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Obama, Clinton most admired

President Obama is the man Americans admired most in 2009, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll. Obama was picked by 30 percent of those polled, and former President Bush was second with 4 percent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the most-admired woman, edging former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin 16 to 15 percent. Other top men were South African leader Nelson Mandela (3 percent), Fox News host Glenn Beck (2 percent), evangelist Billy Graham (2 percent), Pope Benedict XVI (2 percent) and Bill Gates (2 percent). Top women included Oprah Winfrey (8 percent), Michelle Obama (7 percent), Condoleezza Rice (2 percent) and Queen Elizabeth (2 percent).

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