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. Ibrahim

    Makes me sick to say this, but I agree with Sarah Palin 100% on this.

    Time's reasoning seems utterly meaningless. "The Obama Effect"? The bulk of Obama's supporters voted halfheartedly, disappointed with his lack of achievement. Most concede he didn't so much win this election as Romney lost it. Malala deserved the recognition, and that recognition would have had a very tangible positive contribution to the course of womens rights in that area of the World. What does handing the title to the sitting US president do other than reaffirm the media's servile pandering to the Democratic Party?

    Here's an idea. Save money on deliberating the awards in future years. Give it to Obama in '13, '14 and '15, and then to whoever wins the '16 election (especially if it's Hilary).

    December 20, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. ghostriter

    No wonder she's a tea party favorite. She can't even put together a coherent sentence, let alone a coherent thought.

    A match made on Conservative Island.

    December 20, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. cm

    That oughta tell ya something- Go take an english class.

    December 20, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. JDinHouston

    Palin is just jealous she didn't win "Quitter of the Year." But not to worry, she is building up a great string to qualify for "Failure of the Decade."

    December 20, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. rs

    It is easy for those who achieve nothing of meaning or value to be critical. Ms. Palin in her role as mouthpiece for the crazed Right exemplifies why the Republican Party is nothing more than a walking carcass.

    December 20, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Dale Zalewski

    Palin calling Time irrelevant? Ha! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Lacking both the intellectual capacity and the tempermant for public service, she would do well to give serious consideration to a career in pizza delivery.

    December 20, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Erok

    Just plain EMBARRASSING! Like a spoiled child, she needs to be "kicked out of the game".

    December 20, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. JDinHouston

    Just remember the Palin family motto = Quit Early, Fail Often

    December 20, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. chilly g

    this lady has nothing to offer the country but hate and more hate, her comments is not important because she is not important.

    December 20, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |

    Sarah Palin lacks ANY relevancy. This twit is worthless.

    December 20, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Jon in Pittsburgh

    And we care about what the twits' opinion is WHY???? Don't go away mad.....JUST GO AWAY

    December 20, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. EDDIE

    I wonder if she reads Time magazine? Oh that's read she "reads" all of them. On a side note I use a cut out of Sarah Palin's on my scarecrow in my garden in my backyard and it works.That and the manure mix I put in there.

    December 20, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. SayWhat

    How long can a person milk publicity from a failed politcal career? I guess as long as the haters need a cheerleader.

    December 20, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Enough is Enough

    Obama deserves this every bit as much as he did the Nobel peace prize for doing nothing. Thank you Time magazine for confirming my decision long ago to stop reading your magazine.

    December 20, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Confused

    Who? I remember someone with a similar name being relevant once. For a short period. For unknown reasons.

    December 20, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. CarolinaGirl

    She actually said something right! I don't think she should have been on the list as one of the most influential persons in 2008 & 2010 either.

    December 20, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Wally Wolf

    My God, is she still standing? She is so yesterday; it's pathetic.

    December 20, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    No wonder tthis bimbo is I.R.R.E.L.E.V.A.N.T!

    Glad your 15secs is over and you can now crawl back under the rock wherever you came from!!!!

    December 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. gladiatorgrl

    awwwww the Snookie of the T party still thinks she's relevant – how cute.

    December 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Pirate

    Is anyone in American politics more irrelevant at this point? The fact that she was ever relevant is a sick joke.

    December 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. clarke

    I am really not to interested in what she has to say. She is a very disrespectful women and sure doesn't set a good example for the young children.

    December 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. David Smith

    But did she read it?

    December 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Kim

    Really? we care? about irrelevant...

    December 20, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Lee

    She should know what irrelevant means thats why she has to continue to bash President Obama hasnt she seen the american ppl are over all the divisiveness get a clue lady. She doesnt have anything constructive to add to the conversation so please go away get a life and spew your hate to the only ppl that care over on Fox noise.

    December 20, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Act III: 2013 Tea Bag suicide march to the fiscal cliff

    The republican mouth piece is working overtime.
    Ailes and Murdoch are pleased with their lipstick wearing grizzly bear.
    Republicans, Palin, nut jobs, tea party, religious wing nuts, how relevant.

    December 20, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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