October 3rd, 2009
02:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Alaska's 'First Dude' resigns

Todd Palin quit his job in the oil fields.
Todd Palin quit his job in the oil fields.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– The 'First Dude' of Alaska will no longer be working in the oil fields.

The Alaska Dispatch reports Todd Palin has quit his job with BP’s North Slope operation. The newspaper quotes BP Company spokesman Steve Rinehart as saying Palin submitted his resignation last month and officially resigned September 18.

As a production operator, Todd Palin was responsible for management of the oil gathering centers, where oil is gathered from multiple wells.

BP PLC is one of the largest energy companies in the world.

Todd Palin, the "First Dude" to former Governor Sarah Palin, shot to national fame along with his wife when she was named Republican vice presidential nominee. He also professionally races snowmobiles (known in Alaska as “snowmachines) and is a commercial fisherman.

News of his resignation comes about two months after Sarah Palin's resignation from office on July 26.


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  1. Nadeem

    Either way big oil is stall paying the Palins

    October 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Susan

    This is news? Obama get's humiliated on the world stage yesterday, and this is the best CNN can come up with?

    October 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. AndrewL

    Now if the rest of the repub party in the house and senate would follow suit we get around the obstructionist just say no stalling tactics of the right.

    October 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. mjm

    How is this news compared to 9.8% unemployment?

    Are we trying to distract people?

    October 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Elaine

    Oh, please, MSM elite ,to CNN, in particular:

    Mind your own business!! This is America and not Africa!! You are writing down too much controversial issues against Sarah Palin, the future first female president of the United States. As an independent, I voted for BHO and now I feel sorry for it. Only now I realized that BHO is indeed a manchurian candidate promoted by MSM media to be in the whitehouse. You have done so much evil stories against a former governor who elimated corruption in Alaska, and her actions were favored by God. God is all just and all knowing, and the Palins will have their final glory and justice. That day, CNN and the rest of the MSM will fade away and go down in history. WHAT GOES AROUNd COMES AROUND. Remember this Karma words, please!! Anyway, Thanks so much, in advance, for always tearing down Sarah Palin. Because of this, Sarah Palin is now battle tested, getting strong determination and strong character that will make her a tougher and reliable leader and future POTUS 2012. Unlike BHO who is a half-baked, and for this reason, he cannot even have a direct eye to eye contact with other rogue leaders from Iran and Venezuela and he always apologetic for Americans.

    October 3, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. JWalk

    What job???

    October 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Bill in VT

    Ha ha. Did Michelle Obama have a "job" that she "resigned from".

    Besides, I would think you libs would be happy.... working for an evil, nasty OIL company, for SHAME!!!

    October 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    lol...and WHO owns BP?

    This is not surprising...the woman has the real bucks coming in now...he might as well join the parade and get some too, right?

    Besides, he would be dragging her down working for BP for any future aspirations...too much baggage there.

    October 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Brenda

    Let this white trash family slink off into obscurity. I am so sick of the Palin family and their drama. She is an incoherent, loud mouth, fear mongering idiot. And he, well he is her coat stand, basically. The only thing that they care about is making money for themselves. They have to now that she can't just charge everything to the state of Alaska or the National Republican party. CNN–This Is Not News! Go out and find some real news!!!

    October 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. vette gal

    CNN, who cares? I am so tired hearing about this dysfunctional family. What is it with this fascination for the likes of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and even the Palins? I, for one, do not live my life wanting to emulate these type of people nor do I want to read about them. I want to read about celebrities that can be held up as good examples not bad ones. No wonder our young people are screwed up. They see these type of people getting lots of press, watch reality tv shows that make them think they can act like the people that are in them and think it's okay to do so because they are accepted, What has happened to our society? It's definitely in a sorry state.

    October 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. John

    Many are calling Palin a stupid. She is not a genius, but grabbing 7 million dollars into pocket and placing the book as the No. 1 in Amazon even before it is published....Man, that is not coming from a stupid person. Those who call her stupid, which one of you got a 7 million deal?

    October 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Will

    Can I have his job? I'm unemployed

    October 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    What does teach their kids? Tired of your job, looking for something better? No really good reason...Just quit!!

    Not surprised at all. Those two are LOSERS!

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. slf

    people: they have a right do do whatever they please! Just as you do! Liberals are just so jealous and scared of the Palins! lol

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. An Ex-NC-Pub

    Heck, he hasn't been to work in years, so what difference could that make? Plus, Momma Palin has reached and answered her higher calling... $DOLLARS$...$MILLIONS OF THEM$.. so why should he bother? He can do like the rest of us "hockey dads;" lay on the couch, belch, scratch and let momma bring home the moose.

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Rick in AZ

    Two job opportunities in Alaska. Recession ending there?

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Hennessy Cognac Black, WI

    I think the Palin family should be renamed: the QUIT FAMILY...

    October 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Michigan

    I was wondering what took Todd so long to quit with the millions coming in from her book and speaking engagements.

    **Can you imagine SARAH PALIN speaking at the UN or holding her own with world leaders. I've been a republican for decades but could not see anyone being able to step up to the world like Obama all while juggling several balls here at home.

    October 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Dee

    To Wendy "Wow! The Palins have set a wonderful example for their children- JUST QUIT!" and others with similar comments, how is this different than the Obama's teaching their children to spend others money and galavant arouond the world on someone else's dime? Wow, so both the Obama's needed to go to Denmark in 4 airplanes no less! What kind of carbon footprint did that leave. Mr. Gore must not be too happy, but then again, he is involved in developing a new auto that will be made in Europe??? Wow!

    October 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Jason

    Maybe if the liberals at CNN would not report stories about the Palins so much, we'd hear less whining about them from liberals, eh?

    October 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    This guy was the worst ....... wait a minute, he is not a politician and has never been elected to anything, nor ever run, so this is on the political ticker because.......................?

    My bad, the liberal losers need to get up at the crack of noon and have something to do with their day as work is not one of them (see Obambi voters 2008).

    This guy is a fishermen and a pro-snowmobiler as well and his wife has also been a beautty queen, VP nominee, Mayor, Governor, business owner, number one on the Best seller list, highly paid speaker....

    And you liberal sheep have done what in your life exactly, oops, my bad, getting out of bed this morning (after crying yourself to sleep last night because the fraud in chief and MEchelle couldn't close the deal) and watching Oprah on TIVO while waiting for the mailman to come DOES NOT count as anything being NEAR as what these two have done.

    CNN ought to be ashamed for even putting this on the ticker, but they are giving something for the dregs to do today.

    October 3, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. harold

    You Betcha he quit his job.. and his wife Sarah quit hers also... Now what?.... I suggest keep the books coming Sarah...and dabble once in awhile in politics.. the kind of course that does not end up killing Grandma like the Health Insurance companies killed my grandma in 1957..(before medicare).. when she had a stroke and cost the insurance companies too much money.. the insurance company sent a letter of cancellation to her.. It killed her.!... Do you hear me Sarah Palin?

    October 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Joanna in PA

    Of course he did. Sarah quite so she could cash in on her Monet of fame. He no longer has to work. What hillbillys.

    October 3, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. a7m

    Who needs a job if there are enough conservative retards to pay for the Palins' upkeep.

    October 3, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Amanda

    Is he applying for unemployment benefits or just living off his wife's book deal and her charms and winks ?

    October 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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