July 14th, 2010
01:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin family responds to engagement news

The Palin family released a statement Wednesday after Bristol Palin announced her engagement.
The Palin family released a statement Wednesday after Bristol Palin announced her engagement.

(CNN) - Sarah and Todd Palin released this statement Wednesday following the news that their daughter Bristol is now engaged to her on-again, off-again boyfriend Levi Johnston:

"Bristol, at 19, is now a young adult. As parents we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son.

Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.

We pray that, as a couple, Bristol and Levi's relationship matures into one that will allow Tripp to grow up graced with two loving parents in his life."

- The Palin family


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soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    Palin has such a wonderful hands-off parenting style. We should all adopt it.

    July 14, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. GL

    She knew all long just another in the spot light move.

    July 14, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. cf

    Hey Palins, how's that teenagey, pregnant-y thing workin' out fer ya?

    July 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. JD in Moraga, CA

    This is what's known as a "pre-emptive I-told-you-so."

    July 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. key

    baby drama, she has no time to visit the Gulf only make public statements about the people trying to govern. How sad

    July 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    ick....I need a shower after reading that disgusting attempt to portray Bristol as some pure angel who can "forgive" while Levi is the one needing redemption and forgiveness. The idiocy continues with this soap opera trailer trash.....

    July 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Best of luck to the family. If I want to know any more I will buy a People Magazine. I count on CNN for news but that does not seem to be your priority. Now go find something newsworthy.

    July 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Steph

    Not political news, but since you put it up here I'll bite. Ten bucks says the good christian mother and grandmother is cussing a blue streak right about now!

    July 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Linda

    That is a very good statement. and gracious.

    Good luck Palins...and uckm, Levi.

    July 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. GL

    She knew all along because there was a story about Levi truck in front of the Palin house. This is unbelievable she put these kids up to this Publicly stunt to stay in the news. CNN why don’t you tell us about the story about two weeks ago that Levi Truck was spotted at the Palin’s house over night.

    I hope she run and 2012 and every from here will tell us really soon.

    July 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Alex in Wisconsin

    Translation: "what the #*%@ is our daughter thinking? " We both know they will keep those thoughts to themselves, but when things go wrong, the parents will be the first to say "I told you so"

    But thats just the Palin's being your everyday average parents. I'm pretty sure most parents have similar reactions to this type of news, especially when the future son-in-law not only knocked up their daughter, he appeared in Playgirl.

    July 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Patriot

    Ought to be an interesting Christmas.....

    July 14, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Dave in L.A., CA

    Well, when Mommy runs for President, she just can't have her Bristol issue still hanging out there. Levi is getting paid under the table, I'll just bet.

    The only comment that comes to mind is, "Ahahahahahaha hahahahah woooooohahaha hahaha hahahah hahahha. Stop, I can't breathe, ahahahha hahaaaaa ahahahahaha..."

    July 14, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. get real

    Me thinks Thanksgiving dinner in Wasilla will be a wee bit awkward this year!

    July 14, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    Most of you liberals out there will never have the sand
    the Palin family has. That's one of many twisted reasons
    you hate them.

    July 14, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Yup. They aren't happy about that....one bit!

    July 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. fbysea

    Wow.... I'd love to be a fly on the wall at those family gatherings. Put your helmet on, Levi.

    July 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. GL

    We pray that, as a couple, Bristol and Levi's relationship matures into one that will allow Tripp to grow up graced with two loving parents in his life."

    - The Palin family

    This is a Presidential Stunt and nothing else just like her Grissly Ad.

    July 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Debby

    Well they are right she has the right to make up her own mind, but it seems kind of funny since Johnston isn't in the lime light anymore and Sarah is this so called engagement comes out of thin air.

    July 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. doug

    Tripp is already on the DNC list as a racist teabagger who needs to have his rights muzzled.

    Bristol is a beautiful girl, I suppose libs her age would be as beautiful too if they didn't have all that hate in their eyes. LIbs seem to think that they hide their true intentions well, a simple blue vs red comparrison shows that they are completely wrong yet again.

    Then again a Democrat is a being who doesn't think it is hateful when they wish death to all their fellow Americans who don't regurigate the left wing lies as they do.

    July 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. XWngLady

    Translation: "We're pissed. But there's nothing we can do about it... But Levi, if you do anything to hurt our grandson......you'll sleep with the fishes tonight!"

    July 14, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. GL

    Did any boby notice how fat Bristol looks. I bet my last dollar this young lady is having another baby to cover up another baby out of wedlock.

    This family is the no 1 Jerry Springler family.

    July 14, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They need a way to save face since they don't like him since he "knocked up" their daughter and don't want to critize her for making choices to have unprotected sex. They also have to look nice since he tried to appologize to them about the things he said.

    July 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. blindbear

    Jeezus folks. We can't get the Palins to shut up. We can't get them to just go away. We can't make them stay out of our living room TVs.

    Can't we at least get them to stop breeding?

    July 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. June in Chicago

    More "blah, b-blah, b-blah" from the Palin camp. Yea, like we believed the daughter made a statement without clearing it with Mama Grizzlie first. THIS IS NOT NEWS!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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