George H.W. Bush Almost the Most Searched Political Figure of 2013

Bush 41 comes in second after President Obama.

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Former President George H.W. Bush waves during the game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Dec. 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Former President George H.W. Bush was a popular search in 2013.

Yeah, yeah, of course President Barack Obama would top Yahoo's list of top searched U.S. political figures of 2013, but it was former President George H.W. Bush who came in second.

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So what made this a pretty big year for Bush 41? His year started off with a health scare, landing the 89-year-old ex-president in the hospital for several weeks and causing him to miss Obama's second inauguration. But later in the year, things looked up. In July, the former POTUS made headlines for shaving his head to look just like a 2-year-old leukemia patient.

In August, he attended and spoke at the opening of the presidential library for his son, George W. Bush. And in September, he was a witness at a gay wedding. Just this Wednesday, Buzzfeed did a piece on Bush, pointing out that he was wearing really cool socks. (They had his face on them!) Even granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager had something to say about the "selfie socks." "His mom always said, 'Don't be braggadocious,' but evidently he likes his own face," Hager said Thursday on "Today."

Behind Bush comes a pack of predictable politicians. There's Hillary Clinton, who's already getting tons of 2016 interest; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a booming voice during the shutdown, followed by Anthony Weiner, whose bizarre sexting antics led to a cartoonish New York City mayoral bid.

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Another 2016 hopeful, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was No. 6 on the list, followed by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who spent the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre lobbying for tighter gun laws. Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster in June turned her into a household name and made her the eighth most searched American political figure in 2013. And rounding out the top 10 is former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry, who took over Foggy Bottom in February.

Here's the list:

1. Barack Obama

2. George H.W. Bush

3. Hillary Clinton

4. Ted Cruz

5. Anthony Weiner

6. Rand Paul

7. Gabrielle Giffords

8. Wendy Davis

9. Bill Clinton

10. John Kerry

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