Auld Lang Syne: A look back at our best-read stories of 2008

McClatchy NewspapersDecember 30, 2008 

There are many ways to recall 2008. The first African-American president. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

But how about that naked lady in Dick Cheney's sunglasses? Or that woman who asked Obama about his lapel flag pin during the ABC debate? Or China's anger at Bill O'Reilly?

Those topics were among the 25 stories that were the most-read by McClatchy Web readers. What better way to remember 2008 than revisiting what readers found most interesting?

1. Is that really a naked woman in Dick Cheney's sunglasses?

2. Holiday sex: Christmas season is peak for mating

3. McCain could still win — if everything broke his way

4. Bush shoe incident caught Secret Service flatfooted

5. Clinton's '35 years of change' omits most of her career

6. Palin soap opera: Drug in Levi's mom's case is oxycontin

7. Out of bounds! McCain misstates Obama sex-ed record

8. Clinton blasts Bush for not stopping a project Bill OK'd

9. Daring to utter the 'L' word: Obama on track to a landslide

10. Tabloid's claims threaten Edwards' role at party's convention

11. Palin's own words: 'Amazing we did as well as we did'

12. Alaska glaciers grew this year, thanks to colder weather

13. Father who joined up after sniper killed son deploys to Iraq

14. Obama's unusual transition: Already a co-president

15. Obama blames Fox News, e-mail for likely loss in Kentucky

16. Missouri, the bellwether, backed the loser. What happened?

17. An angry China is lashing out at its foreign critics

18. Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

19. Obama questioner explains why she finds him annoying

20. Bar owners turn to alcohol 'audits' to cut spills, boost profits

21. General who probed Abu Ghraib says Bush officials committed war crimes

22. More Palin family trouble: Levi's mom's been arrested

23. Miami airport security cameras see through clothing

24. Palin meets the press, and the reviews aren't good

25. Another Catholic pastor labels voting for Obama a sin

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