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. LINDA OPERLE

    Wow and I was enjoying all the past months of not hearing from this well..can't say that word. For her to speak to relevancy is laughable she can be named the most irrelevant person of ALL TIME except Grover Norquist that is.

    December 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. abby1

    This person is irrelevant. She needs to shut up. She has nothing to contribute on the national scene. The only thing she represent is negativity and hatred. We are tired of hearing this crap.

    December 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. GlazedDonut

    who is Sarah Palin?

    December 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Who Said That

    Whatever political influence this woman may have had those days are long past. Why keep her in the news she has nothing relevant to say.

    December 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Dee

    Excuse me. Remember Palin's 2008 interview when she was asked an easy question that, of course, she couldn't answer? Was Time magazine on the list of magazines Palin read? Nope, don't believe so. Is it that she has moved up intellectually (ever so slightly), or did someone read the magazine to her? Whatever!!! "Sarah Palin, I think there is some irrelevancy there to tell you the truth."

    December 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Alan Johnson – Read the "Person of the year" endorsement. It is truly an honor for our president. As for Palin, she is suffering from "Glen Rice Rejection."

    December 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Joe Black

    Who is Sarah Palin? Is she relevant?

    December 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. ChiTownArt

    Seriously, why is this woman still getting national press coverage? Other than her family and friends, who really cares what she says?

    December 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. J Roberts

    Right Ms Palin Obama did nothing under his stewardship and his administration a World Wide Depression was adverted.

    December 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Dave

    Dear Sarah – For someone who quit as the Governor of Alaska (mid-term) under a cloud of financial impropriety and used your infamous limelight to do nothing more than fatten your bank account, I can see where you would have contempt for someone like the President. After all he is everything your not. Holding office, running the country, and fixing the problems created largely by the Party of Sarah. He was also re-elected and in great demand whereas you – if you read the posts – are merely a disfucntional sideshow quickly fading from public view.

    December 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Ratified1791

    Trueblue American –This is hilarious...hundreds of posts from liberal knuckleheads talking about how "irrelevant" Palin is today. Liberals are a funny bunch...a collection of mama's boys and girls
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    A nice classy way of saying .....liberals suck!

    December 20, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Mark in Seattle

    Sarah never met a grudge she couldn't keep.

    December 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. fjgnhdjhf

    If handing out race cards make you person of the year then he deserves it!

    December 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Toni Smith

    abby1 is right! Who cares what this irrelevant person thinks about anything? Please, some peace and quiet from Wasilla would be much appreciated!

    December 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Billkwando

    Person of the year dismissed by the nobody of the year. This comes as a massive surprise to pretty much nobody.

    December 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. vamom23

    Palin who???

    December 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. EPAB

    For heaven's sake who cares what Palin says or thinks? She's a has been who never was!

    December 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Louis Merriken

    Sarah Who???

    December 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Bob

    Who is Palin? Isn't she busy between watching Russia and moose hunting? I would rather hear from Mickey Mouse.

    December 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Beckfield

    Speaking of irrelevant: Why are there still articles about Sarah Palin?

    December 20, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Norene Hansen

    The women has a point. Almost as confusing as when he received a Nobel prize.

    December 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. LetsBeCivil

    Like I care what this woman thinks

    December 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Crymore

    Your 15 minutes are up honey.

    December 20, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. JoeyJoeJuniorShabadoo

    why is a reality tv personality's comments in the political section?

    December 20, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Patriot

    Can you imagine Palin as President? She is just G.W. Bush in drag.......

    December 20, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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