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. pkrbkr

    Sarah, just GO AWAY! We don't really give a hoot what you think....never did and never will! YOU are totally irrelevant, just like your friends at FOX and the GOP! The people have spoken in an election, the magazine TIME has been around much longer than any of the give your thoughts to someone who cares, if you can find someone!

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

    " The first thing that popped in my mind".. i think it was an air bubble Sarah..

    December 20, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. morris2196

    This is news? Does it matter what Palin thinks? Who is she?

    December 20, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    Perhaps Failin' Palin should take heed of the phrase "lacks a certain degree of relevancy".
    Coming from someone whose only claim to fame was a failed VP candidacy, a failed (abdicated) Governership, a failed family upbringing, a failed TP spokesperson, yada, yada, yada, one has to look at the source LOL !
    Why does CNN keep bring this failure to the fore? Let her go make another reality show in AK – where she should stay. Permanently!!

    December 20, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Lola

    Dear Sarah plain,
    Jealous much?

    From, the rest of America

    December 20, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. ccb

    Palin who??? All she cares about is herself and her quest to make $. I hope she runs for president in 2016 so we again can see just how ignorant she and others like are. The world must really laugh at us when we have national candidates like her.
    She and her confederates are polarizing agents for the ultra far right when we should be the UNITED States of America rather than the states in America.

    December 20, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. TexasAnnie

    Once again this woman proves she has no class & the brains of a stick. Why the media continues to give her any coverage just befuddles me.

    December 20, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Laz

    Everyone knows Palin is not the sharpest tool in the toolbox, including her. We all know everything the President has done for our nation despite the Repug-licans obstructions. No one really expects her to have any logic because we all saw her in 2008 when she couldn't answer simple questions. She should do the nation a favor and gather up her entire family and jump off the fiscal cliff.

    December 20, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Tom in Wheaton

    Please stop covering Sarah Palin. Nobody cares what she "thinks".

    December 20, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. JD

    Go jump off your bridge to nowhere Sarah. You are a nobody. You speak for the dumbest of the dumb.

    December 20, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. donna in CO

    Does anyone really care what Sarah Palin has to say? Why does the news media keep her in the news? She lacks the basic intellilect to be a politician as she proved both as governor of Alaska and as a candidate for national office. She's mean spirited, nearly ruining the Native villages in Alaska with her budget slashing – totally unnecessary given Alaska's oil wealth Thanks to her punitive restrictions on oil drilling, there's been no drilling by Alaska in years, thus increasing oil prices for all Americans. News Media: Stop dignifying her idiotic comments by publishing them!

    December 20, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. sammieb51

    Palin was never relevant in a positive manner in this country. she would have fit in beautifully in the utopian dream that Hitler had.

    December 20, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Wise1Speak


    Amazingly, the same person who could not name a single book, magazine, or novel that she had read when asked by Katie Couric during the 2008 general election; is now passing judgment on the TIMES article that she claimed to have read? Yeah, , , right.

    The same person whose claim to have foreign policy experience was based on her ability to see Russia from Alaska, has the audacity to pass judgment on President Obama's accomplishment? Sarah Palin needs to protect what dignity she has left over by shutting up!

    December 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. sammieb51

    Or, Sarah Palin thinks? Wonder how her weight loss book is coming along ....

    December 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. MaryinPA

    Of courses she thinks Time magazine is not relevant. She doesn't read.

    December 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Kelly51

    I don't see unity I see division. I don't see how out of all of the people in this world the person of the year choice would be Obama. But, then again Hitler too was man of the year on Time's cover. So there you go.

    "There must be no majority decisions, but only responsible persons, and the word 'council' must be restored to its original meaning. Surely every man will have advisers by his side, but the decision will be made by one man."
    – Adolf Hitler

    December 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. NoKidding

    Thank goodness this woman is growing old everday and someday soon she will just be considered an old cranky woman and nobody will even care to take a picture of her ;et alone hear what she says.

    December 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. WachetAuf

    The GOP is a caricature of itself. Gilbert and Sullivan, if they were alive, would create a wonderful musical farce out of Palin, Gingrich, Mitt, et al. Lord High Executioners, Pooh-Bahs, Little Buttercups, rulers of the Queens' navee.

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. witsEnd

    Thanks Palin, for saying this, and for making stupidity and ignorance fashionable. You are in the vogue!

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Kentucky Burbon

    she is Sooooooooooooooo in LOVE with the President; Making Glenn Rice jealous.............

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Harry Wreckdom

    sarah – I suggest you listen to the Counting Crows song "Jealous Again" – it certainly describes YOU!!

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. james pfeiffer

    Unfortunately Palin is the poster child for the level of intelligence in this country. That someone so poorly spoken with such an absence of self reflection, who is a proven quitter, who lacks dedication and wisdom and, at the same time, so needy and silly would ever be quoted on a national level is, in a word, embarrassing. I give her less credence then Honey Boo Boo.

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Russ

    Finally Sarah has a point that made sense. IF SHE WAS NAMED TO A LIST OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE by Time Magazine, what credence does the list have?

    December 20, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Guido56

    CNN, please stop making her opinion a story. No one cares.

    December 20, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. rs

    What is it with the Right always mentioning Hitler in the same sentance with Obama? Are they really that ill-informed or what?
    It certainly removes any credit from the comment right off the bat.

    December 20, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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