Most Fascinating People: Lady GaGa "Devoted To Art", Michelle Obama Watches Mindless TV

Barbara Walters's annual special aired last night, with, as she pointed out, "a lot of powerful women." Here are four of them. Lady GaGa kind of blew me away!

I'm one of those cultural Luddites who's been fighting to ignore Lady GaGa this year, but after this interview I might have to join the rest of the world in paying attention to her. This was a pretty kickass thing for her to say: "The truth is that every bit of me is devoted to love and art and I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger, I felt like a freak. I guess what I'm trying to say is I wanna liberate them, I wanna free them of their fears and let them know they can create their own space in the world." Okay, world, you're right, she's in.

Kate Gosselin says all eight of her kids cried when they found out they were no longer going to be on TV.

An even smugger than usual (!) Sarah Palin recycles her tired old moose chili anecdote. She's the first person ever to appear on the special two years in a row :(

The most fascinating person of 2009, Michelle Obama, admits that she watches trashy cable TV to unwind. (But just for an hour a week.) The other Most Fascinating (to Barbara) people were: Brett Favre, Adam Lambert, Glenn Beck, Tyler Perry, Jenny Sanford, and Michael Jackson's kids, who, thankfully, were not interviewed.



I <3 Lady GaGa. And admittedly, I was anti-GaGa for quite some time because I really did think she was an attention seeker in the worst possible way. But I saw that YouTube video with her singing at NYU and was immediately won over. Girl has PIPES! And while her music videos continue to frighten me, they really are pieces of performance art. PLUS, I sang "Poker Face" at karaoke and it was really so much fun.

"Check this hand 'cause I'm marvelous" is an awesome line of lyrics to sing when you've had a few drinks.