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Tyler Perry, Michelle Obama, Glenn Beck ‘most fascinating’ of 2009?

Are these the most fascinating people this year?

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tylerTyler Perry was named one of Barbara Walter’s 10 Most Fascinating People for 2009. It was no surprise that Michelle Obama, complete with sleeveless dress, topped the list, which also included Sarah Palin, Bret Favre, Glenn Beck and Michael Jackson’s children. Controversial performance artist Lady Gaga also made the list (and even got Ms. Walters to say “muffin” on air).

During last night’s show, the filmmaker recounted his violent childhood and meteoric rise to fame and fortune by tapping into a faith-based, comedic core that appeals to middle-class African-Americans – mostly women. When asked how he knows what women want, he talked about spending time at shops and hair salons with his aunt and mother, the late Willie Maxine Perry, who were trying to shield him from his abusive father at home.

beckPerry got very emotional when speaking about his mother, who died Tuesday at age 64, after this interview was done. He was visibly moved when explaining how the proudest moment of his life was providing a lavish lifestyle for her, a la the soap opera character Katherine Chancellor.

Barbara Walter’s Top 10 Most Fascinating People

1. Michelle Obama

2. Jackson children

3. Sarah Palin

4. Brett Favre

5. Adam Lambert

6. Glenn Beck

7. Kate Gosselin

8. Tyler Perry

9. Jenny Sanford (S.C. governor’s wife)

10. Lady Gaga

32 comments Add your comment


December 10th, 2009
12:18 pm

Another pll that is PC. What a joke.


December 10th, 2009
12:54 pm

Isn’t it about time for Barbara WaWa to hang it up? Who cares about her or any list she compiles. Horse hockey, I’d say.


December 10th, 2009
1:09 pm

Barbara Walters is so stained from her self righteous sarcasm that I think her marketable skills to today’s audience are far more than just diminished, they are fading fast. C’mon network executives . . . WAKE UP.


December 10th, 2009
1:10 pm

With the respectful exclusion of Michelle Obama and Michael Jackson’s children, I would change “fascinating” to “bizarre”.

spare us all

December 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

seriously, i am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo over mrs. obama being crammed down our throats that we should just accept her as our modern jackie o.
she is not. she is scary and racist(read the papers she wrote in college). i am tired of seeing her arms bared. it is not appropriate. i could care less that she supposedly shops at jcrew or grows organic veggies. she has no platform like past wives and needs to find something to do rather than showing up on magazine covers. clearly, she does not like to attend official functions(see photo of expression at fort hood).

Saint Simon

December 10th, 2009
1:27 pm

I am a GT FOOTBALL NERD and believe Coach Paul Johnson should be on that list



December 10th, 2009
1:28 pm

as if anyone cares who Barbara thinks is interesting….

Mr. Nobody

December 10th, 2009
1:33 pm

We the people need to be at war with our own media…why some of these stories make headlines is beyond me? Our news media has become nothing more than a semi-professional version of the National Enquirer.


December 10th, 2009
1:40 pm

Michelle Obama interesting????? oh please give me one of her belts so I can hang myself.

The American People

December 10th, 2009
1:50 pm

And who votes for this farce? Kate Gosselin? Okay, it is pretty sad that this woman along with some of the others are on this list. It must be a real slow year. Jackson children? Okay, Michael’s death was the best thing to happen to these guys since the 70’s. He died, then they got their own show and emerged back into the public eye. Adam Lambert? Lady Gaga? Freaks. And then there is Mrs. Obammy, does she need a teleprompter to?

Jimmy B

December 10th, 2009
1:51 pm

I feel sorry for the one who came in number 11 and just missed being put on this “all important list” that means “so much”


December 10th, 2009
1:56 pm

Don’t worry, THREE MORE YEARS, and the Obama’s will be out of the White House and we can start trying to get things back to normal.


December 10th, 2009
1:58 pm

Baba Waa trying to be popular? Ugh– terrible taste. Please retire.


December 10th, 2009
2:17 pm

It says fascinating, not talented…or smart…or with even a hint of appropriate self-awareness. Because the only talent consistent across that list of names is unwarranted self-adulation.


