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. walkingfan

    I guess if you only qualify for the "Idiot of the Year" you wouldn't like the "Person of the Year".

    December 20, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. walkingfan

    I suppose if you only qualify for "Idiot (Moron) of the Year" (and for manyyears) you would object to any "Person of the Year".

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

    Do we really care what Palin thinks??? She thought she could see Russia from her home town. Send her back to Alaska and put her in "deep freeze."

    December 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Ian N.

    She would do and say anything to be in the spotlight.

    December 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. maine liberal

    Sarah who ... relevent how

    December 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. NYCman

    oh nooo sarah brainiac palin resurfaces, must be bored, or have something stupid to say, cant we figure out a way ti zip her comments!!!

    December 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. JJ

    Raise your hand if you give a flying intercourse what the Lipsticked Chihuahua has to say about this.


    Thought so. Back into your hole, bimbo.

    December 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Ratified1791

    We just might have to start "regulating their the 1st Amendment" ability to propagandize

    Person of the Year? Obumbles didn't know Landmark Legislation since he was born!

    “...John McCain's new veep nominee seems like a very engaging person, a nice person. But I've got to say, she's opposed like John McCain is to equal pay for equal work. That doesn't make much sense to me..." – Barrack Hussein Obama

    Women have had a legal guarantee of equal pay for equal work since the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and have the right under that Act to sue employers. This first year law student failure is proof that Obama is no legal scholar! Affirmative Action is more like it.

    " can't handle the truth...." – Colonel Nathan R. Jessup

    December 20, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Kelby in Houston, TX

    I would be more impressed if CNN would cover what Paul Ryan has to say....HE ACTUALLY HAS INFLUENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICS AS HE IS A WORKING ELECTED OFFICIAL!!!!

    December 20, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Jim

    Unfortunately, Palin is exactly right. Obama has accomplished essentially nothing positive in public office and over the course of the last several years. He received the Nobel Peace Price after having accomplished nothing in that realm. He received this award after having accomplished essentially nothing and after having displayed a remarkable lack of leadership abilities and lack of general know-how. It seems we have lost sight of what the words "remarkable" and "exceptional" actually mean.

    December 20, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. irunner

    Nothing I can add here that hasn't already been said about... what was her name again?

    December 20, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. MIlka

    I want to know why you are bothering to run this story. Is it a slow news day? How many people really want to know what Palin has to say about anything? She is among one of the dimmest Americans we have, and that is saying quite a lot based many of the ignorant comments we get to read from people who hide behind these posts and call themselves Anonymous, that is truly saying quite a lot. Isn't she out hunting caribou right about now?

    December 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Murray

    "The first thing that popped into my mind." Well at least we know there is something in there now. Thanks for the update Sarah.

    December 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. sylvia

    Palin Go AWAY!!!...OMG!!! You are an embarrassment! ...Not only to yourself but to all the intelligent, competent women of politics!...Get off of our President's case! He has more intelligence and integrity in his little toe than you have in your entire empty head! Keep your unwanted comments about our President to your self!

    December 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. norman

    Ms. Palin please stop being a hater!!! Can't you find something else to do with your time??? So you did not become vice-president, get a life!!!!

    December 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. David

    Who is "Sarah Palin"?

    December 20, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Mike in Ohio

    Oh, Sarah Palin must think she is still relevant? How sad for her.

    December 20, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Alaskan's who can't stand any of the palins

    Alaskan's have known all along that she's a nut case who CAN'T READ.
    She is our QUITTER on twitter.

    December 20, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Ratified1791

    "...Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger..." - Friedrich Nietzsche

    Palin Gets Stronger ...every year
    Liberal hate, ... the same every year
    Euro wannabes ...poorer every year
    Americans who built that ...richer every year

    "...Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason, and not just to mingle with the right people..."
    - Sarah Palin (AK)

    December 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. geez

    She's just jealous. She is the second dumbest woman besides Michele Bachmann, ICK!

    December 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Polijukie

    Sarah Palin can finally name a magazine that she has read.

    December 20, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. David

    who care what she think!

    December 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. JohnK

    I nominate her as the Dimwit of the Decade.

    December 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. LR

    Has there ever been a headline about Palin that doesn't include a word like 'bash' and 'slam'? She did that all during her so-called campaign, and since then it seems that she crawls out of the woodwork just to bash and slam someone again. How relevant, intelligent and deep she is. Wow.

    December 20, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. sununucoward

    she's so 15 seconds ago.

    December 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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