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. T-Money

    Palin seems to always be turned "on" as far as being a Republican talking head. She has ceased being human; she is a Republican propoganda machine. The last time I heard her speak like an actual human being was when South Park mocked her disabled child – that was like 4 years ago already. Sarah, re-program yourself and glue the setting to "human."

    December 20, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Steve

    Oh for God Sake. This proves how Sarah Palin could trick liberals on any day of the week she wanted to. She poked fun at herself and liberals STILL show up to say hateful things.

    It's Christmas time folks. Put the hate aside for a couple days. K?

    December 20, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. kurtinco

    I only clicked on this article to plead with CNN to stop posting anything Palin says. really, she means nothing anymore. ANd anyone who really cares can become her Twitter/Facebook friend. Stop the madness.

    December 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. common sense

    She's right about the fact that she is 100% irrelevant

    December 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Bonzo2012

    Go back to your snowmobiles and hockey mom routine.

    December 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. AC

    Why would anyone care what she says. She continues to prove her impaired thinking ability

    December 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. ja

    palin need to stick her head back in the iceberg

    December 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. pbcrabshaw

    Palin says Obama has driven us over a fiscal cliff. That is humorous. Palin, like most goobers is an uniformed zealot. Obama was actively negotiating with boehner to AVOID the fiscal cliff, with tax cut extensions and spending cuts. boehner is the one who walked away and dreamed up plan B, which has no spending cuts and does next to nothing to increase revenue. So who is it that is driving us over the cliff?

    December 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Michael Hobart

    Sarah Palin just can't stand being out of the spotlight. She's certainly made a name for herself for a half-term governor who couldn't take the duties of the only state in the Union that runs a chronic surplus (due to their oil royalties/TAXES!). Does that make all Alaskans "takers"???

    Did anybody expect her to do anything other than slam someone or some publication which offers even an iota of praise or credit to Obama?

    Sorry Sarah, you are still not ready for prime time. Go back to your political fund raising which you apparently mainly spend on yourself...

    December 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. vanessa

    I would love to hear Palin attempt to describe what she thinks the fiscal cliff actually is.

    December 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. RufusD.

    I didn't know she read TIME Magazine... afterall, she couldn't name one thing she reads.

    December 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Ivory Dorsey

    "Great people talk about ideas Average people talk about things Small people talk about other people.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    December 20, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Over the hill

    Palin has never been able to read TIME, sources say it does not have enough pictures to keep her interest in staring at the pages.

    December 20, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Barry

    Sarah Palin is just an 'over the hill' frustrated NOBODY! She 'bashes' Time for their choice! WHAT ABOUT HER OWN PARTY WHO BASHED HER! The reason she was 'bashed' was because she had NOTHING to offer that anybody cared about! As a 'politician/wanna-be somebody', she is the perfect example for for the dictionary meaning of IBMECIL!E! She reminds me of 'the wicked witch of the north-west!

    December 20, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. dizzylucy

    Whether you agree with his policies or not, President Obama has done plenty. I'm curious what Sarah Palin has done lately, that she feels we all need to know her opinion on this. Not much besides whining, I'd guess.

    December 20, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Really?

    I find it hilarious that the same "patriotic" American people can be so disrespectful. To call your President irrelevant? Really? LOL! Freedom of speech can be a blessing, and a curse at the same damn time. Our President is here for another 4 years. Get over it.

    December 20, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Paul

    Steve, she's not just poking fun at herself (and barely so at that), she's mocking the elected president. She deserves any ridicule she gets for putting herself out there against the overwhelming majority who chose Obama over her in 2008.

    December 20, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Shay

    I wonder why any of the news agencies quote Sarah Palin?!! The fact that Republicans believe she is relevant tells you a lot about them. That woman could have been a heart beat away from the Presidency! America would have been the laughing stock of the WORLD!!! Palin looks like a witch!!! She is a complete airhead. Whoever college that gave Palin a degree in Journalism should have their certification pulled!!!!!!! Please CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC news agencies, do us a favor and put a gag on Palin. I won't say much about FOX News because they are not about facts, nor news, just fiction!!!!!

    December 20, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Jaime

    Someone ought to remind this Northern "genius" that in the last election America rejected the Republican pathway to the future and re-elected President Obama. She is yesterday's news, good for lining the bird cage. She is an irrelevant has been. VIVA Obama!!!!

    December 20, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. jag

    Jealousy. These neocons have been trying to shake up Obama from the start and he just keeps whipping them into oblivion.

    I sincerely apologize if what I'm about to state offends anyone, but the gunlaws should have been addressed back when Representative Gabby Giffords was shot point blank, as was Sarah's (un)inspired facebook page usage of crosshairs to gain some political points. While at the same time possibly encouraging a severly unbalanced person. She soon lost any credibility and influence as people finally saw her as being very toxice and dangerous.

    As the resent election has shown, "We, the people" are paying attention and the negativity is not coming from President Obama.

    December 20, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    @guestagain, just the mutant from AK and the witch from AZ? Let me remind you of I am not a witch from Delaware crazy angle and the flake from MN. I am leaving coulter and the some of faux news out for now.
    None are intelligent, principled or strong women. Sometimes I really wonder what planet put them in a spaceship to get rid of them and they ended up on Earth.
    Your party has the most pathetic women, see ayotte standing behind the dumb dumb mcnasty who gave us the AK bimbo and ms lindsay, without saying a word. Just like the beaten down women of your old fashioned we hate everyone not like us party.

    December 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. fg

    I think Sarah should get the recognition she deserves, "idiot of the century".

    December 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. IRAYD84U

    Thanks because of you people got a real look at the keep up the good work the gop is dying of slow death daily

    December 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Mia

    Palin is my vote for the Most Irrelevant Person of the Year.

    December 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Sharkartist

    Oh lord, when is she gonna go away? Talk about irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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