December 10th, 2009
2:24 pm

Amen Chris! The fun is over so lets get them the hell out of office so we can start put’n this train wreck back on the tracks. What a damn joke the pres. and pullozi have become. He now know’s he was never fit for this job. Alot more to it wouldn’t you say prez.

South Georgia Repub

December 10th, 2009
2:46 pm

Another attempt by the media elite to make us love what they love- the Obama family. Mrs. Obama is so culturally ignorant- she knows no protocol, no fashion standards, she is simply offensive and uncouth.

Chris said “three more years and we will be done with them.” We had better get rid of Pelosi and Reid and their ilk next year before the damage done by the President is irreversible. My only comfort is that Obama’s most similar peer, Carter, didn’t do so much damage that we couldn’t recover. Maybe the same is true of this guy.


December 10th, 2009
2:52 pm

Who is Bret Favre? Is he related to Brett?

say what you really mean

December 10th, 2009
2:54 pm

Don’t worry three more years and the Obama’s will be out of the white house and we can start trying to get things back to normal.

You do mean back to White, that is what you mean by Normal isn’t it.
(I”m so sure).


December 10th, 2009
3:02 pm

The real question is why Jenny Sandford on the list? Cause her husband had an affair.


December 10th, 2009
3:10 pm

I would love to see how many of you are Princeton educated, has worked for a high powered law firm and supervised the person that became President of the United States. I think none. So yes, Michelle Obama should have been at the top of the list. Like some of you say the list means nothing, well apparently it does, you had no choice but to comment to nothing. So there, go out and educate yourselves before you cast stones.

Q McElroy

December 10th, 2009
3:12 pm

@All. Thanks for commenting. Let’s keep in mind that this post is not about politics. The AJC has ‘Political Insider’ and several other blogs if that’s what you want to discuss. We welcome it there! From this point, comments that are severely off-topic — or include vulgarities/racial epithets — will be removed.

@ChippersLoveChild: Haha…thanks for the catch


December 10th, 2009
3:16 pm

WHO REALLY…….really cares what B. WALTERs thinks…….Who-????


December 10th, 2009
3:17 pm

Q. McElroy……..get a life……GET A LIFE


December 10th, 2009
3:42 pm

Well said Mrs. Obama. Eff the haters!


December 10th, 2009
3:47 pm

No matter who much Democrates hated Bush (daddy & son) policies, I never in history remember a 1st lady being attacked the way Michelle get attacked. I would never call Laura any of the names Michelle has been called. Race does play a part of it. I think it’s “FASCINATING” the way Michelle handle all the press………good or bad.

What the H?

December 10th, 2009
3:51 pm

To all you malcontents that say we will be better off when the President is gone? Who do you think will honestly do a better job and who should be President if not the man who was elected? Just curious?


December 10th, 2009
3:56 pm



December 10th, 2009
4:46 pm

I have never seen so much HATRED in my life, since the President and 1st Lady Obama been in office. The country was no bulid on hate but I thank God for his son Jesus dying on the cross for all the hatred I read about the Obama’s. But I can say if we do not stop the hatred God will come to judge every evil tongue that rise up against his people. If you want to say bad things about people think of John 3:13. That should shut your mouth or keep your fingers from typing so nasty words.


December 10th, 2009
4:46 pm

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Nicole Bulter

December 10th, 2009
5:11 pm

Why is there such a big deal about the President and the First lady,I believe this is nothing more than racism there was nothing being said this bad about former president bush and Laura bush, Leave the man and his wife alone.

doctor house

December 10th, 2009
5:33 pm

I think Ms. Walters list was interesting, although honestly, I don’t see why her opinion is so important. I love the Obamas, and Michelle was a great choice. Adam Lambert is really weird, though! And who doesn’t love Lady Gaga? Oh but Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin should NOT have been on that list! I’m not a fan of them AT ALL!!! Anyway, interesting choices…

Khrish Hill

December 10th, 2009
11:43 pm

Enjoyed her list of people. At least got some history of why Glenn Beck is so totally screwed up. Never ceases to amaze me how people can tolerate him and Palin. They must be the two most ignorant people in the spotlight that I have yet to see. Maybe that’s the reason.