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Greatly Admired Politicians: Clinton and Obama

Updated on April 17, 2013

America's Most Admired


Champions for regular Americans

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton through their party proved they care about ordinary Americans with solutions for those who lost their homes in the mortgage crisis and in addressing the healthcare crisis. As Democrats both have taken stances against wealth monopoly and tax breaks for a small percentage of extremely wealthy Americans, while a healthy support for business and industry has been maintained during their reigns. The Democratic formula they have supported has brought them great admiration, and America has accepted them as understanding politicians who are in touch with the heartland.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama addressed the Healthcare Crisis


Addressing Healthcare Crisis

Both Hillary Clinton as First Lady of the United States and Barack Obama as President exhibited compassion and a sense of responsibility and attention toward the American People with their focuses on the healthcare crisis. These two have proven with their actions that they consider the health and welfare of the American People more important than the demands for profit from the medical industries. While respecting industry, each has shown a compassion for ordinary Americans and a genuine concern for those less fortunate.

Barack Obama, U.S. President 2009 -


A USA Today/Gallup Poll named 2011's Top Ten Admired

For the 2008 Presidential race many people believed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would have comprised the perfect ticket as winning campaign partners for the presidential election. When the two didn't share the president/vice president slots on the Democratic ticket some folks were disappointed. Yet after Obama's election and his selection of Hillary as Secretary of State it became evident that the two are independently popular and politically gifted. Their independent positions in high office proved to be advantageous for the country.

The USA Today/Gallup Poll listed the two as holding the number one spots as most admired among the world's men and women for the year 2011. While it's not as surprising as thought provoking, a glance to the past might help explain the success stories. The poll lists more than these two, naming ten winners for each of the two groups. The list of names is interesting and a glance at each of those winners lends insight to exactly what qualifies a person to win such high levels of popularity and admiration.

Little known facts about President Barack Obama

  • Speaks Spanish
  • Collects Spider Man Comics
  • Left-Handed
  • Has read every Harry Potter book
  • His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
  • He watched sports channels during his presidential campaign
  • He once had an ape for a pet
  • Likes the games of poker and Scrabble
  • Favorite artist is Picasso
  • Favorite movies are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Why Barack Obama?

Why Barack Obama? He's the first African American president in the world having broken the barrier to prove that America as it stands is indeed a nation for all people. His stature in the political arena is one of dignity and grace. Compassion and interest in the welfare and security of mainstream America is a dominant subject in his speeches. President Obama is likeable guy who's attractive and carries himself with dignity. Although some of his policies are unpopular, it depends which policy is being scrutinized and who's casting judgement. He's made an affordable healthcare insurance program available for the uninsurable and uninsured working class, and designed a rescue mechanism for the middle classes who've been left out in the ability to insure their families. He's won the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts in strengthening international relations and cooperation, and he's recently brought the Iraq War to an end. President Obama inherited the task of fixing a failing economy and moved to stabilize it with his attempts in finding and implementing solutions for struggling and potentially homeless Americans amidst a ghastly mortgage crisis. With healthcare and mortgage assistance, he has given many people hope, and helped stabilize the country in the midst of the financial crisis. He has been successful with international relations and has proven to be a strong, focused and diligent leader.

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State 2009-2013


Why Hillary Clinton?

Few would argue the fact that Hillary Clinton is the most successful and admired female politician in the history of the United States. She's a sparkling success story–– an inspiration for women and mothers around the world. Hillary has received many awards for her activities concerning health, women and children. She's intelligent, independent and a solid role model for those who strive to better their lives. Her success as First Lady included a strong focus on healthcare and the welfare and education of children. Her influences in other countries encouraged women to become active in their own political processes. She quietly endured the scandals within her own family and stood strong, holding her family together. As U.S. Senator representing New York, Hillary was involved with ethics, protection of family entertainment and issues surrounding same-sex marriage. She opposed the Iraq War troop surge with particular interest focused on the financial crisis, economic stabilization and in protecting the interests of the American people. As Secretary of State, Hillary began her position in making phone calls to dozens of global leaders to repair damage and increased diplomatic presence in Iraq. She's battled hunger and taken a stand for the freedom of the internet. She was active in the Egyptian crisis and continues to speak out in as a proponent for gay rights. Her achievements have affected the entire world, and her performances in the public offices she's held have greatly benefited the people of the United States.

Little Known Facts about Hillary Clinton

  • She was a director for Walmart for 6 years
  • She was once an active Republican
  • Hillary is the 3rd female Secretary of State
  • She was the first female to be elected to the New York Senate
  • Won the TV quiz show College Bowl
  • Has been named as one of the 100 most powerful lawyers
  • Was a member of the Nixon impeachment inquiry team
  • As a child she wanted to be an astronaut
  • When first married to Bill she kept her maiden name
  • Chelsea was named after the Joni Mitchell song, "Chelsea Morning"

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      michabelle 6 years ago

      Thank you so much Cred, I agree completely. It's very difficult for people to recall the gas prices of 2008 and the money spent on all the wars prior to Obama. He inherited a pretty ghastly situation, and I think four more years will give his administration the opportunity to set our country on the right path. Things are beginning to look better so let's hope it continues. I am touched by his compassion for every day people. It appears he's not courting the jet-set as one would think. It's refreshing.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Michabelle, ell, under the circumstances, I think Obama has done a good job regardless of what the rightwingers might say! Thanks for an article that nicely recaps and brings an end to a most turbulent year.

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      michabelle 6 years ago

      Hi Frog Prince, thanks for the comment. I guess it depends on which poll you believe. I keep looking for the sky to fall and it hasn't yet, so Obama must not be all that bad. Thanks for your comments. Happy New Year!!

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      michabelle 6 years ago

      Hello Steve, thank you for your comments. I suppose this was just one poll if you want to know the truth I had never heard the name Thomas Monson in my life. (Silly me, I guess!!) Happy New Year!!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Funny that in a companion poll Oabama made two lists at the same time - Most Admired and Most Corrupt. Tells you where the moral fiber of society lies.

      The Frog

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      A very interesting Hub, but I can't respect a poll that places Bachmann or Palin in the ranks of Clinton or even the talk show host Ellen, and Obama with Bush and Trump and Graham!