Palin bashes Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'
December 20th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
8 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. Jerry

    Can anyone tell me what this woman has done to rate all the attention she is still getting. I personally don't like this woman who couldn't even finish her term as Governor of Alaska.

    December 20, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. viewer

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. She was a divisive, anti-diversity, bigoted, and self-promoting person. She does not have any moral latitude. Stop promoting her CNN.

    December 20, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Psychologist

    TIME Magazine lacks those who don't read, isn't that right, Sarah? Because you don't read. It's appallingly obvious.

    December 20, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Ken in MD

    Of the two parties involved (Palin and Time), one of them definitely "lacks a certain degree of relevancy." Hint: it's not the magazine.

    December 20, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. bob

    Oh the irony of those saying she is no longer relevant. You do realize that is exactly her point right?

    December 20, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. oldvet10

    Don't like Palin but expect Stalin or Mao will win next year

    December 20, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Joe

    Who cares what you say Sarah. Perhaps you should spend some more time instilling some character into that trashy family of yours. Bristol and Tripp sure reveal their true character on "Life's a Tripp", and this is what you created. You want to tell us what is good and righteous? Please! You're nothing but an Alaskan hillbilly from Wasilla. Shame on the media for promoting your swill.

    December 20, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. bones

    Palin's "spot on" on this one.

    December 20, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. BlkPwr817

    When asked what she reads back in 2008 Palin said "all of them" but couldn't name any news source. Now Time Magazine is While the GOP has been stuck on stupid the last 4 years, the rest of the country is moving forward...

    December 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. ST

    I have to give an advice to GOP though they didn't ask for it. Just put a muzzle to the following: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Grete (of Fox News), Bill O'reilly (Fox News), Brian Kil.. (Fox News), John Gibson (Fox News). These people are not helping you at all. They are digging a very, very big hole for you while making mega dollars. If you do not believe me ask Todd Akin and Murdoch of Indiana, Shirley Angle of Nevada, Mitt Romney (of some where). People are no longer stupid. They are more cleverer than you think they are.

    December 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Yonni

    The legacy of John McCain

    December 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. rs

    The year 2008 will go down in history as a watershed year for the GOP- It survived (barely) the 8 tragic years of Republican rule under George W. Bush, culminating with the greatest economic disaster since the Crash of '29; it is the year that John McCain foolishly picked Ms. Palin as his running mate and lost in dramatic fashion, and; it was the year the American voter discovered just what it was Republicans did to America during the previous 8 years.
    They have become the anti-American party, the American Taliban. In years to come from the vast political wilderness they have set a course for, they will be able to look at portaits of Palin, Bush (and indeed Mr. 4moreyrsObummer) the evil Brewer of Arizona and say "yes, it was at this point it all went wrong for us".
    And, they still won't get it...

    December 20, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Paul

    Who cares what she thinks. She only ever been in it for the money. That makes her a _____ fill in the blank!

    December 20, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. imhem

    Hate her all you want but she's right. Obama has been the most devisive president in American history. Dividing us between racial, social and economic lines and then rearranging them back into his new "majority" of government dependent lemmings. Too bad because he had the country behind him back in 2008 but immediately turned to the left with his irresponsible spending, czars and partisan politics where he never worked with the GOP because he said "elections have consequences". Imagine if a GOP president had done what Obama had done, Time would have labeled him a fascist. It's easy dishing out other people's confiscated and borrowed money and developing a popular following much like another famous Chicago resident, Al Capone. Deep down you know what he's doing is wrong for society but as long as he gives you free stuff you'll support him.

    December 20, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Laurie in Spokane

    Who is this Palin character? Should I pay attention to what it says?

    December 20, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. james

    So is Time on of the magazines that was put in front of her?

    December 20, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Babe

    No one in the country is more irrelevant at this moment than Sarah Palin. Having said that, the question then becomes why this article was ever written. Why, CNN, do you continue to give her coverage and in essence help to make her a professional celebrity? She is a a nobody: a failed politician who could not govern well when she was in office, couldn't successfully run for higher office because she is not qualified, not informed, not educated, not well read (perhaps not read at all). So, all in all, why should this person be in any article? CNN, you are becoming more irrelevant yourself if you lower your standards this much. What happened to the network that was once a standard for journalism? For focusing on news? This is nonsense.

    December 20, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. John Crandall

    Agreed! Says Obama won by betting heavily on "the dumbing down of America". He must be seriously deluded. Obama raised the expectations and an intelligent electorate voted him back into office knowing full well what he had been doing in office, in spite of the efforts of the Republican congress to shut him down. While both Democrats and Republicans ran campaigns that were negative and devisive, one cannot argue that Democratic strategy was based upon " dumbing down" any voter. If anything, Republican strategy played on race, bigotry and xenophobia to corral enough of the "white" vote to defeat Barack Huseein Obama.

    December 20, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. roro

    The only thing irrelevant here is Palin herself. She's one of the many reasons Obama got elected in the first place. She could probably take some credit for Obama being named Person of the Year twice. How's that for irony? Nanny nanny boo boo!!!

    December 20, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Bebop

    In a pathetic desire to be relevant, Sarah Palin oepns her mouth yet again, and lunacy is the result...

    December 20, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Steve R

    The longer the shelf life we get from Palin and the rest of the wackos who kidnapped the Republican Party, the better it is for this Country. They can't win and they manage to say things that turn off the majority of Americans. Sarah in 2016!!! The Dems would probably contribute to her campaign

    December 20, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Paula Shepard

    Sarah why don't you just beat it. Your 15 minutes of shame is up. Get over it and try to make something of your life, besides bashing President Obama every chance you get. I feel like you have an obsession with the president. That is not good for the mind, body and soul.

    December 20, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Roger

    Sarah Palin is certainly an expert on irrelevancy!

    December 20, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. wolverine162

    Why does this woman keep getting airtime, she is so IRRELIVENT! I am so sick of her! Sent her to Siberia!

    December 20, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. blue dog

    I agree times choice of Obama is a lazy one. Teachers in Newport, Pakistani girl, American voters, Hispanics in USA , etc. In my opinion these are the ppl who really mattered in 2012.

    December 20, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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