Tom Hanks is the Most Trusted Person in America, According to Reader’s Digest

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Lists always annoy me because of their ridiculous rankings.  But I think this one in particular might take the cake for ridiculousness.

Reader’s Digest published a list of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.”  According to the magazine, it “teamed up with research firm The Wagner Group to poll over 1,000 Americans and discover which individuals and the ideals they represent have earned our confidence.”

That’s pretty heavy criteria.  So naturally according to those thousand Americans, the most trusted person in America is… Tom Hanks?!?

Sure, I like Hanks as much as anybody — he’s always been likable and easy to relate to (especially when he takes odd photos with fans in restaurants) — but I like him as an actor.  It’s not like most of us know him on a personal level.  In fact, to put this list in perspective the list is dominated by actors, with actors taking five of the top ten spots.  Oh, America.  We always have our priorities straight, don’t we?

Heck, even President Obama comes in at number 65 (which you probably think is either too high or too low depending on your political point of view), right below Adam Sandler.  Yes, America apparently trusts the Commander in Chief less than the guy who made Jack & Jill and Little Nicky.  Okay, to be fair, he also made Happy Gilmore.

Anyway, all of the actors who appeared on this silly list are listed below:

1. Tom Hanks
2. Sandra Bullock
3. Denzel Washington
4. Meryl Streep
10. Julia Roberts
13. Clint Eastwood
35. Johnny Depp
45. Ben Affleck
46. Whoopi Goldberg
54. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
64. Adam Sandler
74. Halle Berry
77. Ben Stiller
80. Leonardo DiCaprio
84. Cameron Diaz
89. Tina Fey

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...)For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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