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. Joe

    Aren't her 15 minutes up yet?

    December 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Gordon

    She should talk ... Sarah the Quitter couldn't even be elected dog catcher in Alaska now, much less say something intelligent. What a dip!!

    December 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. honestmidwest

    She may still think she is a foreign affairs expert-been watching Russia from her house you know.

    December 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Missay

    Oh, people still care what Sarah Palin thinks?

    December 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Paul

    Good ole Sarah P. The only thing she has done for the country is become the butt of a joke!!

    December 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. JPC

    I am just surprised that she was able to use some big words like...."influential" and "credence" and...."oughta." Impressive.

    December 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. D Vincent

    can't someone pull this wenches tongue out of her mouth?????

    December 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Ed1

    I guess I don't read the Bible enough.

    It all makes sense now. Gay marriage & marijuana being legalized on the
    same day.

    Leviticus 20:13- "If a man lays with another man he should be stoned."
    We were just interpreting it wrong.

    December 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. bczu

    The woman wasnt even a full term Governor. She destroyed McCain's Presidential run. Why is she relevant? Oh yeah, tea baggers...

    December 20, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Rwryley

    You would be hard-pressed to find a political figure more irrelevant than Sarah Palin. Worse yet, in the 4+ years since she landed on the national scene she hasn't learned a single thing. What Palin, and many others, fail to appreciate is that Time's "Person of the Year" is not an award. It doesn't mean someone did something great. In fact since people like Saddam Hussein were recognized, it is obvious it's not an honor for something well done.

    As Time has repeatedly explained over the years, the designation is given to the individual that most impacted (either for the good or bad) world events in a given year. That's all it means. In 2008 it would be difficult to argue that Palin herself didn't have a major impact on the election. On the "good" side she generated energy in an otherwise dead McCain campaign. On the down side, she cost him many votes when the public realized how so incredibly unqualified she was. If Sarah had read the actual Time comments about Obama, instead of firing off her stupid comments, she'd know the rationale behind the designation. At this point Palin is just one more political hack in a world full of them.

    December 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. RJB

    To quote a most famous person who I greatly look up to "What a maroon!" Well, that's all folks

    December 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Facts don't Lie

    @ Lucy....
    you need to go back to fooling Charlie Brown by pulling the football away from him. You have NO CLUE what you are talking about. First of all people can only be divided if they want to be. Second as soon as Obama took office it was YOUR folks and people like your beloved Palin that claimed all they wanted to do was make him a one term president. And like so many other GOP failed plans, that one failed as well.

    December 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Ian

    Says the Honey Boo Boo of politics.

    December 20, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. BIAM in NC

    I love what Walkingfan said. I am sorry that John McCain ever unleashed such an idiot into the public eye!

    December 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Dancing with the Stars is looking for new case members. Maybe you can stay relevant there!

    December 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Dan

    Does she or one of her brood have a trashy reality show coming out? Why else would she stick her head out from under her rock. On the bright side, if she sees her shadow we get four more years of John Stewart jokes about her clan.

    December 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Who is this woman?

    December 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. A little sanity in an insane world

    Typical left vs. right discussion.

    Right: "What has he done to bring this country together?"

    Left: Personal attacks..." bimbo, Idiot of the Year, Lipstick Chihuahua, etc., etc."

    December 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Sly

    Sarah Sarah, we'll listen to you more if you take all your clothes off and dance around, like you did for the AP reporters in your hotel room interview.

    But while you are clothed, there really isn't any reason for you to open your mouth.

    Hey, how are all your illegitimate children? All divorced? Oh ... imagine our surprise – after all – you did run on 'Family Values'.

    Ho ho ho... What a bimbo.

    December 20, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I don't understand why anyone listens to anything this woman has to say.

    December 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. mark

    Between Palin and Bachman, could not tell which one has more intelligence. Between the both they may have an IQ of 20 and that's combined. We would definitely not recognize America if one of these idiots were elected. Thank goodness GOD is in control!!!

    December 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. zephyrjude

    Who determined that this is "trending." Stop giving her ANY relavency. Pulease already.

    December 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Caughy

    Why will she not go away? She is the ultimate political troll.

    December 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Jo Ann

    What a small, small person Palin is.

    December 20, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Ana

    WHY oh why is this moron still talking??

    December 20, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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