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. TheVoice2

    Evil and hatred is all she represents. She's all about the $$$$$.

    December 20, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. beardance42

    I'm sure someone, somewhere, cares what Sarah Palin thinks about anything. Right? Maybe?

    December 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Ratified1791

    "...15 minutes is up...." ......Elected Governor six years ago, VP pick four years ago!
    "...she is irrelevant...." ......Death Panels, Targeted Democrats, raises $5 million a every year for SarahPac
    "...make her go away..." ......Why? you don't fear what is not a threat. We could care a less about Biden
    "...she is a stupid hick..." .....Projecting? She is famous, rich, good looking, and down to earth
    "...half term governor...." ....Three Quarters is correct. 3 out of 4 fiscal years is 75%
    "...she is a quitter.........." .....Alaska changed ethics laws in response to Palin's resignation..."
    "...insert hate here......." ......Governor, Mayor, City Council, 18yr Fisherman, Marathoner, Mom of 5

    December 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Alan Johnson

    The Time "Person of the Year" designation has never been an endorsement of the selected person's actions. Hitler was "Man of the Year" in Time's past. It just means, for better or for worse, that the selected person has done most to influence events of the past year, for good or for bad. But most people do seem to take it as some kind of honorary award.

    December 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Jason

    Sarah is one of our most unbalanced celebrities.... We should pay no attention to whatever to her talking points...

    December 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. mark

    She is the reason McCain lost. what has she ever done but prmote herself. The loser of the decade slams time's choice. Anybody that took 6 colleges to get a journalism degree needs to zip it. Egotist.

    December 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Ted

    She may be an ignoramus but she definitely has a nice chest

    December 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Shivaun

    Sarah Palin who?

    December 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. CJ

    I would have died laughing had Palin been a presidential candidate. Does anyone want this nutjob really backing their campaign?

    December 20, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Jim

    If you ignore her she WILL go away. Please stop with this person already.

    December 20, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. mark

    see still never bothered to find out the gov runs, congress spends the money. she is as irrelavant has the magazine. the 1/2 governor. she can only complete pregnancies. She is a fox news hate monger. fox is the only mode that listens to her.

    December 20, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    Palin has all the charm and attraction of fingernails scratching across a chalkboard. Can we move on now?

    December 20, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Dr Matrix

    Ms Palis should thank President Obama. She has created an entire industry around complaining about him. If not for Senator McCain and the president she would have had to work and remain governor up in the tundra.

    December 20, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Robert

    Please, just let this gasbag fade into obscurity. Please. Don't. Cover. Anything. She. Says. Please.

    December 20, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Angela

    na na na na. Palin is jealous

    December 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. lancedal

    To Palin, all magazines are irrelevant.

    She doesn't read.

    December 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Robin

    Irrelevancy from the most irrelevant person in the states. Great! No acknowlegement that the GOP is more willing to drive the country over the cliff than the Dems. Or that the GOP brought the economy to the state its in in the first place.

    December 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. me

    Poor Wolfpackbob... You mad bro? Still can't handle that the GOP is soon to be no more. Your side started wars, you lied about the wars. You got us into unreal debt, you want to blame it on Obama, but we all know it was Bush. Then you gave us bafoons as an option. Oh and I was a republican....key word....was.

    December 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. John

    I am really tired of this woman being around and making those silly comments – seems nothing coming out of her mouth means anything. FOXNEWS people, please find someone else!

    December 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. dakota

    Is she for real.....can she now see Indonesia from her house?

    December 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. No Clout

    I am not sure what to do. Yesterday I read an article where Sarah Palin said not to listen to politicians and media correspondents. Now today she is asking me to listen to her. I just don't trust her.

    December 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Trueblue American

    This is hilarious...hundreds of posts from liberal knuckleheads talking about how "irrelevant" Palin is today. Liberals are a funny bunch...a collection of mama's boys and girls that are like spoiled children looking for a handout and when they don't get what they want, they cry foul. What a sad sad state of our country we are in...bunch of liberal left wing weenies dragging us down to European levels. Our founding fathers are certainly rolling over in their graves right now to see what we've become.

    December 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. ben

    Doesn't she have salmon to can or something productive to do. Her antics are getting way to old.

    December 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Susan

    Why does disrespect of the president get air time and who cares what your wee wee opinion is. You're a nobody go the -– away.

    December 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Johnson

    Stop it already. U could never influence me or anybody else. That was proven in 2008. Stop being a hater.

    December 20, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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