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. Lando

    Palin....just go fishing,caribou hunting and then hybernate like a grizzly....thats what you are anyway...

    December 20, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. wgf

    Why can't she just learn to be quiet ? This is still a time of grief for the nation (or at least Connecticut) and this pettiness is out of place. People are still burying their children and she's going out of her way to create controvery over something as meaningless as this ?

    December 20, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Michael

    Speaking of degrees of relevancy.......

    December 20, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. jerseylou

    BOO Glen Rice ,that should keep the Pie Hole shut for about 3 Months.

    December 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Chuck

    Palin is like Trump will say or comment about anything to keep her name in the publics eye.

    December 20, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Pat in il

    She needs to listen to herself to realize how ridiculous, clueless, hateful and unintelligent how she sounds every time she opens her mouth.

    December 20, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. rs

    Thanks, CNN. The news of the past week or two has been tough, and the blogs for the most part have been filled with deep, thoughtful and heartfelt comments.

    Tossing Ms. Palin into the mix today certainly breaks with the wieghty issues- and judging by the numbers- a whole lot of readers agree!

    December 20, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Stephen

    Sarah...of course you don't know. Duh!

    December 20, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. JoePub

    Interesting since Hitler was also man of the year at one time.

    December 20, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. italia

    Sarah, food for thought: "...The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause..." ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish; and "...It is never wise to seek or wish for another's misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang..." Charley Reese, further, "...Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point – that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative – self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it's a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them..." ~Jennifer James

    December 20, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. ma

    100 Most Influential person.... are you kidding...? Is Time magazine on drugs... what influence, she is just creating drama....

    Would someone please tell her to get a life....

    December 20, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Mark

    "Time magazine, I think there's some irrelevancy there to tell you the truth"

    Talk about irrelevancy!. Why does anybody care about anything she sez. Might as well interview my 91 year old dementia stricken mother. She'd be as rational.

    December 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. pvt4jc

    nothing new here...just a bunch of lib tards ignoring the truth again...smh

    December 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. harryo

    dont worry her mouth opened but as usual nothing came out her coward conservative yap wish she would leave this country asap and atke all her coward conservative friends with her

    December 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Michael

    It's Sarah Palin who lacks a "certain degree of relevancy."

    She's extended her 15 minutes of fame far beyond the norm, and if not for Fox, would have been forgotten long ago.

    December 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. mark

    she should be more worried about her irrelavancy. oh I forgot she is now in it for the cash. she just a jelous loser. i spell like her. oh I could run for gov.

    December 20, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Anonymous


    You've spent a great deal of your time today drooling over Sarah. She's got you wrapped around her cute little pinky, eh? Care to bet how many of these comments are coming from Repbublicans?

    December 20, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. mark

    to the The Real Tom Paine you forgot about the 8 year period between with 2 wars and tax cuts that obama has to live with. but you from texas can't expect objective thnking.

    December 20, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Dave

    Why in God's name would anyone care what Sarah Palin thinks?

    December 20, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. JIm in Plymouth

    Hopefully she's crawled back under her rock for another few months.

    December 20, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Clint

    She is smarter than you think; she knows if she keeps saying stupid stuff, she'll keep getting paid. Granted her remarks are as useless as she is, but she's still getting paid.

    The fact this lady is famous and gets air time is reason enough for the world to end tomorrow.
    We as a society don’t deserve to survive.

    December 20, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. cyndyp

    Will someone please slap the sheet out of this woman!

    December 20, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Anita

    Well, I guess she was expecting to be selected 🙂

    December 20, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    She sure has nice lungs:) Guess that is why she is so full of hot air!

    December 20, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Gerald

    For God sakes...when is Sarah simply going to hang up her hat and call it quits? She left her post as Governor in Alaska and now has the time to 'bash' Time Magazine for choosing Barack Obama blaming HIM for putting US over the fiscal cliff. Let's think about this for a moment...Bush tax cuts ending from '01 and '03...a war we didn't need...Obama walking into office when unemployment was in the toilet. Sounds like it was all GOP related to have a Democrat clean up the mess. Sure, he didn't do it in 4 years so we should give him another four as we did. Afterall, Bush had 8 years to mess everything up.

    December 20, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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