Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'
December 20th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, who's been listed twice as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," is taking issue with the publication's decision to name President Barack Obama as its "Person of the Year."

Poking fun at herself, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said the magazine lacks a certain degree of relevancy.

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"Time magazine, I think there's some irrelevancy there to tell you the truth. I mean consider their list of the most influential people in the country and in the world. Some who have made that list? Yours truly. That oughta tell ya something right there regarding the credence we should give Time magazine and their list of people," she said Wednesday on Fox News.

Managing editor Richard Stengel wrote Obama deserved the recognition because he "forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union."

But Palin, who along with 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, lost to the Democratic presidential ticket four years ago, said "those are some silly words chosen to describe Barack Obama."

"When I first heard that, the first thing that popped in my mind was: What the heck has he done? Really, what has he done, except drive us over a fiscal cliff," she said. "What has he done to unify and make our nation a more perfect union? For the life of me, I don't know."

The former Alaska governor was chosen as one of the magazine's most influential people in 2009 and held a top spot on the same list in 2010. She was also considered one of four runners-up for "Person of the Year" in 2008, when Obama first received the title, and as someone "who mattered" in 2010.

She argued that "the path towards a perfect union is our Constitution" but said Obama "sees it as a charger of negatives" that needs serious changes.

Palin stoked speculation for much of 2011 as she considered a presidential bid but ultimately decided to stay out of the running. She largely stayed out of the presidential race, instead choosing to campaign for conservative Senate candidates in GOP primary battles.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (807 Responses)
  1. Takudzwa

    Get a life Palin

    December 20, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Walter Adams

    "Time magazine, I think there's some irrelevancy there to tell you the truth," Palin said as she thought about her own political importance.

    December 20, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. paulfromnova

    Surprised she's even heard of Time, much less had an opinion on its relevance. That's progress, I suppose.

    December 20, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. paulfromnova

    Surprised she even knows of Time, much less has an opinion on its relevance. Progress, I suppose.

    December 20, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. The Other Bob

    Talk about irrelevant. Not ot mention stupid in her assessment of Obama's accomplishments. Buh-bye loser/quitter!

    December 20, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. Dan

    Palin, please get back into running for offices. Nothing inspires people to vote against republicans like having you on the ticket. People came out in record numbers to vote against you specifically.

    December 20, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Bill

    Isn't time for this half wit to go back to Chik Fil A and buy up another big bag of hate with her loser husband?

    December 20, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "What has he done to unify and make our nation a more perfect union? For the life of me, I don't know."
    -------------------------------------------------
    I do recall the evening that OBL was killed, people outside the White House gates chanting USA and singing the national anthem. Is that not unity Sarah? Jealousy is sucha bad trait. Failin Palin is only upset because the only media attention she gets is from Fox Noise and from her random appearances on DWTS. She's so irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Palin Bashes - I'm beginning to think that's her name. It's all we see of her any more.

    Who cares what that loser nobody thinks? OOps - she obviously doesn't.

    December 20, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Does she understand how hard it is to add to or modify an amendment?

    2/3 of House must vote
    2/3 of Senate must vote
    President must sign
    2/3 of United States must vote

    In today's divided country/House/Senate, 2/3 is impossible on anything except grass is usually green - and I'm sure some nuts would vote NO on that too.

    December 20, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Kris

    She is so very irrelevant. Shouldn't she be teaching her kids how to get married first and then pregnant? Never mind, they're following her well worn lead.

    December 20, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Juan

    No Mrs. Palin, YOUR becoming more irrelevant by the day.

    December 20, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. OBAMACARE is here to stay ladies and gentlemen

    Please Go away,

    December 20, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. JD

    President Obama should have won. After the Pope, no one is more worshipped.

    December 20, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Sueb

    Sarah, Barack Obama's biggest gift to this country was keeping you out of the executive office! Go back to Alaska and, for Heaven's Sake--shut up!!!!!

    December 20, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Andrew

    Won reelection maybe? Defeated a party who made their only job to make his job harder?

    December 20, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. Pete

    Palins jealous but she shouldn't be because of her recieving the nation nitwit of the year award with Gingrich,Perry,Bachmann coming in a close second..Voting was tight because republicans as you know are so full of nitwits from McCain on down so its no surprise the number of nominees this year!!

    December 20, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. moe smith

    ironic that she bashes Time magazine by saying, "magazine lacks a certain degree of relevancy." Considering she has been wholly irrelevant since before she was nominated to run as VP. The only thing of note about Palin are her tits and that isn't saying a lot.

    December 20, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. ted van tol

    o,shut up and bring your weapons in!

    December 20, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Time, like CNN, is a totally Socialist Democratic Party propagandist media.

    Of course, all conservatives are laughing at that "person of the year" selection. That's simply catering to the dictator in America.

    December 20, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. John

    That all that Saran Palin good for Is to Complaining About the President ,she was never a good Loser. And Time make a good choose when they didn't give It to her.

    December 20, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. anonoymous

    Sarah who? Just like McCain still bitter about 2008. Get over it you lost and as long as Sarah endorses candidates they'll lose too.

    December 20, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. jpmichigan

    As far as I am concern Time magazine is the greatest joke of 2012. Obama didn't deserve man of the year any more than he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 20, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. Kelby in Houston, TX

    "Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year"
    WHO CARES?!?!
    WHY DO YOU KEEP GIVING THIS WOMAN PRESS?!?
    WHY DO YOU CONSTANTLY KEEP PUTTING PALIN IN OUR FACES?!
    Did one of your viewers say "Hey, I wonder what Palin thinks" NO!
    but you, in your infinite wisdom saw fit to tell us what Palin thinks.
    THANKS CNN! Now we know an irrelevant fixture from the past thinks about the person of the year!
    THANKS

    December 20, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. mcskadittle

    who is this crazy woman and why is she still talking

    December 20, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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