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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. crispy

    What a wonderful example. As the GOP again overreacts to the current unemployment situation, at least "Dude" can afford to quit his job. I'm inspired by his actions. Now I just need to find a Right-Wingnut to marry and ride her apron strings...

    October 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. E

    Another example of that stellar Republican work ethic.

    October 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Mohsen

    I still don't understand the fascination with the Palin family. Sara Palin is an uneducated person who during the McCain campaign did not even know that Africa is a continent rather than a country. She does not read too much in order to keep in touch with the current political events. Her husband is even worse.He likes racing snowmobiles and commercial fishing rather than getting involved in politics like his wife. God help us all if Sara becomes the president of our country.

    October 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. sandy

    Did not say Mr. Palin quit ALL his jobs. Sounds to me like a lot of
    jeaulosy going around in this world. Sure lot of te DUDES would
    love being in his shoes!!

    October 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Opponents of Sarah Palin oppose her because she lacks intelligence, a global perspective and simple common sense. Supporters of Sarah Palin are left to relish in the joy of why educated people oppose their leader. Is it because they lack the same things? Isn't that humorous and pathetic?

    October 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Wayne

    He is not the "the First Dude" anymore, because his wife quit remember.

    October 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. possum

    Family of quitters.

    October 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. crispy

    Oh, Mike. Really? THAT'S the comparison you're making? I'll give you a do-over on that one before commenting further.

    October 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. cmonfriday

    I personally do not care that Todd quit his job or not but let's get real here. Sarah is getting a 7 million dollar advance on her book (mostly written by a ghost writer) so why should he work.

    October 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Shan

    For those of you who 'fail to see the newsworthiness' of this... why click on the link?

    /duh

    October 3, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Dixie

    Sarah will be far from a famous author PLEASE! If the book is even coherent, we can be sure that she did not write it. That woman is dumber than a box of rocks and so are those who think that she is presidental material. That is a truly scary thought!!

    October 3, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    To Mike in VA: How dare you compare Todd Palin with Mrs. Obama? Are you on crack or what?

    October 3, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Mike, FL

    He doesn't need to work anymore....his wife is making millions of dollars basing the president and our country on a foreign land.

    October 3, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Vocal Majority

    Mike in VA: Michelle Obamba quit her "made-up just for her job" so why isn't Todd Palin allowed resign his?

    You liberal hypocrites make me want to throw up!!

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    Please do, and keep on doing it until we have one less conservative waste of space.

    October 3, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Bill

    It seems that Sarah and Todd have each created at least one job opening. What's wrong with that? At least it's measurable unlike Obama's "job creation or retention".

    October 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Jean 2

    The Palins proved to have the wining plan for Americans. Play the games of a special segment of society, write a book for big bucks about strange things, give speeches to the highest bidder on what ever topic the payer wants, the media will push it, this gives the possibility to live as they choose. What ever works!!

    The whole idea of hard work etc takes a back seat and the country we love PAYS the cost!

    October 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. JCKnows

    Now answer the million dollar question – Can he talk?

    Now that she is making the money that she wanted he can continue to be supported spouse. Good for him. He is a great First Dude who does nothing. Again, can he talk.

    October 3, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. AJ

    So when does the inevitable reality show start?

    October 3, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. E POP

    Monkey see, monkey do.

    October 3, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Bill

    Heck i quit my job, After Obama was elected saying he would spread the wealth, why work when my neighbor can pay my bills.

    Change you can believe in………

    October 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Paige

    Why is it that when a MALE politian's spouse does something similar we don't pass judgement? I think any of us who have something rude to say regarding his decision or how much money she is making from her book are just plain JEALOU$!!!

    October 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Georgia

    Who Cares! It's really SAD that ALL the Republican's have for leadership are the Palins', Glenn Beck, and Rush! They are all MORON's!!!

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    October 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Alex in Wisconsin

    Well You can't really be surprised now that Sarah Palin is making millions off the conservative base. Of course it might make the Palin family look like a bunch of quitters in the eyes of liberals.

    October 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    everybody's sick of palin

    October 3, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Anne

    He's probably getting to travel the states with her for the next three years.

    October 3, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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