Updated Oct 15, 2013 - 8:25 am
I've already decided whom I'm going to vote for. No, not for president of the United States; that's small stuff compared to the responsibility this respected leader has embraced.
My vote goes to Malala Yousafzai, and while she surprisingly didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, I'm suggesting she be named Queen of the World.
Last week, as a guest on "The Daily Show" in an extended interview with Jon Stewart, she reminded me why I admire her. This 16-year-old Pakistani survivor of a Taliban bullet is such an eloquent and inspiring spokesperson for women, education and humanity in general, I can only stand in awe of her courageous commitment and pray she is kept safe from those who openly admit they plan her assassination.
She has told the United Nations General Assembly how the Taliban runs her home district of Swat with terror and bloodshed and has politely been critical of the U.S.'s use of drones while visiting the Obamas in the White House. She also has written a book, "I Am Malala."
All this and she's just 16. She says she wants to be prime minister of Pakistan so she can be the doctor of the whole country.
Malala, God bless you. But please save some of that healing for the rest of the world, won't you?
I'm Pat McMahon.
Pat McMahon, Host