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. Brian

    She is just the poster child for Conservatives: ignorant, self absorbed, living in an alternate reality. What I find completely amusing is that she blames Obama for being the negative charge of the current climate in our country, yet it's folks like her who have nothing but negative comments all the time. Instead of just glossing over this Time award, she goes negative.

    December 20, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine


    "..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)

    Based on the statements from conservatives on this site, they appear to have perfected the technique you claim liberals employ.

    December 20, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |

    The economy is much too important to fall off the cliff but sarah however is another matter!

    December 20, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. nemsdm

    Palin does nothing but divide the nation. She insults the President and the left; whips the right into a frenzy; spreads lies; and has done nothing truly meaningful herself. She has absolutely no credibility. In fact, she is a terrible role model for young people. This country needs people who think more and speak less.

    December 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Paul

    Say what you mean. Don't hide behind the words.

    December 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Oregon Calling

    And we need to hear from her why? After 4 years and she is still bitter.


    December 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Steve Wilson, Canada

    I think Sarah's skills are in the area of public relations... she would make the hottest WAL MART greeter ever. She just might not be qualified for that position, however.

    Maybe if started in the lot, collecting shopping carts... she could work her way up. I'm sure she'll already have an orange vest that she could wear. That'll save her employer $3.00.

    December 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. waikikijohn

    Sarah, we could care less what u think

    December 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Kassey

    To be truthful, Sarah should be greatful for what we call "The Grace of God" because without that I don't see how she could be in the national stage, where she is right now. It is hard to any learned people to grasp her ideas and how she process her thinking. To every person that you hate, you need to know that there is another side of that person which carries good, which you don't see. The only thing that most people like Palin see about the President is the bad side of him and they can't even see one good thing about the President. I wonder if they pray for him. The Word says we ought to pray for our leaders, but I don't see that possiblity to Palin's camp who call themselves believers and at the same time hate the leader of their people to death. That is wrong for a believer to act that way. I believe that you may differ with the leader but their must be a somesort of respect to that office. If you disrespect to that level the office you wish to go, you'll never get there. That is how it works!

    December 20, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine


    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!
    Not really. We see her more as something you think we should be afraid of, when in reality we are laughing at your inability to see her for what she is. I take it your analysis of statistics still leads you to the conclusion that she is relevant, even though she had ZERO positive effect for the GOP this time out?

    December 20, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Mark in Seattle

    Safe to say that she'll never get "mother of the year" recognition.

    December 20, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Obama the theif

    Hahhaa Obama the person of the year? Maybe the worst person of the year is the right award to give him.

    December 20, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. adsfasdf

    Can someone please tell me what Obama has done to deserve this? Hahhaha all he has done is waste 6 trilllion dollars and we have a higher unemployment rate than when he took office.

    December 20, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. David Crosby

    How does Sarah Palin even get news time anymore..Irrelevant should be what we think of when she is interviewed..

    December 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Vladimir

    I don't care for Sarah Palin, but in this matter I agree with her ... unless the word "person" has changed it's meaning to "arsehole" ... Then it would fit Obama.
    And he did not win the election. The whole thing was rigged

    December 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. blindbear

    I thought Failin' Palin didn't read magazines. That makes as much sense as a George Bush library.

    December 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. EricLr

    "What the heck has he done?"

    Well, he beat you, for one thing.

    December 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Ratified1791

    As Governor, Sarah balanced 3 fiscal year budgets larger than Hershey's, Bank of Ireland, or Harley Davidson, and did it on time and under budget. She achieved AAA credit ratings and the

    ....Sarah Palin exposed crony corruption in her own party with big oil and people were jailed for it!....

    Governor Palin is the only person in the political arena that has the ethics and credibility to fight crony corruption in Washington, DC on both sides of the aisle. She enjoyed 93% bipartisan support for a reason...she was good & fair!

    December 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. chris

    Palin is a quitter.. gave up on being governor to write a book about herself..

    December 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. skysayshi

    And....what have you done? Shut your mouth. Your statement just makes you come off as jealous and bitter.

    December 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Kakki

    Sarah Palin?????? Ugh!!!!

    December 20, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. billsf

    What has Obama done?
    He stood up against the moronic, right wing, gun toting, republican nutcases like Palin, and the American people backed him.
    He made people like Palin irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. John Summers

    You know I think everyone gets just a little bit dumber every single time she speaks. She has no right or expertize to say anything. She didn't even finish her own elected term. She is a disgrace and she is just trying to get attention it looks like to me. They make a pill for that and maybe its time they put her on it... or require her to take it...

    December 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will be our next President in 2017 and she will be Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 8 years straight during her 2 terms.


    Will she still consider Time irrelevent?

    December 20, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Contratto

    Palin's still relevant? I thought her 15 minutes were up hours ago.

    December 20, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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