February 6th, 2009
03:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin: ESPN inspired daughter's name

Sarah Palin’s media blitz continues in a new, expansive interview with Esquire magazine, in which the Alaska governor reflects on the presidential race, her favorite lip balm, and how her ESPN motivated her to name her daughter Bristol.
Sarah Palin’s media blitz continues in a new, expansive interview with Esquire magazine, in which the Alaska governor reflects on the presidential race, her favorite lip balm, and how her ESPN motivated her to name her daughter Bristol.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin’s media blitz continues in a new, expansive interview with Esquire magazine, in which the Alaska governor reflects on the presidential race, her favorite lip balm, and how her ESPN motivated her to name her daughter Bristol.

Palin told the magazine the inspiration for her oldest daughter’s name had a few sources. She once worked at a Dillingham hotel called the Bristol Inn, and her husband Todd grew up in Bristol Bay.

“But also, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of ESPN,” she explained. “And when I was in high school, my desire was to be a sportscaster. ESPN was just kicking off, just getting off the ground, and I thought that's what I was going to do in life, is be one of the first woman sportscasters. Until I learned that you'd have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away. So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.”

Esquire published online excerpts of the interview last month, including one in which Palin bashed “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.” But on Friday, the magazine released a miscellany of nearly two dozen quotes from the interview, which covered everything from moose chili to Saturday Night Live.

Looking back on the campaign, Palin reiterated her disappointment with the McCain campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan early.

“We pulled out of some states that I believe we should have continued to campaign in and sent a stronger message that those states really mattered, regardless of the number of electoral votes there,” she said. “The people mattered. I would have loved to have had more influence on where it was that we campaigned.”

As she said in the earlier excerpts, Palin said she wished she could have called “some of the shots” in the race. “Don't just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya,” she said.

The governor noted that she’s a big fan of a certain lip ointment. “I'm addicted to Carmex,” she said. “I don't go anywhere without Carmex.”

She also said: “Everything I've ever needed to know I learned through sports.”

At the end of a long day, she said, she likes to take a bath with her son Trig, and then fall asleep listening her daughter Piper read aloud.

“She's learning to read and she'll read for hours on end,” she said. “It's idyllic. It's amazing.”


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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. a true american

    why is the media focusing on that puppet. jesus!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. PHS in RI

    who cares

    February 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Bill A

    How clever......God will she just go away......

    February 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Russ

    Again, Why do we care about Palin and her life? And I sure as hell don't care about her lip balm. If she didn't put out so much lip service she wouldn't need it.

    February 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Jason

    Are you kidding me? So her great – grandkids we be called what, ESPN, ESPNU? NO, FOXSPORTS PALIN!!!
    Guarentee none of tem will be call PBS Palin

    February 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Stewie

    It's such a shame that she didn't become an ESPN anchor. She and Keith Olberman could've been best friends.

    February 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. GOPer

    A politician naming a child after a fantasy. Is this really worthy of global news coverage while millions of Americans are slipping deeper into poverty?

    February 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. rml

    Why does the press continues to give this moron time?
    I am beginning to lose my fiath in the credibility of CNN..Thought they were a news network, not a sounding board for publicity seeking wannabes......

    February 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Venia

    And this is the clown you rethuglicans wanted to be second in command?? Wow, just wow.

    February 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Morgan, Colorado

    This is Alaska news at most stop putting it up as National news. You lost, we rejected you, go away Palin.

    – 49 other states.

    February 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Esther Johanssen

    The title of this article on the main page reads "Obama gets bad early review."

    not

    "Obama STIMULUS gets bad early review."

    The polls were not a judge of Obama's approval rating but his stimulus package. This are two completely different things that have been scrambled together. Please address this. Thankyou.

    February 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Here in AZ

    Oh jeez, here we go again. Another story about the Palin brain trust. Why can't she just go away and stay there? What a waste of an interview too. Sarah never mentioned Esquire as one of the magazines she reads.

    February 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. PATTY, KENTUCKY

    PLEASE, ENOUGH OF HER....SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO ALASKA & GOVERN HER 3K+ PEOPLE....SHE'S A JOKE & AN INSULT TO THE REAL WORKING MOMS OF AMERICA....

    February 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Thumb

    Outstanding

    February 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. nadine

    It does matter if you went to Michigan or not, you would not have won anyways. There are only a handful of people who would vote for you as a Vice President or a President. Even if President Obama didn't win, you never stood a chance and still will never be elected for any political position other than being the Gov. of Alaska. As a American with free will, I will never, ever vote for you. Just go away already.

    February 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. zaphod2000

    WHO GIVES A FLYING FREAK!!! FIRST WOMAN SPORTSCASTER? DOES SHE LISTEN TO HERSELF WHEN SHE TALKS???
    BREAKING NEWS, BREAKING NEWS – the Alaska beauty queen woke up this morning, she let one rip on her way to the bathroom and as she was brushing her teeth she looked out her window and saw Russia.
    PLEASE STOP REPORTING ON THIS TRAILER TRASH BIMBO.
    WHERE DID SHE PICK THOSE OTHER DUMB NAMES FOR HER KIDS?

    February 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. does that answer your question?

    Is anyone out there still wondering why we love to make fun of this woman?

    February 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    OK So Gov. Palin wanted to work for ESPN until she found that she would have to move to Bristol, Connecticut so she did the next best thing. She got pregnant and named the baby Bristol. I'm sure that really makes her daughter, Bristol, feel great. This woman is still talking about the McCain campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan early. Maybe by this time next year, time will have caught up with her and she will realize that they lost the election. Then maybe she will be able to move on.

    She says everything she ever needed to know she learned through sports. Now that explaines her limited knowledge and taking a bath with her son is just a bit to much information. I'm not even going to go there. You can tell she has listened to lots of commercials to because she loves her Carmex Lip Ointment and "NEVERS LEAVES HOME WITHOUT IT" I thought that was the AMEX Card.

    This woman is going to keep people like Jay Leno in business for years.

    February 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. nate

    She named her kid after a town where a tv station is. Enough said

    February 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Snake eyes

    And she wonders why she's not taken seriously....

    February 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Approve My Comments CNN!

    Here comes the raging mouth foaming Democraps in 3,2,1......

    February 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Karen P.

    Good for Sarah! She's much more intelligent than Nancy Pelosi, who thinks we are losing 500 million jobs each month. Quite a feat for a country who's population is only about 300 million.

    February 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Boston Irish

    I like all the names Sarah Palin picked for her children. I like names you don't see everyday. I'm very disappointed at the people who have posted being so hateful regarding her children's names. They are just names and simply because you've never heard of them or maybe they are a name you wouldn't choose for your child, doesn' mean you have to be so hateful and call her children horrible names. A lot of people might not like the names Sasha and Malia, but I don't see anyone ridiculing the Obama daughters simply because you don't like their names. They are only names and they are only children.

    February 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. chuck

    Sarah Palin hasn't woken up to reality as yet. Her rise to Governor was the biggest FLUKE in American history. When Palin wakes up out of her dream she would realise how stupid she really is. Sarah Palin might be the Governor but she acts like a house wife trying to grab every penny she could get. People don't be fooled by this idiot,everywhere she goes money is demanded and every interview she does is money driven.

    February 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Nonconformist

    I love Sarah Palin.

    February 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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