Barbara Walters Names Barack Obama Most Fascinating Person Luke Kerr December 5, 2008 Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Barbara Walters hosted her annual Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People list last night and named Barack Obama as her No. 1 most fascinating person. Check out the list of Barbara Walters' nine other fascinating people of 2008 below. Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) Michael Phelps Miley Cyrus Rush Limbaugh Sarah Palin Thomas Beatie (Pregnant Man) Tina Fey Tom Cruise Will Smith Honestly, the best part of the whole special was the cameo by Joy Behar at the very end. Other than that, the list was pretty predictable.