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. Stephen

    This just in: Sarah Palin says something, and nobody pays her the slightest attention.

    December 20, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. John

    Why is Sarah Palin still relevant 🙂

    December 20, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. ohio voter

    People like this are hurting the GOP more than they know. This kind of thing, and worse, is what turned many
    of my Ohio friends off-things just got too ugly from the right and many of us got sick of it. And we let
    the GOP know that november 2012. Her comment is hatelful and jealous. She hasn't done even half of
    what Obama has done in his life and many many GOP people are right there with Palin–not nearly as educated,
    articulate or aware that if we can't get along with the world we are done as a nation. I would say to Palin–
    he has done so much more than you iin four years than you just might do in your entire life. She is such
    an irrelevant person i wish the media would stop covering her. We have much bigger issues to deal with than
    what Palin has recently said.

    December 20, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Agreed!

    Ms. Palin isn't alone in her sense of disgust for Obama being selected as an "icon," a man who bet heavily on the "dumbing down" of America to get elected - and won. So glad I quit my Time subscription during the 2008 primaries and will NEVER pick that rag up again.

    December 20, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. montanagal

    Once again, Palin's a-Wailin' ... please go deep into the backwoods of Alaska and never come back, ya big crybaby.

    December 20, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. CaptD

    Sarah, 2008 is calling, you're fifteen minutes are up! Shut up and go away already.

    December 20, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is just too funny. She is an embarassment to the GOP/Tea Party that wants desperately to rebrand itself. Hope she runs in 2016 and sabotages those efforts.

    December 20, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. lcleejr

    why does the media give her attention. is the media just looking for a few laughs.

    December 20, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Charles Foster

    Her 15 minutes was over long ago. She should just go away AND the media as well as everyone else should forget her.

    December 20, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. reneeinINDY

    she really thinks she is making a name for herself.....History will show something sooooo different from what she would think. ask children's children will think this woman was the worst thing ever for woman in politics. poor thing. She has NO clue.

    December 20, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. guest

    Who cares about Palin? Even the die hard GOPs know whe was a major mistake, as did most folks after the 1st week.

    December 20, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Bill, NY

    lacks a certain degree of relevancy. Sounds like Sarah Palin to a tee.

    December 20, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Bill

    Palin and anything she says is irrelevent.

    December 20, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. rICHARD

    Can you think of a more irrelevant "pseudo-celebrity" than Mrs Palin? What is she now? A has-been candidate who quit on the state of Alaska, a "Constitutional authority" who can't name a Founding Father? A half-baked talking head for FOX? Please, you had your 15 minutes...

    December 20, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. mike

    I find it amusing that she says that time magazine is irrelevant. Really? Hmm.

    December 20, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. 2012liberal

    And you r relavent how?

    December 20, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. ctl

    What has she accomplished other than to help make a laughing stock out of the Republican party..............and by the way what is Putin doing up there rearing his head, I think he likes you Sarah ?

    December 20, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Smitty

    The magazine "lacks a degree of relevancy"? Palin is the one who lacks relevancy. She is the Kardashian of politics, famous for doing nothing. She's on the list of influential people because people listen to what she says, not because she actually achieved anything, because she hasn't. Her biggest achievement is having a dysfunctional family and quitting her job as the governor. I just don't get why anyone cares about anything that comes out of her mouth, then again I don't get why people care about Kim Kardashian.

    December 20, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. enuff

    What's her stand on Connecticut? Remember Ms. lock and load with the gun crosshairs on everything? PErhaps CNN. Should stop trying to keep her relevant. just saying...

    December 20, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. jb1963

    She like McCain are still upset that they lost to a black man. She was a top influential because she influential in getting democrats elected and inspiring hate amungst Americans

    December 20, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. tlmarino

    How is it that this person is still being quoted for anything? This is the poster child of the GOP and their ignorance. All have sunk to a new level of low class trash.

    December 20, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Grady

    Sarah Palin...Mad Magazines person of the year.

    December 20, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. wyciwyg

    @ Steve Wilson, Canada
    MANYppl talk exactly the same way, but the media chooses to print the slang to sway ppl like you to negative comments. i challenge the media to print words from socialist-DEM speeches in exactly the same manner as those people pronounce them. never going to happen (gonna happen) as it is not the media's intent or practice to be even handed in their reporting.

    December 20, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Linda

    Does anyone really care what Palin thinks? Absolutely NOT! So – media – WHY ARE YOU GIVING HER COVERAGE???

    December 20, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. cwm

    GuestAgain, your comments prove that you are about as intelligent as Sarah Palin. Really, "Jan Brewer and Sarah Palin are the intelligent, principled and strong women who are not afraid to tell it like it is".

    If that's the case, I will never know how it is!

    December 20, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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