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. Seattle Sue

    If Mrs. Palin wasn't bashing this, she would be bashing something else. This is just the type of person she is.

    December 20, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Michael

    CNN will you PLEASE let this airhead and her thoughts get lost in the wilderness and stop reporting her moronic outbursts.

    December 20, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. dzerres

    What a petty, petty, irrelevant, nasty, trivial and spiteful person this woman is.

    December 20, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. crazier by the day

    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.

    It's not 2010 anymore. Notice how "someone who mattered" is past tense. Please go away, Sarah.

    December 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Teacher2277

    Sarah Palin needs to go away! Bush left the public eye as soon as his Presidency ended because he understood that he was not popular with the majoriy of Americans. Sarah Palin has never done anything valuable, contributed to society in a positive way & when she speaks it is clear how ignorant she is. Just go back to Alaska, oh wait they don't want her either....

    December 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Honestly?

    I needed an early morning laugh. Thanks, Sarah. Jealous and irrelevant. Nothing new.

    December 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Joe

    Let the countdown to attacking Palin begin.............. please try to be original too.

    December 20, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. dave

    For once I find myself agreeing with Palin.

    December 20, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Evergreen

    Thanks McCain. Palin will always be a reminder of how lucky we were that you were not elected in 2008.

    December 20, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. ST

    Another entertainment! Who hates such a thing? What I can only say is: She holds less than an ounce of the brain. If she was one of intellectuals, she could be sitting somewhere higher than where she is now.

    December 20, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Marie MD

    OMG!!!!!! Most of her candidates lost and she will NEVER get near any political position. She has kept quiet about gun control and the children and now she crawls from under her mutant dock? Look under lunatic, traitor, bad mother and human being and there's a picture of the "new" her not what CNN keeps showing us with those paid for ta tas!!! GIVE US AND THE WORLD A BREAK!!!!?
    Can we the people take out a RESTRAINING order against this woman and any reputable news media (which CNN is obviously NOT) !!!! Does she know what irrelevancy means because she is the MOST irrelevant of her tea troll/repug bunch.
    Who gives a rat's behind about what she thinks, not that she's capable of an intelligent thought .
    We need to put her in her place which is in AK and that ugly house of hers!!!!?

    December 20, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. JAG

    Palin, go back to your backwards life in Alaska and "wave" at the Russians from your back yard. Better yet, go back to school and get a real education.

    December 20, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. kevin

    please shut up and go away. you are so irrvelevant right now. nobody cares.

    December 20, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Obama is just as much a 1%er as Mitt

    Palin happens to be right about this, though.

    December 20, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. cm

    No Comment- it not worth the time of day.

    December 20, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. Sue E

    I'm not a Sarah fan, but she is correct on this one!

    December 20, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. massconn72

    Why doesn't she just shut her mouth once and for all and just go back to the mouth breathing inbred loving woods that she loves so much. I hear that there might just be one more wolf that she can fly over and try to kill. That might keep her occupied just long enough for us to forget about just how irrelevant she is.

    December 20, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. cocosegura

    And.... why the press still look for the words of this, uneducated, underperforming ex governor of Alaska????

    December 20, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Barb

    I agree with Evergreen 210%!!!!!!! why does her opinion matter, why give her a platform to speak why oh why oh why!!!!

    December 20, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. RSVP

    She is sad and pathetic like Ann Coulter. Always trying to stay in the limelight,someway, somehow, regardless of how moronic, mean and stupid she has to look to stay there. Hasn't anyone told her that her 15 minutes were up in Nov. 2008?

    December 20, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. EGandhi

    "sees it as a charger of negatives"

    What does that even mean?

    December 20, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Gregory M. Newbold

    "What has he done, really ", Palin asked.

    Answer: RESCUED the American economy in the face of the Obstructionist Party of NO which plotted and schemed [from Limbaugh to McConnel]l to "Make him fail / Make him a 1s term President.

    The latest evidence that "community organizer is smarter than the quitta from Wasilla? 3rd quarter GDP grew at over 3%. Imagine what it would be if the Republicas had passed Mr. Obama`s American Jobs Act.

    Swallow that expanding GDP accomplishment, Palin.

    December 20, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Jeff E.

    I'll eat my words without having to. I was going to say that making Obama Person of the Year after his reelection is like making George W. Person of the Year after his. Turns out he actually WAS Person of the Year in 2004. Guess it isn't so much of an honor after all. My vote still goes to Malala Yousafzai.

    December 20, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Peace

    Madam Vice President Sarah Palin, how is it going on with your work? Can you tell us your thoughts on the Fiscal Cliff? You prepared those days grandma to fall from the cliff, have you prepared any on this current one?

    December 20, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. MP

    Really she is the most brainless politician I have ever seen happen on the American political scene. I will blame Jon McCain forever for foisting her on our country.

    December 20, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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