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Obama, Clinton, most admired

Obama is most admired man; Clinton most admired woman; Palin knocks off Oprah

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

President-elect Obama was chosen as the most admired man in America. Some would find this not surprising, but USA Today notes that it's "the first time a president-elect has topped the annual survey in more than a half-century. President Bush falls to a distant second after seven years as the most-admired man."

Hillary Clinton was once again the most admired woman, and has held that honor for 13 of the last 16 years. But there's another woman moving up the list -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin came in second, knocking off Obama-backing mogul talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was fourth, and Michelle Obama rounded out the top five.

Among the men, Sen. John McCain, the Republican standard bearer in 2008, finished third -- ahead of Pope Benedict XVI, the Rev. Billy Graham and former President Bill Clinton, all of whom tied for fourth.