The following exchange was aired on the December 15 Today show:
MEREDITH VIEIRA: So who had the biggest impact on 2009? We're gonna reveal Time magazine's Person of the Year, live tomorrow on Today.-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.
MATT LAUER: We gave you the seven contenders on Monday, and asked you to weigh in on-line. Here are the results as you can see. Steve Jobs leading the way with 49 percent. President Obama in second with 20 percent, followed by General Stanley McChrystal with 11 percent. The rest of the top seven are there.
(Graphic shows Usain Bolt at 10 percent, Chinese workers at 5.7 percent, Ben Bernanke at 3.3 percent, Nancy Pelosi last at 1.8 percent)
VIEIRA: Yeah my Ben Bernanke there, is way down at the bottom there.
LAUER: Uh huh. Nancy Pelosi with 1.8 percent. C'mon Nancy you can do better.
VIEIRA: It's interesting Jobs, I guess, because everybody, almost everybody has an iPhone or an iPod so they might think of him, you know, pretty much every day.
LAUER: He was recently named CEO of the Decade.