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WARMING TRENDS

Interesting. Fox News hosts Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Mike Huckabee among the nation’s most admired men? Uh, yeah. Plus two Bushes, a Cheney and a Gibson, as in Mel Gibson. Gallup Polls asked over 1,000 Americans to name the men - “living today in any part of the world” - that they most admired. Here is what they came up with:

President Obama was in first place followed by former PresidentGeorge W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Billy Graham (tied in sixth place), former President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Beck and the Dalai Lama.

But who came next on the long list? Interesting, and Republican/conservative heavy. Radio host Rush Limbaugh ranked 11th, followed by Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, Mr. Huckabee,Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president Thomas Monson, Brad Pitt, Newt Gingrich, former President George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell, Mitt Romney, Mr. O’Reilly, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Bono, Tony Blair, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mr. Gibson.

Incidentally, Gallup also found that Republicans named Mr. Bush first on their most admired list, followed by Mr. Obama, Mr. Beck, the Pope and Mr. Graham. Democrats named Mr. Obama in first place, followed by Mr. Clinton, Mr. Mandela, Mr. Carter and the Dalai Lama.

BUMPER PATROL

“Old white guys for Obama.”

Bumper sticker spotted Christmas Day on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington. Spotter reports that yes, a “kind of an old, white guy” was driving the vehicle and that the sticker appeared brand new.

THE BIG CHILL

President Obama should invent some effective insulation for that warm glow of victory following his legislative victories on Capitol Hill, with all their bipartisan thrills and gentle press. The nation still fears the economy, however, and still blames the White House for their woes.

“At the end of his second year in office, just three in 10 Americans give Mr. Obama positive ratings on the job he is doing on the economy while seven in 10 - 70 percent - give him negative ratings,” says a Harris Poll of 2,331 adults surveyed in mid-December. “When asked to compare their financial situation to last year, 42 percent feel less secure now, while 36 percent feel just as secure and 19 percent say they now feel more secure.”

F AND P

There was so much hubbub over Sarah Palin’s almost-word “refudiate” that it was named word of the year by the New American Oxford Dictionary. Yes, we remember.

Mrs. Palin, though, explained on her TLC reality show on Sunday that she simply mistyped a “p” rather than an “f” when she originally tweeted the word on July 19. And them thar are fightin’ words among press critics, who immediately questioned whether the mistake was “possible” on a standard keyboard, or if she had previously uttered the word during a Fox News Channel appearance. The New York Post ran a public poll on whether to believe her claims.

“The English language is a moving, breathing, evolving art,” Mrs. Palin observed, during the aforementioned moment on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” which is, incidentally, coming to DVD - two discs, 387 minutes - in April.

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