in this year’s presidential contest, though, didn’t fare quite as well. Donald Trump had the most support of any second-place finisher over the past decade, but it wasn’t enough to catch Obama. The percentage of the population that identifies him as the man they admire the most has consistently outpaced the field since he earned the top spot.

This news, coming at this moment, will probably be somewhat galling to Trump. Over the weekend, Obama told his former adviser David Axelrod that he believed he could have won in 2016, a claim at which Trump chafed. To lose an admiration contest in the wake of that seems as though it would be particularly frustrating to the president-elect.

  • Oikos
  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Gallup: Obama the most admired man in America – AGAIN!
    Trump: I have tried to ignore these many provocations from President O!

    • AJ Drew

      DT: “No Hope before ME, all gloomy!”

      Oh hell no mo-fo, don’t try to derail the hope meme…

  • bkmn

    This has to really piss the orange moron off.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      You betcha!
      {giggles}

    • Uncle Mark

      That…and no one wants to come to his party/coronation….well none of the cool people. Sad.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Let alone the best cool people.

      • ceeenbee

        Lies! All lies! I hear chachi is coming.

        • Uncle Mark

          That’s right !! What was that last TV series he was in…”Liberace Loves Chachi”?

          • Smithers

            There are a lot of people who don’t like President Obama simply because he’s black they just don’t say it out loud. Apparently being a closet racist is the only thing they know.

            What’s not to like about this president? RECORD unemployment numbers, legalized gay marriage, 5% growth, best year for jobs since 1999, consumer confidence up, deficit down 60% in 2014, gas prices low, health insurance cheaper than ever ($85/month), car insurance cheaper than ever ($25/month from Insurance Panda), the 1% starting to be taxed more!

            It’s called being a two faced hypocrite, those are the same people who are cyber bullies because they’re too much of a coward to say SHlT to your face. It’s the Republicans you really have to look for,they’re only interest is protecting the rich. Who do you think picks up the slack when they don’t pay their fair share of taxes ?

          • olandp

            Another fucking Panda Insurance commercial. Flagged!

          • beariac
    • Gerry Fisher

      Reading that made me smile.

  • Belthazar

    “Cheeto Mussolini” – LMAO!!!

    • AJ Drew

      There’s a joke somewhere here about “ALT-WHITE” but… I’m too skeeved by DT’s most recent tweets to go for humor.

      • lymis

        Well, Orange is the alternate White.

  • Uncle Mark

    BURN, Trump !!!! BURN !!!!

  • Natty Enquirer

    I’ve never been starstruck by Obama, but I will happily admit that he has more class in his little finger than Trump could ever buy.

    • Ross

      I’ve never been starstruck by Obama either.

      But over the last eight years I have grown to truly love the man and his family.

    • lymis

      I don’t have to be starstruck to admire him. I haven’t tried to pick a specific “most admired” person, but he’d certainly be high on my list.

      The only way Trump would ever manage to be on such a list of mine is if it were printed on very soft, comfortable paper. And he still wouldn’t be listed as admired so much as wiped and flushed.

    • Librarykid

      and integrity. His administration has had no scandals, in spite of the right wing ragging on him every fucking day since he was nominated.

  • Jude Newton

    Well now we know why Trump went on a rampage this morning.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      Trump must be deaf, blind and stupid (the last is of course a given) if he actually thought he was going to be the most admired man, in this or any other year.

  • ceeenbee
  • Expect a day full of cheeto-spittled outrage from the apricot hellbeast.

    • beariac

      Upvote for “apricot hellbeast”.

  • Butch

    It’s still discouraging that Trump gets the support he does.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I think that is going to change once he actually gets in office and starts screwing over the people who are still supporting him. A lot of them are not paying any more attention to the news than they ever have, and are in for something of a surprise…

      • BearEyes

        I’m not convinced they’ll notice

        • David L. Caster

          They won’t until a Democrat comes into full view and only then take an interest in their plight at which point they will blame the Democrat.

      • Butch

        But their powers of rationalization can be awesome. I’m not sure they’ll ever see that they’re being screwed. It will be the libtards, or immigrants, or Hollywood, or the coastal elites; never Trump.

        • JW Swift

          …and since they all only listen to Faux Noize for their propaganda (ahem) I meant news, they’ll only believe whatever spin they’re told.

          • David L. Caster

            Exactly. There will be no dots to connect because they will have been rearranged or erased.

  • bkmn
    • clay

      I’m hoping that Trump is unpresidented.

    • cleos_mom

      It was considerably precedented by the people who voted for him. The sheer lack of firing brain cells is…. well, mindboggling.

  • #drain the…Oh nevermind

    2017 winner: Not Trump

    • Not Trump but Hillary Clinton again. 😈

    • Chucktech

      Conversely, 2017 loser: Trump

  • james1200

    Trump is still the most admired piece of filth made of blood, semen and shit that congeals in a whorehouse mattress so there’s that.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Well, it looks like the pattern is going to be broken for at least the next four years, regardless of whether the President is Trump or Pence.

