Barbara Walters' 2012 "Most Fascinating People"

Barbara tells "GMA" how she came up with this year's list.
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Her husband wants her to. But she's not sure. Another person a lot of people talk about for running in 2016, chris christie, the governor of new jersey. We asked hillary about her hair. And we asked him about the elephant in the room. That is his weight. Okaygovernor. I feel very uncomfortable asking this question when I'm sitting opposite you. You are a little overweight. More than a little. Yeah. Yeah. Why? If I could figure that out, I'd fix it. There are people that say you couldn't be president because you're so heavy. What do you say to that? That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. I don't know what the basis for that is. I think they're worried about your health. I've done this job pretty well. And people have watched for the last couple of weeks with hurricane sandy, 18-hour days and getting up the next day and being just as effective in the job. I don't think that would be a problem. He dismissed that. You asked the question that a lot of people do ask when they think of him running for president. He is running for governor. He's campaigned all over the place. His health seems pretty good. We're going to be watching what hahim. In the next election. And after that response to hurricane sandy, his popularity skyrocketed. And deservedly so. It wasn't all politics tonight. The hottest book of the year, "fifty shades of grey." And you talked to the author. I read it. All three volumes. But the author isn't anything you would expect, e.L. James. And the big question is, why do women want to be submissive? "Fifty shades of grey," has a handsome bachelor, who happens to use a little whip here and there, on the beautiful, young virgin. So, we talked about -- you wouldn't know any of this. I'll ask ali about this. It's fun watching you talk about it. I get inspired talking about it. This is what she says. Which do you think is more appealing to the women reading the book? The sex scenes? Or the fact that this was a man who was rich, who bought her gorgeous clothes. It's neither. What is it? It's the love story. It's the fact that he falls hopelessly in love with her. The first love. It's so sweet. "Fifty shades of grey," one of the sweetest books you'll read, right? You seem skeptical there. A lovely virgin, falls in love with a rich guy. But he has a little problem. He uses a whip now and then. Why do we all want to read the book? Everybody did want to read the book this year. You're just back from the white house yesterday. We saw those clips. You made so much news with the president and mrs. Obama. They'll be back here friday to talk about it. How did they seem to you? Very different when the two of them are together. I mean, we talked to him, with the hard news, syria and stuff. But together, they are very charming, very funny. And by the way, they have a special message for robin. Fantastic. They'll be back friday with that. We have a lot coming up. Ten most fascinating people airs

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