Do any of them even deserve this title?
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump may not have won a second term in office this year, but he has managed to unseat former President Barack Obama’s 12-year streak as the most admired man in America, according to the results of a new Gallup survey released on Tuesday.
The annual survey asked respondents which man or woman in the world they admired the most, and the president managed to narrowly edge out his predecessor with 18 percent naming Trump, compared to 15 percent who named Obama.
Runners up included former first lady Michelle Obama at 10 percent, with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris both being named by 6 percent of respondents. First lady Melania Trump came in third among most-admired women with 4 percent.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and Oprah Winfrey both received 3 percent, while 2 percent chose Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and former first lady and Sen. Hillary Clinton.
The top 10 list of most-admired men was rounded out by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Lakers superstar LeBron James, and the Dalai Lama finishing with 1 percent each. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and climate change activist Greta Thunberg also finished with 1 percent.
The sitting U.S. president has been named the most-admired man by Gallup in 60 out of 74 years, with Obama coming out on top in all eight years of his presidency while George W. Bush topped the list in every year of his administration with the exception of 2008. Donald Trump, however, finished second to Obama in 2017 and 2018.
Republicans overwhelmingly fueled Trump’s ascension in the list, with GOP stalwarts naming Trump as their most admired by 48 percent. The 2020 rankings mark the 10th time that Trump has ranked among the top 10. Prior to entering politics, Trump made the list in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2011.
No other public figure received more than 2 percent of Republicans’ votes.
Democrats backed Obama by 32 percent, a decline from the 41 percent last year. Biden only made his second appearance in the top 10 after he made the list in 2018.
The record for most appearances in the top 10 belongs to the late evangelical Christian preacher Rev. Billy Graham, who has been in the list 61 times prior to his 2018 death. Former President Carter, who has appeared in the list 29 times, is the most-represented living man. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II has appeared in the women’s list 52 times while former British Prime Minister received 34 top 10 finishes, with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton appearing 33 and 29 times, respectively.
Twenty-one percent of those polled offered no response, while 11 percent named a personal friend or relative as the person whom they most admired.
From Dec. 1 to 17, pollsters surveyed 1,018 adults. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.