  • Chucktech

    And Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman.

    And, yet, here we are.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Mike__in_Houston

      God, I wish Obama would do exactly that. I agree with the author of the article that he probably won’t, and it sure would be the equivalent of Obama walking away from Congress with some mistletoe hanging from the back of his belt.

      I love the New York Daily News. It was my favorite guilty pleasure for years when visiting New York, but it becomes less “guilty” all the time.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      God damn, I hate that the Dems are still under the illusion of having to claim perfect form. Perfect form doesn’t get us jack!

    • Sam_Handwich

      as far as the SCOTUS appointment, Garland would have to be prepared to become a pawn in a political power play, and possibly give up his career in the federal courts eventually. and i don’t think that’s a gamble anyone should expect him to make. his seat on the DC circuit court is quite important, too

      • jsmukg

        I think many will have to be prepared to fight as dirty as possible from now on. ‘going high’ has brought us to this catastrophe and will bring us the Fourth Reich if it continues.

        • cleos_mom

          A situation where you’re being viciously assaulted is not exactly the appropriate setting for “fair fighting.”

          • jsmukg

            Indeed. When every blow from your opponent is below the belt, it’s *past* time to ditch the Marquess of Queensberry rules.

    • olandp

      I’m wondering if Obama doesn’t withdraw Garland’s nomination, and Garland doesn’t withdraw, could Don the Con make another nomination before the Senate takes action on the Garland nom.

  • and i know who is going to be the most disrespected president this country has ever seen…

    • Rebecca Gardner

      It won’t be Trump. He will only be President for a few months before the Constitution is ripped up and he becomes a Tyrannical Dictator.

      See ya in the camps! 🙂

    • rednekokie

      And not only disrespected, but the most deserving of being so, as well.
      He is already – even before inauguration. What comes after will be interesting, if not fatal to many of us.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Have they picked the poetry reading for the inauguration yet?

    • poets are limited to 140 characters.

      • HanyBaal

        Haiku?
        Heil Gropen Fuhrer
        Putin’s new orange puppet
        No, you’re the puppet

    • Rex

      They’re searching the bathroom stalls as we speak.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Oh not that Nantucket limerick again….

        • Lumpy Gaga

          What have you got against Gary Puckett???

    • Chucktech

      “There once was a man from Nantucket…”

      • Michael R

        “There once was a man named Debussy ..”

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          till one day he grabbed the wrong pussy,
          … the END.

          • HanyBaal

            Destined to be impeached
            For all the laws he’d breached
            Then fired like Gary Bussed

    • joe ho

      They’ll read from the Book of Dirty Limericks.

      Such as:

      There once was a man from Racine
      Who was an amazing fucking machine
      Both concave and convex
      He could fuck either sex
      and jerk himself off in between

    • lymis

      “There once was a fellow named Trump…”

      • Rex

        “Who’s pretty much dumb as a stump…”

        • Chucktech

          “He stole the election,
          Which gave him an erection,
          And on us all now he will dump.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “He stole the election,
            Which gave him an erection,
            And Melania screamed, ‘Must ve hump?'”

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “He kept making bets
          on all of his debts….”

          • HanyBaal

            making America his chump

    • Sam_Handwich
  • joe ho

    Study finds low levels of electoral system integrity in states Trump won.

    http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/12/24/14074762/electoral-integrity-states-gerrymandering-voter-id

    • MΩebym

      What a surprise.

  • Michael R

    ” I didn’t want to be the most admired man … oh , and RIGGED ” – Donald Trump

  • lymis

    That’s got to toast his Cheetos.

    • AJ Drew

      O/T a bit… one wonders how the folks at actual Cheeto-brand have been dealing with this?

      • David L. Caster

        They need a very clever Super Bowl ad to distance themselves from Trump.

        • beariac

          Or maybe Brit-Brit could do something newsworthy?!

  • Stogiebear

    “And in 2016, the trend continued, with President Obama retaining the title he’s held since 2008.”

    Would be a glorious thing to see this trend continue the entire time President-defect Trump is in office.

    • Treant

      If asked, I’ll be happy to help make that true.

  • greenmanTN

    I will miss her,

    “It TWIRLED” up!

  • AJ Drew
    • Lars Littlefield

      Y’all be careful with that caffeine. I read where there’s a guy being charged with driving under the influence of too much caffeine. He was weaving on the rode and when they arrested him the only thing they could find in his blood was caffeine. So, they’s a gonna convict him of drinking coffee.

  • AtticusP

    And Trump’s response will be: “So what? I am the most admired PERSON!”

    The nuclear codes are about to be handed over to someone with all the common sense and keen judgment of a cocker spaniel.

    (My apologies to cocker spaniels.)

    • David L. Caster

      The intelligence levels of those two things are not comparable. Use slime mold as a baseline when evaluating Trump.

