Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'
December 20th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
9 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. Ratified1791

    @The Real Tom Paine – Based on the statements from conservatives on this site, they appear to have perfected the technique you claim liberals employ.

    What conservatives?
    There are 'no' genuine conservatives posting here today other than me and one or two others. LOL

    December 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. yep

    Who is this Sarah Palin? Is she someone of importance?

    December 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Stephen in VA

    Sarah who? Why is this person of interest?

    December 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. GSW Minnesota

    Palin? Really? Why does CNN even bother putting out any press on this idiot? Her opinions on anything simply don't matter. Quit giving her any press coverage on any topic...Please!!!

    December 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Name laz Pittman

    Oh my is she still talking? Why?!

    December 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Osilama Abu from Ontario,canada

    At what stage will the press stop carrying opinions coming from Sarah Palin?A fifth grader is more intelligent than her, on all accounts.
    Please,Fox/Fake News -spear us the headache and shut this woman up for once,she irritates right thinking people.

    December 20, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Jeff Trout

    who cares what that has-been thinks about anything ! ? ! ?

    December 20, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. JT

    Sarah, please go watch RUSSIA out of your kitchen window. Your are a bitter loser and has the ability to turn the stomach of millions at the mention of your name.

    December 20, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. TPF

    He deserve that as much as he deserved the Peace Prize, for doing absolutely nothing! The standard for the Peace prize has reached so low that's how he got it.

    December 20, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. JB

    News flash to Sarah Palin, your 15 minutes of fame are over. Talk about lacking a certain degree of relevancy!

    December 20, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Makin

    Sarah Palin is the one who is irrelevant, not Time Magazine or POY 2012

    December 20, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Rene

    Wow she thinks? Of course she's poking fun at herself the rest of us do too.

    December 20, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. tony

    Please give us a break from reporting non-entities' absurd utterances.

    December 20, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. JimAR

    This fraud who ruined McCain's chances in 2008 and then quit after two years as Governor because she was being investigated is an embarrassment to all real conservatives.

    December 20, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Marcus

    Sarah you sound a little jelly

    December 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. alpeaston

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah... your 15 minutes was up 2 hours ago. Take your ill-gotten money and leave us alone. Haven't we suffered enough of your families crap?Thanks!

    December 20, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. jim m from lehighton,pa.

    Sarah who?

    December 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. CSoderstrom

    CNN- why oh why do you still consider anything she or Anne Coulter spews as being newsworthy? Please stop giving Palin and other "wannabe" pundits a voice in the media.

    December 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. ZenSoapbox

    CNN: Please stop printing things this woman says. Donald Trump, too. They are only relevant because you make them so. Stop doing that.

    December 20, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Mark

    Sarah Palin is not relevant!

    December 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. TexaSAM

    Seriously? Sarah Palin is whining b/c President Obama was chosen Time's POY? Lady, you, your son & your daughter all got pregnant before marriage. I think you need to pay more attention to your family issues than publically whining about our President who beat you & McCain 4 years ago. Get over it & focus on your own family, you bitter old woman.

    December 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. TM

    If the QUITTER from Wasilla bothered to actually READ any of those news sources she claimed to follow, or had ANY KNOWLEDGE of history, she would know that TIME's "Person of the Year" is simply the person or group that made or influenced the most news stories in the last year. The choice has NEVER been tied to any judgement of you "good" or "bad" that person was, or if that person should be held up as any kind of model. In the history of that magazine there have been choices from every part of the spectrum. Heroes and villains like. Palin needs to get over herself, and her jealousy and anger at no longer being relevant to our nation's discourse.

    December 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Irrelevant?

    Well, she was right to criticize her place on the 100 Most Influential People list–she doesn't deserve to be listed there. And because of that, her envy-colored opinion of Obama (or anyone else who made the list) shouldn't matter to anyone.

    Honestly, she is doing nothing for the country right now except shoving her face into newspapers for sake of controversy and attention; as for my opinion, I think Sarah Palin is nothing more than a glorified Kim Kardashian right now–famous for the sake of fame, with no fame-worthy talent/opinion whatsoever.

    December 20, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Wolfman

    She is just plain high school eyed monster...

    December 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Oh my is she still talking? Why?!"

    The MSM keeps pulling the string.

    December 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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