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. Suge Knight

    My first thought was "6 adults of Sandy Hook gave their lives to protect children from a mass murderer, and Obama beats them out?"

    December 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Alaskan

    Trust me, we don't want her either.

    December 20, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. James

    Palin = irrelevant = footnote in history
    Obama = current = one of the best presidents in history

    December 20, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Midwesterner

    Proving once again that crazy is alive and well in America

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

    Sarah should understand by now that she represents a minority of a minority. She's entitled to her opinion, as we all are, but her opinion is so far outside the mainstream of American thought that it hardly deserves the attention it gets.

    December 20, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. C Bauer

    As a conservative, I wish this cackling hen would STFU and GO AWAY. Listen, Sarah, Obama earned that honor by Time. He, even with his dismal record on unemployment, the debt, the deficit, and just being an all around lame duck STILL WHIPPED ROMNEY. WE LOST. GET OVER IT.

    December 20, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. sally

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to make statements about anyone, much less President Obama. Why are we still subjected
    to her idiocy and irrelevance anyhow? Please stop covering her and her stupidity.

    President Obama has passed the health care bill, has saved the auto industry, has given this country its dignity back
    in foreign countries after we were a laughing stock because of "W", has ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war
    in Afghanistan, has had Osama bin Laden killed, and has been re-elected. Those are just a few of the accomplishments that make him Man of the Year, Sarah. Perhaps if you followed current events, you'd know some of
    these things.

    December 20, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. ohio

    I think the GOP is in serious trouble. Are there no moderates left in their party? Not good for them at all!
    I think they are slowly becoming–what was that word-irrelevant. . .demographic getting smaller,
    more people voting–yep–people like palin persist in saying foolish things like this. . . . ."for the life of me"
    I'd say they are in serious trouble.

    December 20, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. bear

    Sarah palin the last time she took an IQ test she owed them points.

    December 20, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. TJ

    Something popped in her head alright, her brain?!

    December 20, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. The Film Professor

    Old Moose-Breath Caribou Barbie is just mad that Time did not pick her.

    December 20, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Karin

    What a pathetic reason for giving someone an award. Especially when there are deserving people in this world like Vicky Soto who gave her life to protect someone else's children.

    December 20, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Jersey George

    Sarah Palin, the standard bearer of traditional christian values. Oh wait. Her daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock and her son impregnates a girl out of wedlock. I take it back. Oops.

    December 20, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    why doesnt she just go away for god sake!!!

    December 20, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Seriously Sarah? Jealous much. I doubt if you will EVER make the cover as women of the year at any magazine. And Suge Knight: Bug Off!

    December 20, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Lenny Pincus

    "...she said on Fox News."

    A dolt addresses dolts.

    December 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. John Deatherage

    To be named Time Magazines "Man of the Year" requires a level of achievement on par with receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 20, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Vence

    On her view, she wanted to see Dick Cheney with a shotgun on that cover!

    December 20, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. J Ramsey

    Sarah Palin is an "after thought". She resigned from being governor of Alaska. She and John McCain lost the 2008 election, She would not run in 2012. Believe me...she has nothing to offer. She had nothing to offer then, and she doesn't have anything to offer now.

    December 20, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Facts don't Lie

    President Bush also won this award twice and I beat the right wingers crying about it today were not doing so back in 2004. But then again maybe the left wingers were crying about it back then.

    December 20, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. mjw

    I don't even think this is worth commenting. She is correct this time...she is irrelevant. Hate, anger, bitterness and jealousy is driving these right wing nuts and they really reduce themselves to irrelevancy except for the great faux news.

    the hypocrisy of these people are sickening. Not one word out of their mouths about the killing of children in CT, but she chose to address something she thinks is irrelevant. So far not a word from John McCain and Lyndsey Graham about Newtown killings ...mind you it is 20 kids and 6 adults, but they were all over Susan Rice for stating something that they bloody well know was given to her by the Intelligence Service. They cannot stand up to the NRA nor Grover Norquist but she can stand up and fight a simple black female. These people!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Cam Spurgeon

    She is not a pitbull. I would put her in the bovine club but most are smarter than her. UGH!

    December 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. y2daddy

    OK, before you play the Sandy Hook card, realize that this issue of Time likely went to press long before the shooting. Obama didn't "beat them out", they weren't in the running. They were a victim of timing. As well as a mad gunman.

    December 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Atheistically Yours

    WHY, oh WHY are the irrelevent verbalized brain farts of this irrelevent person still being publicized?

    December 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Tony Torres

    Go cares what this IDIOT thinks!

    December 20, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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