      • AtticusP

        I think that slime mold is a bridge too far for Donald Trump and all of the Trumpeteers.

        Just sayin’…

  • AdamTh

    Keep in mind this is from a “failed, third rate” polling organization. Kellyanne Conjob will have different poll results….

  • Michael R

    Sarah Palin earned one percent of the most admired woman vote .

  • Henry Auvil

    IT’S RIGGED! MILLIONS ADMIRED ILLEGALLY!!

  • Ninja0980

    Angry Trump tweet storm coming in 3..2..1.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    If Don’s mad now, just wait until he’s labeled one of the worst presidents ever in the history books.

    • clay

      we should all live so long

      • olandp

        I figure that will happen after the first day.

      • Craig Howell

        Oh, I think he’ll qualify for that honor in a very short time.

    • Bad Tom

      YES! Please move to Russia. Persuade your friends and family to follow you!

      EVERYONE will love it there! Be sure to renounce your American citizenship, too.

    • clay

      Nope, not going to check them out, but will question whether they’re the “right” kind of Christian to be allowed Russian citizenship.

  • Gerry Fisher

    This article needs to be tweeted incessantly to Cheetolini for a few days.

  • MΩebym

    Where’s that picture of the most admired man in America embracing the most admired woman in America when you need it?

  • IDavid

    Baby Trump. Acts like a silver spooned tyrannical two year old who didn’t get enough attention from the parents bc he got shipped off to military school, which he resents and the parents LOVED. Welcome baby president Trump, may he have endless pacifiers and teddy bears for his adult cry baby crib.

  • olandp

    The voting was obviously rigged. If you take away all the illegal votes Don the Con would have won in a landslide.

  • clouds 9

    A truly class act that will never be forgotten.

  • Mow

    All together now..: snorkie!

    Edit: that was aimed at Agent Orange, btw. :p

  • Acronym Jim

    “To lose an admiration contest in the wake of that seems as though it would be particularly frustrating to the president-elect.”

    For a normal president-elect, I don’t think it would really matter. Unfortunately, we now live in a post-normal world.

    • Librarykid

      I hope it’s beyond frustrating and is actually physically heart-breaking, fatally so, chas v’sholem.

    • JWC

      The DJT fiasco has put new meaning to many things Tthe word “normal” has been shattered all to hell

  • DumbHairyApe

    I have a theory that spoiled children NEVER grow up and typically remain adolescents their entire life. The more the coddling and spoiling and the earlier it begins, the longer and more pronounced it becomes in adulthood. They’ve never had the need to act as adults…or really think things out, someone’s always done it for them, or paid their way, or paid for someone to do it for them.

    It’s just a theory- but I’ll bet DJT was SPOILED from day one because he really does act like a pre-teen or a toddler at times.

    • JWC

      Unfortunately age does not necessarily spawn maturity I think in DJT’s case its poor potty training.. damned hired help

      • Friday

        Damn, one of my little “Rules To Live By” is, “If Freud Applies, It’s Time To Go.” 🙂

  • David Walker

    Is 8 years straight a record? He certainly is admired by me. And frankly I’m happy drumpf came in second, came in second to a black guy, is first loser (by his definition, the first runner-up is the first loser), and love the humiliation he must be feeling by now.

    • JWC

      No tweets about it being rigged???

  • greenmanTN

    I am convinced that there was hacking, perhaps by Russia, but more likely from the company which supplies voting machines, from a long time GOP right-winger, or both.

    Go back just several weeks ago and the BIG story was, “Donald Trump might not trust the election result.” Then pundits and the Hillary campaign said “How very DARE he question election results!”

    But now they have painted themselves into a corner, because there is sufficient evidence that something is “off” about this election, but they can’t really go after it openly because they are already on the record saying, “The election results must be respected.”

    It’s a masterful piece of gamesmanship, though I suspect Donny’s team didn’t come up with it on their own.

    • Friday

      No one could possibly think the Russians were the *only* bad actors here.

  • The Return of Traxley

    Awaiting the the inevitable twatter storm with glee.

    • JWC

      hey Donny NYah Nayh ppppphhhhhhttttttt

  • ColdCountry

    I can’t help but wonder if Obama said that about being re-elected just to troll Trump. I’m certain it wasn’t a put-down of Clinton, so… just wondering.

    • Gianni

      I sort of got that impression. It seemed he was asked the question and just decided to answer it honestly. If nothing else, it made DumDum bristle.

  • kaydenpat

    No surprise. I’m shocked that Trump came in second though.

  • anne marie in philly

    FUCK YEAH! and fuck the orange dump; hope this pisses him and his dumplings off!

  • Gianni

    This news needs to be shoved hard up DumDum’s nose to the point that he starts throwing things.

  • andrew

    Not only is Hillary the most admired woman in America, she is the person 65,844,610 people voted for to be POTUS, but alas, we have that marvelous democratic institution known as the Electoral College.

  • JCF