February 6th, 2009
03:24 PM ET
5 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. Dave

    IT'S STILL A PIG!!!

    February 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. john

    I just assumed she was named after the NASCAR track. I could picture rednecks everywhere saying, "Dadgummit! I didn't know we were allowed to name our kids after racin' tracks! I'm changing my daughter's name to Talladega!!!"

    February 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Timmay

    “Everything I've ever needed to know I learned through sports.” What Special Olympics?

    February 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Alaskan

    PLEASE stop indulging the Palin media blitz. Who cares that this bimbo named her poor daughter after ESPN. We already know Palin is an idiot. Stop confirming it for us, let her sink into obscurity already!

    February 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. John

    Find it funny that the only insult you can say about Sarah is that "shes stupid." Why dont you do a little reasearch on her political stances instead of calling her 3rd grade names.

    February 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. James

    Learning everything from sports would certainly explain a whole lot, a real lot....thats all id criticize here..just another dumb comment, not to mention she didnt give a damn about other states if she did she wouldnt resort to stereotypes and generalizations when blaming people for something as simple as an interview, unfortunately, the mtv environment in politics that exists lately, i see this happening more and more, i mean look at all these comments already, and they are right, we dont care what lip crap she uses, or why she named her kid that, we care about your intelligence, and there seems to not be any, end of story. We arent helping by commenting wildly on her everytime shes on here obviously, although with her constant mouth dropping comments its hard not to. =/

    February 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Greg in Colorado

    Big deal... please go away you ingrate!!

    February 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. C Squared

    Amber February 6th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

    OK, let's not get hypocritical here folks. Remember that a lot of famous progressives name their kids Kal-EL, Apple, Moon Unit, Wolfgang, Pilot, etc.

    ______________________________________________________

    Let's not forget my favorite...Blanket. Wolfgang was also Mozart's first name (It's German/Austrian)

    But on the actual story...honestly, why is this news? And I'm not saying that because it is a Palin story. I would say the same thing about the President's children. My mother doesn't go around telling people how she was inspired for my name. Granted Bristol is a better name than Trigg. But seriously CNN?

    –C Squared (forever lost in moderation)

    February 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. indiana voter

    It is amazing that so many people on this blog feel intimidated by Palin that they have to try and discredit her. Apparently CNN recognizes that she is going to be a strong GOP candidate in the future and that is why they continue to cover her. The "left" is scared by this as evidenced in the comments made about her on this board.

    February 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Phillip Bunn

    If a moose farts in Alaska, and Sarah Palin doesn't hear it, does it really make a sound?

    February 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Jean

    Why did you close this ticker "Polls show support for stimulus has slipped" but you have no problem leaving the Palin comment open for days. Scumbags.
    ------------------

    Polls show support for stimulus

    What did you expect? The corrupt MSM elected the most inexperience man to be president in our history.

    Obama has never Gov anything in his life. His whole campaign was a well rehearsed movie script.

    He looks weak and confused. He is playing the fear card just like Bush.

    The next four years will rest on the shoulders of the corrupt MSM.

    February 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Dontthinkso, Trenton, Indiana

    I wonder why she wanted the VP job, did she not understand she'd have to move EVEN FARTHER away?

    February 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Cincy Voter

    Boston Irish:

    Get over it, no one cares.

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. sherry

    Did this revelation come to her while she was taking a hit on the bong?

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    CNN,
    WHY ? Who Cares !
    Leave this high standard of journalism to the National Inquirer or Soap Opera Digest !

    PLEASE !

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Dave

    So I guess he next child will be named Plumber?

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Dallas TX

    This woman is truly an idiot. She will talk about anything that will get her in the media. This is the person that the GOP wants to represent them in 2012. What is it??? Is there no governing business for her to take care of in Alaska. We the people who don't see America as she does are SICK of her. The GOP is pathetic now.... Joe the Plummer giving economic advice to Republicans and Sarah Palin trying to be in the media everyday. Why don't she and Joe the Plummer go crawl under a rock..... FOREVER! Republicans are a joke. They just don't get it.

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    "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."–Make it stop, please. She really doesn't get it that the VP is the SECOND in command. SHE doesn't think they should have pulled out of Michigan, SHE should have called some of the shots...fact is, that SHE is in large part the reason that the McCain campaign went down...then again, perhaps they SHOULD have put her "in charge" earlier and thus brought the thing to a merciful, if not annoying, end that much more quickly.

    February 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. obama-mama

    Beverly, NYC...you are hilarious....I can't stop laughing.

    February 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Joel Miller

    Palin's publicist is doing a great job keeping this irrelevancy in the lime light. Which CNN reporters has he or she taken to lunch recently. Everything in this article (and probably in the Esquire piece) is old, old news. Don't waste time and energy on dead stories. There's a whole ecoomic crisis and two wars plus all kinds of other news good and bad to report on.

    February 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. JD

    GO AWAY. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE GO AWAY.

    February 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Jesi Turner

    All Leonard Peltier Supporter are currently jamming the White House phone lines demanding the release of Leonard Peltier. Today marks the 33 anniversary of his incarceration for a crime he never committed. A crime in which the others involved in this case we're found innocent by reason of self defense. FREE LOENARD PELTIER NOW!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Texas

    What does "ya" mean? Still have taken that English class I see.

    February 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. FAYE, NV

    Please learn for books, like how to complete a sentence, what makes an expert on foreign policy.

    Let us see your medical records on the birth of your last child. Sara is a fake and snake.

    February 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. BRUTIS

    She says she like to play the FLUTE......I bet Todd enjoys that to...A good skin FLUTE player is hard to fine these days.

    February 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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