Veteran newswoman Barbara Walters revealed her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 on Wednesday (December 9) and First Lady Michelle Obama was this year’s number one pick.

Mrs. Obama follows in the footsteps of her husband President Barak Obama, who received the number one slot in 2008.

In case you missed the special, here is an excerpt from Mrs. Obama’s interview as well as the complete list:

MS. WALTERS: You know, I understand that many nights when you and the president and the girls sit down for dinner you do something called the rose and the thorn.


W: The best and worst.

O: Yes.

W: So look back over this past year. What is the rose, what’s the thorn?

O: The rose has been the response of people, not just this nation, but around the globe. Seeing the warmth and the excitement, those have all been roses.

Thorns — you know, not so many thorns. I mean, as Barack says, he has the thorny job.

W: Yeah.

O: If there are any thorns, it’s just the constant concern that I’m — I’m doing enough and that I’m doing my best and that I’m making the country proud. And, hopefully, people are happy with the job that I’ve done so far.

Here are  some others that made Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009:

Tyler Perry – Tyler Perry is an actor, writer, producer and oversees a multi-million dollar empire. Fans know Perry best from his Christian theatrical start and his beloved matriarch character Madea.

Kate Gosselin – Reality mom Kate Gosselin was thrust into the spotlight when her family’s TLC reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” became a hit. While often criticized for her stern parenting, fans became sympathetic to Kate once revelations surfaced that her husband Jon – the father of her eight children – had cheated on her.

Sarah Palin – With the release of her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin discussed the 2008 campaign with Walters along with the effect fame had on her family life.

 Brett Favre – The star NFL quarterback made headlines when he came out of retirement to join the Minnesota Vikings. To date, Favre is the only player to win the Most Valuable Player award three consecutive times.

 Michael Jackson’s three childrenParis, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II — have had to deal with the very public loss of their father as displayed at the King of Pop’s Memorial Service at the Staples Center. The eye-opening event made many realize, Michael Jackson’s children have always had to share their father with the world.

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