Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'
December 20th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
2 years 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. Andrew

    That time of the month again? Some bizarre utterance from Sarah Palin makes the news? She reminds me of a child standing in the corner periodically throwing a fit because no one is paying attention to her.

    December 20, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Rick

    I really cannot stand that woman...

    December 20, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. steve

    This woman is still around talking like she knows anything? Please go back into the closet and media, stop reporting on her yammering.

    December 20, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Carol

    Palin does not understand what it means to try to bring people together. She is one of the most divisive people on the planet. I guess she has not been reading, either, because we have not yet gone over the fiscal cliff! God, this woman is beyond ridiculous. Unfortunately, there are people out there who listen to her.

    December 20, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Michael

    This from a persons who's state is the biggest socialist state in the Union. Where the odds of dying from gun violence is 10 higher then the lower 48. Where the odds of a women being involved In domestic violence is 10 higher and 2.5 times higher chance of getting raped in the great state of Alaska. Maybe she should go home and address those issues, before commenting. Beside who told her this since she doesn't read.

    December 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Foreverwar

    Shouldn't she be out shooting a moose or something? Why is she still talking? And honestly, she isn't going to fool anyone into believing she actually reads Time magazine.

    December 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. jbs1951

    14:57, 14:58, 14:59. 15:00 minutes. Time's up, Sarah.

    December 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Canada

    PLEASE STOP POSTING STUFF THAT PALIN SAYS, CNN.
    – from a educated viewer.

    December 20, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. giggity

    omg she still around

    December 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Sivick

    Stop reporting on her, nobody likes her or wants to know what she says.

    December 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Met

    Why not attack her? She sure as hell hasn't got anything nice to say about anybody else. What goes around comes around!

    December 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Pat

    Palin should just shut up. Nothing she says is relevant. No one cares what you say Palin. Just do not get into your helicopter and shoot innocent animals. Your fifteen minutes are up!

    December 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. chipmunk

    When will she FINALLY get it that we don't care what she thinks!!

    December 20, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Big Al

    America loves Sarah Palin! Only she can deliver us from evil!

    Palin-Bachman 2016

    December 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. DR

    Really, when will the media stop feeding into this. The hate filled fits of angry GOP talking points have been voted out of office. The rest of their clan will be out next time around

    December 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Daphne

    Talk about irrelevant...Palin has had to resort to reality TV to stay in the spotlight...lowest of the low.

    December 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Mike

    Just when you think you've heard the last of this underqualified politician she pokes her head out of her hole only to remind us that there will be 6 more weeks of her moromic commentary. So Sarah, what's the weather like in Russia? After all, you only need to look across the water and see what's happening.

    December 20, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Realist

    Like she is relavent ROFL....

    December 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. What!!! What!!!! What!!!!!!

    "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." What is she talking about?

    December 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Bubba10

    Wow, still a sore loser after four years. It must be eating away at her inside.

    December 20, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Mark

    The only thing missing from the photo was more white make-up and a big red nose.

    December 20, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Gayle

    She is such a sore loser. Get over it, move on. Do something for the American people for once in your life & be realistic about the situation we are in. I understand you have to keep your monies coming-in, so get a job (both you & your spouse). Maybe that's why your son could not hold on to his marriage. GET A LIFE & be productive.

    December 20, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Mike

    I'm surprised she reads Time magazine. There aren't enough pictures to keep her interested.

    December 20, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Bonnie G

    Speaking of irrelevance....

    December 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Southern Moderate

    Oh yeah ! Like she knows what Time magazine is!
    Actually she is not important to politics any longer , I think CNN should give her no more voice than they give to me , in other words just do not waste the time nor space it takes up! Follow her on twitter if you think her comments are meaningful She is no more relavant than McCain is becoming!

    December 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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