The cast of the Jersey Shore may have made headlines for their GTL routine. Justin Bieber earned attention for his hair. But, ultimately, the person Barbara Walters dubbed the most fascinating of the year Thursday night wasn’t a pop culture phenomenon.
It was General David Petraeus, the “American hero,” who became the lead commander of the war overseas.
Although Petraeus, 58, was honored alongside entertainers like Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and freshly-minted American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, Walters cited his compassion for civilians and his impact in Afghanistan.
“In life, it seems, there are people who break things and people who fix them,” Walters said. “This man is a fixer.”