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. marin89

    Well, there were better choices, like The Twinkie!!

    December 20, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. John McCain

    Sarah Palin who?

    December 20, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. JLG

    That's funny...I was just watching the Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin last night....why are we still seeing this moron in the news. She was in no way influential only gave us great comedic material.

    December 20, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Paul

    Palin: On a par with the Kardashians in total national imortatnce. Actually, the Kardashian's are probably more meaningful to more Americans than Plain, I mean Palin.

    December 20, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. timekeeper

    She is just upset because she missed out on being MAD magazine nut job of the year

    December 20, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine


    "Now that Republicans have a serious proposal that would pass the House and would seem to meet the requirements Democrats previously insisted on, Reid won't permit a vote."
    So, who is the real party of "no?" Republicans keep putting up bills and Reid keeps "tabling" them, not even allowing a vote. The obstructionist party has been the democrats all along. Yeah, Yeah, the left does not like what is in the bills, but that does not matter in whether or not to allow a vote.
    There has to be somthing worthwhile in the bill that ends up putting us onto a path of fiscal sanity. Making yet another pathetic attempt to label millionaires as a persecuted class, an approach that has been resoundingly rejected by voters in this country, is not a serious attempt at solving the problem, but it is another example of the GOP's alternate universe, where they think they actually hold the cards. Redistricting is the only thing that saved the GOP in the House, but not for long.

    December 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Fred

    Good Grief, people. She made fun of herself. Lighten up a bit. Of course, she will criticize Obama's policies, as he will the Republicans. That is political debate and has been the story of us since the revolution. The same politicians who criticize one another today are having lunch together tomorrow. It is part of the political game. Take it all with a grain of salt. I enjoyed her humor on this one.

    December 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Turd Ferguson

    If I wanted to hear an intelligent opinion from a Palin, it would be from Trig.

    December 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Donald in CA

    Why does the news media still cover such a hateful person. She adds nothing helpful to the problems in america. What next, start covering charles mansons rants from the state prison in California.

    December 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. hg3rd

    Jealousy, thy name is Palin

    December 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. MesaMom

    Wishing Sarah had something relevant to say .... but alas, no!

    December 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Yeoomala

    Yeah, I'm sure this is one of the "THINGS" on Palin's reading list. I doubt she subscribes to TIME, just probably like all the other political whackos out there that jumps on the bandwagon of the day.

    December 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. athena917

    I don't understand why the media continues to give this ridiculous woman any publicity. In doing so, they give her the attention she craves and add relevance to her absurd statements. It makes me cringe to think that by a series of unfortunate events, she could have been the occupant of the highest office in this country.

    December 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Gina

    Palin and the trolls bashing Obama are sore bitter losers. End of story.

    December 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    Palin is right – for once. Anybody who ever took her seriously cannot be taken seriously.

    December 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Tuckerfan

    Can we please be done with her now?

    December 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Lucy

    Palin is absolutey correct. All Obama has succeeded in doing is dividing this country, made an art of lying and blaming, and hoodwinked the American people to lead us to ruin. Time Magazine screwed this one up.

    December 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. retphxfire

    Please, ALL news outlets, let it go. She is not important in any way, except to her family. It's past time giving this person several shots at her 15 minutes. Done. Over. Go.

    December 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. mrmagoo

    I have used condoms that were as thin as Sarah Palin's resume. Felt like I was wearing nothing at all!

    December 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. ChristopherM

    Sarah Palin questioning anyone's relevancy is like Mel Gibson questioning someone's anger management skills.

    December 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. larry

    i don;t blame her for tring to make the head lines its this crazy news media that keeps putting her and her dumb ideas she is just a loser and the media won't let her die.

    December 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. AgrippaMT

    One thing is certain. Caribou Barbie will never receive a Person of the Year Award from Time magazine, although she may make the cover of Mad magazine some day.

    December 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Jason

    And this is news because....? Why is Palin relevant to anyone or anything? Oh yea, that's right, she isn't. Stop running news stories about this whack job!

    December 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    And who did you think it would be, Sarah? You?

    December 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    The Real Tom Paine- Obama has NO intention of ever observing a path to sanity. Spend, Spend, Spend and then find someone else to demonize into contributing more money for him to spend is the only goal he has!

    December 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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