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


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soundoff (807 Responses)
  1. Sarah who?

    I'm not saying I disagree with her, but for someone who couldn't even tell Katie Couric during her VP campaign interview one magazine she reads to stay on top of the issues she should keep her comments to herself. My guess is she didn't read this article either.

    December 20, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Keith

    Please stop paying any attention to this women – she needs to go home and stay home

    December 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Mark

    Sarah plans on getting into the White House. The tour starts in an hour.

    December 20, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    No one was interested in your opinion in 2008. That has not changed even in 2012. Would you rather stay silent and appear to be intelligent than pen your mouth and prove the difference.

    December 20, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. wildernessyes

    Jealous maybe? What a joke.

    December 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Jeff H

    Looks to me like She's set herself up again to look more ignorant then the last time she opened her pie hole. .She talks relevancy and Time Mag???? What has she EVER done in her life that has any relevance what so ever . Everytime she speaks she looses more support from the Hillbillies that believed she was about something. How's that reality Mother Bear-y thingy goin for ya?

    December 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. NFL

    Get over yourself – he's done WAY more than when Bush was named...and what has SHE done to be named an influential person, besides ramp up the divisive nature of politics??

    Obama is NOT the one driving us over the cliff...we are recovering from spending (2 wars, Prescrip Part D) that were not paid for...and now the GOP is crying wolf??

    December 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Tonya

    Can you say jealous. What a waste of news. This woman is a horrible person.

    December 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Sarah'sAHater

    Sarah's a REAL HEATER, she's a person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather
    than be happy she TRY to make a point. President Obama is The President of the United States of America. Sarah has been listed twice as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," It's over SARAH it ENDED after you lost the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee.

    December 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. ingyandbert

    "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.

    There you have it, folks. Headline: PALIN ADMITS SHE'S IRRELEVANT. Now if she'd simply shut up...

    December 20, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Bev

    i agree with her wjhat has he done? the only reason he won a second term is because alot of people stayed home & did not vote

    December 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Chris

    Why are we dignifying what she has to say? Aside from being a media sideshow, she is irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. J. R. Schweitzer

    Who told her.... I highly doubt that she could read that for herself.

    December 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Michael

    Talk about irrelevency. Nice to see she can make fun of herself but does she really think anyone is listening to her anymore? Her stupid party is in tatters and has never been more irrelevent. What has Obama done? He guided us through the worst recession in 3 generations without us dipping into a depression, he achieved healthcare reform (something that couldn't be done by anyone else in the last 70 yrs), he presided over another 4 years where Iran and North Korea didn't get a nuclear weapon (something Republicans said would happen within a year or two if Obama were elected), he restored international credibility and respect for American rather than international fear and loathing of America, he got financial reform of Wall Street passed. If Palin ever read a book or magazine other than "Highlights" or "Where's Waldo" (as Katie Couric demonstrated she hadn't), she would know these things. Palin is a dolt and a dimwit and no one in the country is less relevant than she.

    December 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Keith

    This pathetic, wretch of a woman is at it again. Here is some advice for the media: Please stop giving her the attention she so desperately craves.

    December 20, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. bill

    oh my goodness when will this fool go away and crawl under a rock????!!! I still blame McCain for giving this idiot her big break. And Lord knows Palin sure as heck doesn't know how to read (i.e. Katie Couric interview)

    December 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. LBB

    Funny visual. Sarah Palin sitting up in her living room with her laptop all bundled up in her pjs by the fire reading this CNN article and the comments. She needs some of that "ME time" ! HI SARAH!

    December 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Jasper

    Crawl back under your rock Sarah

    December 20, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. JEANNE

    the GOP has a serious problem – they have no one with any common sense or intellect.

    December 20, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. John

    The magazine lacks relevancy, yet she saw fit to comment. Cut of the same cloth, in my opinion.

    December 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. vera

    Why dose the media even prints anything she has to say???????????????????????????????

    December 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. sigh

    It had to happen sometime, just by sheer happenstance, Palin is right... *cringes* Obama may be a mediocre to decent President, but 'Person of the Year?' Not even close. Give it to someone deserving.

    December 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. diverup

    Sarah Palin is one of the most patriotic American this country has, she was an great governor, didn't put up with any garbage, left or right. That is why politician's bash her, and also won't stand beside her. She puts herself in the front of the firing squad, for you. She is one of the people. She wants to see people prosper, not cower in the corner waiting for a morsel. Let's all look in the mirror, and as JFK said, ask not what your country can do for you. Or have all you that claim to be liberal, forgot that one?

    December 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Ron

    It was a generous stretch to keep paying attention to this woman until 2010. She is completely irrelevant now.

    December 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. DCHICAGO

    Doesn't she know,she is irrelevant?

    December 20, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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