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. CJBaker

    I think she means SHE lacks a certain degree of relevancy. Palin is very irrelevent these days. The only thing Palin has done to improve the US as a more perfect union is to stay out of politics. Now, if she would simply keep her mouth shut, then we would be an even more perfect union.

    December 20, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Jacob

    There are so many people that would be a better president than obama and would be a better pick for person of the year. She makes a good point. What has that guy done except weaken our country. You think we're better off? Think again. Look at the debt. He called Bush unpatriotic and unAmerican for raising the debt limit. Now he wants free reign to do it without a vote from congress. Sounds like a dictator to me. Gas prices, up around $2 more than when he took office? Good job. Benghazi? Well done sir. Sandy? They're still homeless approaching Christmas and in the dead of winter. Marine jailed in Mexico and his press secretary knows nothing about it? All the bailed out companies that went bankrupt anyway on our dime? Black Panthers threatening voters with no repreccussions from eric holder and the justice department? I say this moron is unfit for any job.

    December 20, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Ratified1791

    "..Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.." – Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals"

    ...Ronald Reagan was stupid ....George W Bush is stupid ....Sarah Palin is stupid.
    Sound familiar? Lather, rinse, repeat

    It is the favorite 'propaganda technique' favored by low information democrat voters that is used to attack their enemies:
    ad hominem (personal attacks), ad nauseum (repeat attacks), name-calling (arouse prejudices and fear)

    December 20, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. john

    her quote: "For the life of me, I don't know" should be her standard answer to ANY question she is EVER asked for the rest of her time on this planet~it has a ring of truth to it that even she can't screw up...

    December 20, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Kelby in Houston, TX

    here is the introduction to a really scary thought...
    Sarah Palin could have been vice president and subsequently...PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

    December 20, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Tony in St. Louis

    McCain invented her, and the media gave her life. Now the media continues to provide CPR. I guess it's good to get a reminder of how close to tragedy this nation was in 2008'! The GOP should never regain power, incredible incompetence.

    December 20, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Richard R.

    CNN: Are you serious? It's now an established fact that the administration misled on Benghazi. Need more proof: Ms. Clinton is faking illness so she doesn't have to testify today!

    December 20, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Tom Waring

    Her comments make her look small.

    December 20, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. ready

    hitler, mao, and stalin were person of the year once.

    Person of the year is the most influential person that was newworthy last year, not the "best" person of the year. Will this right-wing ridiculousness never cease?.

    December 20, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. J. Davis in Knoxville, TN

    Who cares what Palin thinks? Barack Obama is my hero and Time made a good choice in naming him Person of the Year.

    December 20, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. fastrack1

    Irrlevant Hall of Fame nominees: Palin, Trump, McCain, Romney, O'Reilly and the moron at CNN who thought this was newsworthy.

    December 20, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Don

    Sarah Palin is a true American who sticks to her beliefs and doesn't buckle because of the criticism or for politics. She's a breath of fresh air and tells it like it is. God Bless Sarah Palin

    December 20, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. jake

    Palin has no issue with stupidity. She has championed the art herself. But she seems to think or lack thereof that what she says still has credibility. I only comment here because of the comic value she brings to my morning. Kinda like fox and friends. You can't take them seriously because in reality you can't fix stupid.

    December 20, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. jeni

    I'm sorry – remind me again who sarah palin is?

    December 20, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. guest

    Obama is a constitutional law professor and has, at a minimum, read and studied the constitution and all relevant contemporary documents. But Ms. Palin is going to wrap herself in the constitution?

    December 20, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Grace

    Knowledge4Real – Answer to your questions –
    Barak Obama has the Favor of God on his life just as King David in the bible. They both weren't perfect, yet Almighty God loved them. Only God knows our hearts. Of course we have the right to judge but the final judge is God.

    Have a peaceful Christmas. Thanks.

    December 20, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. denouemen

    The quintessential and most telling comment from the failed Alaskan Governor–"For the life of me, I don't know."

    December 20, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. davedave2

    Superstorm Sandy, He beat Romney and the Koch brothers -Basically i am surprised Time picked a person as person of the year -– The most hilarious thing is Conservatives and republicans critizing the President over the use of drones -- I guess they want Mr. Obama to invade one of Saudi Arabia's business competitors with a giant army and see thousands of our troop die for the Saudis instead of using unmanned drones

    December 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. kelly

    Really Obama??? Are you kidding me!!! What about vicky Soto or the first responders?? I will never read your magazine again.

    December 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. valandlover

    Obama has done very little (if anything) of benefit for America. He will help his cronies in every way possible with the funds of the US.

    December 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. oncampusandonline

    As soon as Palin says "I think..." there is an immediate credibility issue.

    When CNN reports on what she says, it's credibility suffers as well.

    December 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Rlg

    When is Sarah Palin going to learn to keep her mouth shut? She never has anything good to say unless, of course, it's about herself. Grow up Sarah!

    December 20, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. denouemen

    The quintessential and most telling quote from this failed governor: "For the life of me, I don't know."

    December 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Disgusted

    Sarah must be feeling left out (again) so she comes up with some stupid comments to get herself in the news. She is a joke. Why are her remarks being reported?

    December 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. jerome

    2nd time man of the year is nothing. Wait until he gets another Nobel Peace prize, AND a Nobel Economic prize for good measure.

    December 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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