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. gahh

    Jealous, because she and her tea party nitwits, still can't get over their loss. Republicans are still blaming everything on Obama, like W. never existed, for 8 long money wasting years.

    December 20, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. BLUE 02138

    SP,

    Due ewe no how to read ?

    Time magazine ?

    I bet you're still trying to get through reading: "See Mitt Run, See Ryan Run" the newest kindergarten book.

    December 20, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. carlos

    Like her or not, this lady sure generates a lot of response. Look at all the haters here that profess their dislike for her as they take the time to read an post all about Sara.

    December 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Jean

    Sarah who????

    December 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Brian Dodge

    Palin "largely stayed out of the presidential race, instead choosing to campaign for conservative Senate candidates in GOP primary battles."

    How's that workin' out for ya, Sarah?

    "Republicans fell short Tuesday in their effort to win the Senate and take full control of Congress, losing practically every key race - a series of frustrating losses two years after the party's gains in the midterm elections." Fox news

    Instead, the Democrats increased their majority by two seats, 55-45, by winning 25 out of the 33 contests. (That's 75%, B's)

    @ C Bauer – As a liberal, I hope Sarah doesn't STFU, but turns her attentions to House races in the next midterm elections – Please, please please, Sarah, doan throw me in that brier patch by campaigning for Tea Party 'Publican House candidates.&;>)

    December 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Brian Barratt

    But my, she certainly looks gravity defying and perky in her red blouse....Stupid...but perky.

    December 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Smacky Smooth

    Honey, you arent revelant anymore. Hear the crickets? That is your cue to leave the stage.

    December 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Ann

    Palin can now feel free to go back to selling her wares and yakkin to the preppers. And they can take her book down that hole to read when they get tired of loading their weapons and waiting for nothing to get them.

    December 20, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Just Saying

    Jealous much Sarah? Well, if anyone would know about being irrelevant, it would be her. However, I do not consider the President irrelevant. I think it is a truly deserved acknowledgement of the President and I applaud TIME.

    December 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Tom

    If the world is to end tomorrow, we can all thank God that we will not have to deal with this goofy b itch any longer.

    December 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Jersey Girl

    If there was a magazine called "Irrelevant," they should put her on the cover!! LOL

    December 20, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. AmVet

    Palin still insists on thinking before speaking and once again ends up embarrassing herself - and the GOP - by putting her foot in her mouth. "When I first heard that, the first thing that popped in my mind was: What the heck has he done?" Sarah, have you learned NOTHING from your dreadful yet very telling interview with Katie Couric? Would it be asking too much for you to READ the article instead of merely repeating words you think you've heard?

    December 20, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Honestly?

    Sometimes I wonder why the media continues to print the drivel spewed by Mrs. Palin. She is close to being the most irrelevant person in this country. But then I'm like, she's a hoot. Just. A. Hoot. I won't miss her when they come to their senses, but until then..... A tearful laugh a minute.

    December 20, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. scottf

    Palin is old news and a waste of space.

    December 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. empeegee

    Good grief on a biscuit, woman. Keep some dignity and stop trying to make yourself relevant.

    December 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. woodin59

    Must be tough out living her 15 mins of fame.......she hasn't learned a thing from her days of throwing out the usual nonsense bombs for attention.

    December 20, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Time magazine did Palin a favor once, she knows she'll never get that favor again because she knows nobody is stupid enough to offer her another political position. So we can always expect Palin to be negative about everything, her elevator doesn't go any higher.

    December 20, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. tffl

    Since even _she_ agrees her 15 minutes are up, why does CNN continue to publish her yammering?

    December 20, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. ironman59

    Anyone that listens to what this irrelevant troll has to say needs their head examined. Comments like hers are designed for 1 thing, bring attention to her. The world needs to stop worrying about her opinion on anything.

    December 20, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Willie Floyd

    I think 760 comments are MORE than enough. Now get her out of our sight so I don't have to see her face everytime I come on this sight!!

    December 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Sal

    She should talk, and when she mentions republican values she should just look at her own dysfunctional family. She is joke....... 

    December 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Vic

    Was this one of the publications she couldn't...oh I mean didn't read?

    December 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. idecomp

    Sour Grape Syndrome...

    December 20, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. weewee

    Reminder: let sarah know that the election is over.

    December 20, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. ATLJack

    Fascinating how LOSERS feel free to criticize the WINNERS chosen by the people.

    December 20, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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