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. brown eyes

    I find her interesting and personable.

    February 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. J

    She`s soooo puuuurrrrrty !!!! Dumb like a fox, just not intellectually gifted----- If she wasn`t pretty, she would be a nobody.

    February 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. kelly_vt

    CNN...please STOP already with insignificant (and embarrassing) details on this woman's life - THIS is news????

    February 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. She Has The IQ of A Doorknob

    Note to Kids: We forgot to tell you that you actually have to know something by educating yourself before you can become president. Don't look to Pailin as a role model, she doesn't know anything.

    See why Geography and English comes in handy? Think about it.

    February 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Eric

    So, because she was too weak to move away from home to follow her dream, she just had a kid instead.

    What the heck is wrong with this woman. "I'm afraid to move to Bristol so i named my kid Bristol...."

    February 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Baaaa... Baaaa... Baaaa ......

    It is so funny watching CNN play you sheep....

    Do you not see a pattern. Fluff pieces about your hero (BO), then something critical about him, then a piece about Palin to really stir you mindless sheep up..... then start it all over the next day, then the next day, then the next day....etc.

    All this to keep their "hit" count up and allow them to sell advertisements.

    You've already let the Democratic party herd you, now you're letting CNN do the same.

    February 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Wow! She is really answering the TOUGH questions isn't she?

    What hard hitting journalism!

    February 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Lame

    ugh! We don't CARE! please...no more gossip!

    February 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. She Has The IQ of A Paper Clip

    Pailin loves money, not America. If she really wanted to help the country, she would not have procreated. Now we have her dimwitted seeds all over the place.

    February 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    Is this only way this woman can get in the spot light by going on a national news site and telling who she named her children after. And that her daughter can read. Hope this daughter will get a high school diploma, as I dont think any of the rest of her kids will get one. She should of named her last son Rush, Beings him and Sarah are both alike. I see some of her competition is out Mitt there for 2012. Wonder what hateful words she will use to tear him apart.

    February 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Cathy

    now that that's cleared up,GO AWAY!!!!

    February 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Sharon

    Please, I am tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. Her continued negativity and harsh criticism of campaign/news organizations/politicans/people are boring. Lady needs to realize she is to blame for her problems too!! Her whole political history reveals she reveal she has always been incapable of admitting her own faults. Attacking has always been her self chosen position/direction. 2008 Presidential Campaign is over!

    February 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Boston Irish

    To all of you posters who can't stand Sarah Palin and never want to read another thing about her – WHY DO YOU READ EVERY ARTICLE WORD FOR WORD REGARDING HER??????

    Who forced you to? I think deep down you enjoy reading about her a lot and you just don't want to admit it. You come on here and spew hate regarding her, but you really don't mean it. Just a cover for how you really feel. You think maybe if you spew garbage about her long enough, people might not notice how many times your name is on posts regarding her when you have already stated you don't want to read anymore about her. WELL THEN DON'T, but please shut up after you go ahead and read about her anyway.

    February 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Mish

    And this is news LOL
    Give me a break
    people could care less what she named her kids or who they were named after
    this woman is in love with HERSELF
    there are far more important issues to focus on
    she should go back to school and educate herself

    February 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. robert

    As a die hard republican, I feel completely embarrassed. This woman is a cancer. We need to hear about are true party leaders, not a moronic wanabee with the intellect of a ten year old.

    February 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Richard

    As long a democrats keep blaming other people for their problems, and failed policys. I will keep voting Republican. It seems the lesser of two evils. If democrats want my vote then clean up your own party, you don't get it by pointing fingers at others.

    February 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. arc, Lugano CH

    Why exactly are many Conservatives and Right leaning Republicans so enamored with this woman? Surely there is a stronger and more intelligent individual who embodies their views, yet who doesn’t feed off the fear of their supporters to better their own position.

    February 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Kevin Johnson

    Why is this considered news? Who cares about the inspiration for her daugther's name? This article belongs in the gossip rags. This is a new low for CNN.

    February 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. BJ in Nc

    And, the importance or relevence of naming her kids has WHAT to do with the state of the country???

    I'm just saying......

    February 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Me

    Palin bashers here are mostly paid liberal bloggers.

    BTW, Judd needs an education. Why does she personally go after only Palin? She should include EVERY governor, plus the President in her rantings. They ALL look over and control the wildlife management decisions that are in EVERY SINGLE STATE, not just Alaska...remember the POISONED BIRD story last week???? Where is her outcry for the pain and suffering of those poor poisoned birds???....sorry, but feeding the people of Alaska (who MANY rely on Carribou to eat) IS more important than the wolf population dessimating the Carribou population, (and thus starving themselves after they would have totally wiped out their own food source – if Palin AND the wildlife EXPERTS hadn't done something about it)....Hollywood, get a clue.

    February 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. T F

    To those who are whining, if you don't care about the story, you shouldn't have continued reading the article ;-) , and you probably shouldn't even bother posting a note related to palin. it's a waste of your life ;) .

    February 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Dionne

    Sarah honey......please leave us alone!

    February 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Brian

    Here we go again with the bashing of a human being!!! You liberals are totally sick in the head!!! LEAVE HER ALONE!!! Where is your compassion for love thy neighbor, and to quote what most of you liberals now say.... "there is not time for hatred now" Does this only apply to President Obama or any of your fellow dems??? You people are worse than the devil!!!!

    February 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Sue

    Yeap, she should stick to interiews with light-weight media instead of political media. Reflects well on her light-weight political career. Anything media news about Palin should be categorised under Entertainment, NOT politics.

    February 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Mary

    Just go away and stay away

    February 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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