(CNN) – Sarah Palin and her almost-son-in-law Levi Johnston have been in a war of words for months, but the former Alaska governor told Oprah Winfrey in just-released clips of the highly-anticipated interview that he is still "part of the family."
While not directly saying whether or not Johnston is invited to Thanksgiving dinner, Palin said her family still has affection for Johnston.
"It's lovely to think that he would ever even consider such a thing," Palin told Winfrey. "Because of course you want - he is a part of the family and you want to bring him in the fold and kind of under your wing. And he needs that, too."
Discussing her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," on Winfrey's famous couch, Palin said she and her family want to make peace with Johnston and move past the dramatics that have unfolded in the media over the last year. Johnston was once engaged to Palin's daughter, Bristol, and is the father of Palin's grandson, Tripp.
"I think he needs to know that he is loved and he has the most beautiful child, and this can all work out for good," Palin said. "It really can. We don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. We're not really into the drama. We don't really like that. We're more productive."
Palin also called her interview with Katie Couric during the campaign a "bad interview," but said the campaign staff encouraged her to continue to do others after that.
"The campaign said, 'Right on. Good. You're showing your independence. This is what America needs to see and it was a good interview,'" Palin said. "And of course I'm thinking, if you thought that was a good interview, I don't know what a bad interview is because I knew it was a bad interview."
Palin's full sit-down with Winfrey will air on Monday, the day before her memoir hits bookstores.
I don't trust this lady. She was instrumental in screwing up Levi's life and I trust Levi's story. She is the one orchestrated Levi's sitting with her daughter Bristol during the Republican convention and I could literally see Levi being uncomfortable next to her. That's what went wrong with uneducated or ill-educated Palin to enter into the whole thing to cover up the reality.
Of course she wants to stop the drama with Levi; it's an open artery in her image. The more he talks, the more America sees the REAL Sarah Palin behind the curtain. And Palin is desperate to keep that curtain up, because what's behind it is pretty darn nasty.
She started the snark with Levi, who's just a dumb kid... and she escalated it, and now that it's causing her damage, suddenly she's saying he's "part of the family" or what-not. This is all part of a long-standing pattern for Palin, where she uses people and discards them when they're no longer useful to her. Now Levi is a threat so she's trying to play all sweetness and light about it. Too little too late, Sarah.
This sociopath will NEVER be president. Her theocratic fanbase can just abandon their fantasies of that right now. She's as phony as Carrie Prejean.
Oh, please. Anyone who believes that line is a bigger fool than the ex-Gov!
Again...this is not political...it is tabloid entertainment...should be on Marquee Blog
OMG...she looks like her brain was going to pop out or something, please don't strain yourself I've read enough, she's as dumb as a knock knock joke! CNN for gods sake Enough or I'm going to Faux noise instead..
sarah also has nothing but warm feeling for president obama . . .
how come people can't tell the god's honest truth? levi johnston and the palins obviously have nothing but bitterness for one another.
good for sara palin! she has class.
Oh boy, 'Mommie Dearest' herself speaks...most of this drama she refers to was brought on by Palin herself by 'using' Levi and parading him around in front of the media during the 2008 campaign and casting him aside after it was all over.
After leading Levi into the lion's den (media spotlight) does she really expect him to ignore that bright light now?
From the no-drama drama queen herself. Figures. If you want no drama, don't go on oprah.
I think that Sarah Palin deserves a lot of praise for the good works that she does. The interview with Katie Couric shows what kind of person Katie Couric is and shows that she can be a very viscious person. I wish Sarah Palin good luck in whatever she endeavors to do and she would have made a better President than what we have now. Our country is slowly but surely going down the drain financially and morally. He may be a smooth speaker but has little else to give our failing country.
Where have you been Sarah, you are the BIGGEST drama queen in Politics
That's a hoot – Palin not into the drama? The woman will lie to your face.
Sarah please get out of the news. You have been on screen every since you decided to leave Alaska, WHY? Are you an idiot or just want attention?
Sounds like some political manager finally got to her and laid it on the line: It doesn't look good for a Presential aspirant to wage words with an adolescent.
Productive? both parents quit their jobs. what do they produce? controversy and drama, and without those she would be...nothing.
She still doesn't make sense or put together a coherent sentence.
First off, I am no fan of Sarah Palin.This mess with Levi Johnston however, is absolutely ridiculous. The idea that the media, any part of it would give this teenage drop out a forum of any kind to spout his drivel is pathetic. This is a teenager whose only claim to fame is that he got someone pregnant and was used by Sarah Palin and John McCain. He knows nothing about the real world. He should concentrate on getting an education and a job. I'm sure he is receiving some sort of compensation so I wouldn't put it past him to make things up as he goes along. To question a teenager about the Sarah Palin and her relationships is way beyond the pale and totally disrespectful and should not be tolerated by anyone.
This woman thrives on "drama". When things seem quiet, then she starts interjecting her assisine opinions..bingo, there it is, more drams. Brings the spot lite back to her...
So, Sarah Palin says she isn't all about the drama....I disagree. She not only creates drama, but revels in it. It does sell more books after all!!
I have been watching Levi . I think hee needs to shut his mouth. He does not realize what the media is doing to him.
"We're not really into the drama", Says the lady being interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Pit bull with lipstick, hockey mom, crazy maverick, an author ....
How about plain old "twit".
Gag, anyone got some bleach I can drink? Anything than to watch this peabrain, who almost became our VP. What a nightmare.
She's trying to hush Levi because Levi has dirt on her. Don't suck up to him now Sarah.