Barbara Walters' 10 Most-Fascinating People: Ben Affleck and More

Sneak peek at Barbara Walters' interview with the actor, Gabby Douglas and One Direction.
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In her perennial effort to bring you the most fascinating people of the year ABC's Barbara Walters sat down with the obamas for their first joint interview since election today. But is also a chance to grill the president on pressing issues from the Middle East to the fiscal cliff. Barbara. -- today the president has some big news telling me that for the first time his administration will recognize. The Syrian opposition group. Trying to topple. President -- I'm sure that isolating him. And -- the president also sounded optimistic about striking a deal to avoid the January 1 fiscal cliff. But he stressed the clock is ticking. Prediction. He's going to be able to raise taxes yes -- -- -- taxes are gonna go up form where the other and I think the key is to make sure that taxes go up. On the high -- individuals like you and me -- we can afford it. And make sure the middle class families don't see their taxes go up. My phone interview with President Obama and the First Lady who -- charming and funny together. Well I have Friday. Both 20/20 eight -- on Nightline and has been a busy week for me because tomorrow night. I will have my nineteenth edition of the most fascinating people. And we have a -- terrific list we keep number one secret. But -- are few who did make the grade 2012. -- a fresh -- wasn't a tough one. It was fascinating to -- two years ago they didn't even know each other not this incredible boy band going just one direction up. And overnight sensation. Taking the world by strong and making young girls definitely screwed. If you had to describe this past year in -- -- -- what -- Beason insane. Criminal. -- -- -- -- And Harry styles who recently made even more headlines for his relationship with Taylor Swift the pair was nicknamed -- -- But the band is not you know excellent. And doing critics haven't. Always been kind about your music they had said that you're able manufactured. Fluid and you've -- that strength. Is very close minded -- should think it's -- you know and tons of cold wind like as a group and in terms of the character of the group. I think Mona makes my instruction -- We check is another young sensation. But captured our -- as early -- this year. A global powerhouse and her -- -- sixteen year old US Olympic gymnast cabin Doug -- The first woman -- column. To win a gold medal for the women's individual all around just does that matter to you was that important -- just. At times hitting any so much to me that actually go to London and -- inspire anyone and Cy -- -- struggled. You to be mature. How bad care. Can get pretty bad but she didn't let me know everything because she wanted me to focus on my training I -- definitely going to compete in the next Olympics. Definitely. And from the sexiest man alive two man of the moment Ben Affleck. It is an Academy Award winning screenwriter -- at age 26. I plan to Tehran we all slept together is something -- is not -- seriously in the running for Oscar as best director and best actor. But the true story of ago. People -- talking about you for an Oscar I mean you stock and that you directed. That this is definitely got a pronounced movement did you consider anybody else for the -- besides yourself and. You know those things where the actor was sleeping with the director so that. Had a good entree into getting the part one haven't much to do with -- as I could I just really loves. The part George Clooney -- and he was chosen sexiest man in 2006. Matt Damon your closest friend. Let's Tyson and 2007. Of the three have you. Which ones -- is the sexiest. Well. Matt has since shaved his head. And though is like -- man with a shaved -- Bullet had look let's I think is a very very sexy with hair not so much right now we have to go with.

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