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

    These remarks are coming to you from an individual who conducts interviews with people slaughtering turkeys in the background, well within the focus of the camera range.

    December 20, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Indyswimmer66

    Palin... ha, ha, ha...... talk about "irrelevant."

    December 20, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Wise1Speak

    SARAH PALIN: "When I first heard that, the first thing that popped in my mind was: What the heck has he (i.e. Pres. Obama) done"?
    = = = =
    He (Pres. Obama) saved the world on 4-NOV-2008 by keeping John McCain's V.P. pick (Sarah Palin) from being a single heartbeat away from 'leader of the free world'. November 4, 2008 will always be marked as the day Obama saved the nation and world from the clutches Sarah Palin.

    December 20, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Daddy Rabbit

    Why would anyone give one hoot what this has-been thinks. Why would a solid news organization like CNN even report it?

    December 20, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Jack

    Thank you, John McCain, for bringing this "soccer mom" to the lower 48.

    December 20, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Bill_Rocker

    If she's irrelevant then why are all you people spending your Thursday morning talking about her? What does that make you? ha ha ha ha.... talk about stupidity.

    December 20, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Ace Conrez

    This brainless woman should just go back to Alaska and freeze in the wilderness or eaten by a bear!

    December 20, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Arun

    Not surprised. She and the rest of the repubes should be voted the 'NO" party of the decade!! This party is such a joke!!

    December 20, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "God why won't this woman just go away?"

    Because the CNN Political Unit think she is still worth mentioning. It wouldn't matter if 315 million people e-mailed CNN begging CNN to stop quoting her. They'd still insist on insulting our intelligence with this ignorant woman's inner hate-filled ... musings.

    December 20, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. CommonSense 12 one would ever know she's that stupid, until she opens her mouth!!!

    December 20, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Knowledge4Real

    It sickens me how much undeserved worship this guy gets. Gets Nobel Peace Prize for no reason, then uses drones to kills people (terrorists and civilians). Gets Man of the Year while our economy teeters on the brink of crashing down. Should you have to accomplish something before you get an award?

    December 20, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Ratified1791

    How many times must the mentally ill low information obama voter use this childish, immature, and failed rhetoric?

    "...she is irrelevant...", "...go away...", "...Sarah who...", "...quitter...", and on and on and on.

    The Liberal War on Women starts with their number one person they fear the most....
    Populist, Blue collar, Woman of strength and resolve Momma Grizzly Governor Sarah Palin!

    December 20, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Meki60

    Obama is a charlatan as always.

    December 20, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. ThinkAgain: Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    What the heck is a "charger of negatives"?

    December 20, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. John Monteiro

    Enough is enough! I don't even want to think of where we would be today if John McCain had won. I thank THE ALL everyday for making it not happen.

    December 20, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. guest

    at least Obama has studied the constitution. she hasn't even read it but wants to wrap herself in it!!!!! typical

    December 20, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Adam Artis

    Sarah Palin,continues in her losing struggle to avoid becoming totally irrelevant1

    December 20, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Georgia from Pa

    Keep yammering Sarah- all you and your pal John Mc. are doing is reiterating just why the party of no got such a thrashing. Whether you like it or not Barack Obama IS our president, he has done a tremendous job with the hand W. handed him and he is well on his way to undoing the damage that was done for so many years. So, lady- get over it.

    December 20, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. rs

    Just what has Palin ever done to be rewarded with the loyalty (albeit of very few) seen above?

    She quite halfway through her term on the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission
    She quite half way through her term as Governor of the State of Alaska
    She was horrible while running for Vice President- displaying shocking ingnorance of even everyday events
    And, she is an apologist for the TEA Paarty- the very thing destroying the GOP

    If anything she should be reviled by the Left and the Right as a blight on all decent Americans.

    December 20, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. keeth

    Shrill, baby, shrill. And entirely irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Palin disliking the Time's choice of Obama is not newsworthy. On virtually every topic, whether it has been gun control, foreign policy, anything, she has been proven wrong once the facts come out. What is a fact is that, because of her out-of-control ego, her arrogance, and her utter lack of understanding of anything related to governance ( or society in general), she has rendered the Tea Party irrelevant and impotent. Her candidates lost far more than they have won. Her family life has become a punchline, even as she feels compelled to attack others with regards to their personal lives. Her pettiness has become her trademark. She has finally admitted that she is irrelevant, something that the rest of the country figured out years ago. She is in the public eye only because she lacked the grace and upbringing to exit public life in a dignified fashion years ago, and her ego won't let her do it now. She shows all the signs of having an addiction, craving attention. The problem is, we supply her with her fix.

    December 20, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Linda

    Eight years of Bush got on our economy teetering. President Obama is pulling us out. You can't dig a ditch to hell in 8 years and expect to fill it back up in 4. We talk about Palin because we need to put her in her place. No one talks about her until she opens her stupid mouth.

    December 20, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. mizh

    That's because Palin will never be "anything" of the year. Jeez, she needs to creep back under her mossy stone and stay there.

    December 20, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. CGosse

    Ironic choice of words for her to talk about creating unity in this country

    December 20, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. asm_ith

    What a joke. She says that Time is irrelevant because they called her an influential person, so people should given credence to Time. In that case, her comments are totally irrelevant and have no credence. So we should wonder why Fox News even bothers to have a self-admitted irrelevant person making any comments; what does that say about Fox News? On the other hand, if her comments are to be considered relevant, then she is refuting her own comments about Time having no credence. I somehow doubt if this set of logic can be explained and understood by her or many Fox News listeners.

    December 20, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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