When Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” TV special first aired in 1993 (with a producer-mandated 12 nominees, rather than 10, Babs noted in a cheerfully bitter tone), its No. 1 spot went to a the newest first lady on the scene, Hillary Clinton. And apparently, Clinton has lost none of that luster, as she was once again named Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013 – and of the last 20 years – on Wednesday night’s ABC special.
Most of the conversation focused on whether the former secretary of state could confirm the growing speculation that she’ll be running for president in 2016. But Clinton bobbed and weaved, telling Walters, “I haven’t made up my mind…I will look carefully at what I think I can do, and make that decision sometime next year.” Clinton did say that, were she to be elected president, husband Bill could possibly go by the title “first mate.”
Clinton shared some lovely sentiments about leaving a legacy “of integrity and service,” and it was all a (very) slight hint at the 2016 election, but it was also almost exactly what she said when she made 2012’s Most Fascinating list…but without all the snarky hair stuff. Barbara made sure to note that, this year at least, she did not ask Clinton about her personal grooming habits.
The other Most Fascinating People of 2013 were Miley Cyrus, the Royal Baby, Edward Snowden, Kim Karadashian and Kanye West (with some excellent passive-aggressive commentary from Walters: “their music video, which features Kim ‘acting’ ”), Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Roberts, the cast of Duck Dynasty (Phil Robertson was, coincidentally, not in attendance), and Pope Francis.