Last night, Barbara Walters revealed 2012’s “Most Fascinating Person” in her annual ABC special. The winner: General David Petraeus, who “was not chosen this year for his war record or his exemplary service to his country.” Instead, said Walters, “This is about military honor, colliding with sex and lies in the digital age.”
Fair enough. Even so, the segment about Petraeus — who earned this same title in 2010 as well, albeit under very different circumstances — didn’t deliver the special’s most memorable moment. Neither did portions about Walters’s other picks, which included E L James, Ben Affleck, Gabby Douglas, Prince Harry, Hillary Clinton, the boys of One Direction, Seth MacFarlane, and Honey Boo Boo (naturally).
Instead, the “Most Fascinating” scene came when Walters interviewed listmaker Chris Christie, New Jersey’s chief Springsteen lover (and, oh yeah, the state’s governor). At one point, the newswoman brought up a subject that made her feel “very uncomfortable”: his size.
First, Walters went ahead and asked Christie why he’s overweight. “If I could figure that out, I’d fix it,” he answered in a measured voice, evidently expecting the question. Then Walters said that there are people who think Christie is too heavy to run for president. Christie’s response? “That’s ridiculous. I don’t know what the basis for that is … I’ve done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job. So I don’t really think that would be a problem.”