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Donald Trump Ends Barack Obama’s Record Streak

President Donald Trump and former First Lady Michelle Obama were top-of-mind when Americans were asked who they admire most in an annual survey published this week by Gallup.

It’s the third year in a row Mrs. Obama, 56, has topped the list for “most admired woman,” while it’s the first time Trump has edged out former President Barack Obama, who topped the survey as most admired man for 12 years prior.

Trump, 74, and Obama, 59, tied for first place in 2019. This year, however, the current president beat out his predecessor, with 18% of respondents naming Trump their “most admired man,” versus 15% who named Obama.

An incumbent U.S. president has topped the annual list 60 times since 1964, when Gallup first began asking Americans the open-ended question: “What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”

The results of the poll were split almost evenly along party lines. Some 48% of Republicans named Trump as their top choice for “most admired man,” while 32% of Democratic responders opted for Obama (13% of Democratic responders opted for President-elect Joe Biden, instead).

As Gallup notes, Trump only has a 39% job approval rate, but “his dominant performance among Republicans, contrasted with Democrats splitting their choices among multiple public figures, pushes him to the top of the 2020 most admired man list.”

No public figure aside from Trump received more than 2% of Republicans’ votes for “most admired man.”

The responses for “most admired woman” were equally partisan, with First Lady Melania Trump leading among Republicans at 8%, followed by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who received 4%.

Seventeen percent of Democratic responders named Mrs. Obama, while 16% named Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and 5% named Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

It’s been a banner year for the Obamas, as the couple celebrated a pair of best-selling memoirs and a spate of Netflix projects, before spending time in Hawaii over the holiday season.

A recent Netflix documentary charted the success of Mrs. Obama’s 2018 book Becoming, which continues to appear on best-seller lists a little more than two years after it was first published.

Mr. Obama’s November release, A Promised Landreportedly sold 1.7 million copies in its first week on sale, far outpacing other recent presidential memoirs.

Trump, meanwhile, has had a different sort of 2020, losing reelection to Biden and mounting a series of unsuccessful legal challenges in an attempt to contest the results.

His final year as president has also seen Trump grapple with the biggest challenge of his administration: the still-spreading novel coronavirus pandemic.

Though he recently signed a COVID-19 relief bill after days of unnecessary delays, Trump has largely focused on his election loss rather than the pandemic.

In remarks Tuesday, Biden lambasted the president for what he argued was a far-too-slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should,” Biden said. “With only a few days left in December, we’ve only vaccinated a few million so far.”

With just three weeks left in office, Trump has spent the final days of his presidency golfing, unveiling a slew of controversial pardons, and continuing to tweet about so-called election fraud. The Trump family is reportedly entertaining a move to Florida after they leave the White House, while the president mulls over plans for a future in politics.

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  • Trump will always be my president , Melania is the most beautiful First Lady ever, Obama’s were the worst ever& the idiots that r coming in will be right behind the Obamas, I’m very sorry to be an American,cause the donkeys suck

    • All of that is total nonsense…President Trump was a great man in America…All of those lies about him has to stop!..There are bad news a Obama who was trying to destroy America and other countries from the ISIS…Soros is Obama’s daddy and he got paid a lot of money and he is also corrupted…Remember his famous lines…I’ve a pen and a phone…That was all he did to destroy America…So, Biden is borrowing Obama’s bad choices…But, at least, Obama didn’t take the American people’s money out of the banks or took the jobs away…Whatever, got into Biden’s mind about destroying America and taking the monies away from us, REALLY DOES HAVE DEMENTIA!! Along with NANCY PELOSI…

  • Biden is an dementia asshole& so is Harris & Pelosi, they r complete idiots & so are the donkeys that voted them in, I’m happy not to be a citizen

  • I cherish my American freedom, lve seen what socialism does to Germany, lm ashamed to be halp Deutsch afterseening what the Nazis did under the dritte Reich.Semper Fi God help America

  • Can’t for the life of me figure out why ANYONE voted for Obama , Now they have voted for the white version of him being Biden . God help us all . If the vote stands as it is today we as Americans are in deep shit .

  • “So called election fraud”…are you nuts, whoever wrote this garbage??? Hundreds of affidavits of sworn testimony of eye witnesses to fraud in the election. Thousands of counts in multiple states of underage voting, dead people on rolls voting, people out of state voting, and you have video evidence in Georgia of workers making everyone leave the room, then pulling out boxes under tables of hidden votes. Not to mention the dominion voting machines and how they are easily hacked, and were produced to give Chavez victories in Venezuela. No, nothing to see hear, move along, move along. I’m unsubscribing now

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