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.

Filed under: President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (807 Responses)
  1. Murry Burry

    Sarah Palin needs to shut her ignornant mouth and go away. She is beyond irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Gambi

    I nominate Palin for the Anderson Cooper's ridiculist. On second thought don't encourage her.

    December 20, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. rock woman

    Nobody lacks more relevance than Sarah Who? It's time for somebody to slam her right back.

    December 20, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Living-in-america

    Why does anyone still care what this woman has to say/

    She belongs with Octomom............

    December 20, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. cindy

    I like Sarah Palin, she's done nothing to hurt or cause me grief like Obama has for the last 4 years. Well the next 4 years Obama can't blame Bush. Obama has to stand on his own two feet and take responsibilty for his own actions.. he can't play the blame game this time around.

    December 20, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. dah00

    Since Palin is irrelevant, we should pay attention to her pronouncement that the president of the United States (who beat her and beat Romney) is also relevant. Geez.

    December 20, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Dan Drummey

    She has been a blessing to Obama and Democrats. The good news is Fox does not read postings about her and will keep her around.

    December 20, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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