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. jeff

    I agree with David. The press should not even cover her. there are many more things to waste our time on.

    December 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Patrick Grant

    I like Sarah but it goes without saying that Time Magazine is irrelevant. The day they published the cover that said God was dead, they stopped having any opinion worth noting.

    December 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Elder Larry

    Talk about not relevant – Ms. Palin is perhaps one of the more non-relevant people in the world right now. She need to just stop making a fool out of herself. Why do CNN post whatever she say. She so Jealous of the President. Life must go on, go back to church and repent please.

    December 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. jazzgeoffda

    Sarah Palin is the epitome of what is wrong with American politics today ... what a loser. Long live Obama!!

    December 20, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    if you choose to ignore it sometimes it will go away..if you choose not to ignore it more than often it will draw 400 or more comments.

    December 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    How would Palin know what President Obama has accomplished? She doesn't read. And why does anyone care what Palin thinks about anything anymore? She's just another in the list of Republican failures right above Romney.

    December 20, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Ken

    What has he done? Well, he won re-election, overwhelmingly. Enough said.

    December 20, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. David Hostetler

    Palin who is this Levi's almost mother-in-law, didn't McCain admit it was a mistake naming her his VP running mate. As to the person who isn't going to read Time, there aren't that many pictures you would have to know words!

    December 20, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Robert

    Exactly the reason why her and her opinions are irrelevant.

    December 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. deesy

    What have we here? A loser criticizing a winner?

    December 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. David C.

    Please, Sarah, don't go away mad. Just go away.

    December 20, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. peg

    What an embarrassment she is!!! Quit covering her – by doing so you keep glorifying her stupidity!

    December 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Joe Nanney

    I'm trying to care about what she says, but it's just not happening. Yawn. . . .

    December 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. mike

    my gosh...can't we ever shed ourselves of this fool!!!!

    December 20, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. HCX

    She needs to go moose hunting or something. Her opinions on that might actually be relevant to someone.

    December 20, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. JohnW

    I think the fact that she doesn't know what he's done to deserve this speaks more to her than it does to him.

    December 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Kelcy

    Might be on the top 100 influential..... but that is not influential in a good way. If the media just ignored her perhaps she would just go away.

    December 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. luckjoe

    Time's Person of the year is an egotistic, arrogant socialist who has separated America. Too bad for us.

    December 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Steve

    Who read the article to her?

    December 20, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. rajesh

    No wonder he is the POTUS and not she. Some sore losers will never learn from their mistakes.

    December 20, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Peter Gerdeman

    First, she will never be elected to national office, so no worries. She couldn't even complete her term as governor. Second, Sarah Palin is the republican example of veiled racism. Finally, my mother would've slap her lying face for half the things she has said.

    December 20, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Cinchy

    Hate on her all you want – but she's kind of right... what has Obama done? Obamacare is about the only thing tangible, and it can in no way be considered an achievement. He got Bin Laden, but Bush 1 won an entire war, and still didn't get re-elected. His bailouts were born in the previous administration and the jury's out on them as well.

    December 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Rhetor

    Her 15 minutes is long since over; would it be too much to hope that she figures this out?

    December 20, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Bossu

    " a loser criticizing a winner" .... I could not have said it better myself!

    December 20, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. sassysticks53

    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)


    Yes, this is exactly what Fox Noise does!

    December 20, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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