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. R

    Creepy is the only word I can think of.

    July 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Lee, Mays Landing, NJ

    Sarah is the perfect republican candidate... And once she moves into the white house, we can drop a few double wide trailers onto the lawn to house her growing brood.

    They can all be home schooled, so that they can grow up to be good republicans. Jerry Springer will be the white house press secretary.

    July 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Darrel from Denver

    A non-committal, non-supporting supportive statement from the Queen herself. What a shock.

    Leaves is wide open for 'I told you so' should it fail. Let's hope they have a long and happy marriage and can get the Queen to eat her sentiments and choke on them.

    July 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. rob, austin tx

    I'm no fan of Sarah Palin but kind of pleased she said her daughter is an adult and makes her own choices for her and the baby. Pressures of being young teens with a child could have harmed the relationship the two kids had. The national spot light from her mom to the simple fact of being with child could have proved too much for them. Perhaps there is something stronger for these two and hopefully the media could let them discover it with as little interruption as possible. But that would never happen.

    July 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. As parents we obviously want what is best for our children

    oh my goodness, that is the only adult thing Palin has ever said,

    I just fell out of my chair

    July 14, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Sick of CNN!!!

    there has GOT to be another news organization that can report REAL NEWS...CNN along with it's sister Fox are just repulsive! get off this woman's nuts! we don't care about her or you! i'm changing my interests to MSNBC!

    July 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Gale

    Bet all you Palin haters have your fingers sharpened. What ever happened to "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?"

    July 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. New Yorker

    What trashy people .

    Won't be surprised if we end up blessed with another classy reality show.

    Oh my bad...it's best for the child (end sarcasm)

    July 14, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Senator

    Bristol and Levi are not running for anything, this shouldnt even have been on here.

    July 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Joe

    wow .. way to support her kids.

    Too bad she couldn't just be honest instead of making us read between the lines (which is painfuly obvious)

    July 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. LUCY

    What was written on Palin's Hand ? - QUIT

    What can Palin see from her backyard? - RUSSIA

    What did Palin approve as Alaska Governor? - HELICOPTER WOLF HUNTING

    What will Palin approve if she was the US President? - F-16 WOLF HUNTING

    What is Palin's book titled as? - GOING ROUGE: AN AMERICAN LIFE

    What is Ronald Reagan's autobiography titled as? - AN AMERICAN LIFE

    Why did Palin steal the title of her book from Ronald Reagan? -BECAUSE, SHE THOUGHT BY PORTRAYING THAT SHE BELONGS TO REAGAN'S CLAN, SHE WILL GET MORE VOTES.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha :P :)

    July 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    No one cares about your moronic family Silly Sarah. Poor Tripp has an idiot of a grandmother.

    July 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Mark

    Its high time he made an honest woman of Bristol and what a wonderful springboard for Sarah's next Presidential run. No shotgun wedding here. I guess this sweeps the statuatory rape issues under the carpet.

    July 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. MrPragmatic

    There are screwed up families all over this great country. We do we keep hearing about this one? This is not news, people. Two hillbilly kids with an illegitimate child is NOT a news story.

    July 14, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Nathaniel

    Well written!

    July 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. AnProf

    Very gracious response from Sarah and Todd.
    Their daughter Bristol seems to have followed her heart, and maybe not her head, but with prayer and hard work this relationship may give the child a loving and stable two-parent family, the best home for a child.

    July 14, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. penny

    Levi hasn't found work or doesn't want to work so he's jumping on the palin family gravy train. i'll bet she's pregnant by him again. Why the rush to get married in 6 weeks? Still not practicing abstinence I'll bet.

    July 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. RCANSON

    Why are you guys reporting this as political news? Keep this kind of rag-paper reporting going and you will loose all crediability.

    July 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. John

    Ouch! That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. "We want what's best for our childred, BUT"?

    July 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Laverne

    This is sooo staged! There is no way Sarah did not know about this ahead of time. It is obvious she calls herself setting things up to run for POTUS, what a waste of time, she will never win!

    July 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Peter

    YUCK!!! who cares.....its a private matter...the spotlight grabbing family sickens me!!! with two wars, economy and oil spill and i care about anything to do with this LOSER family??? she didnt care about the people od alaska when she quit her job mid-term why should we give a hoot now???

    July 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Esme

    HA! Brilliant public relation stunt! I don't care who orchestrated it, but brilliant it is. You say no? Consider this:

    Palin's meet with Levin (which is made known to public).

    1) Last week we get a public apology by Levi to Palins

    2) Today daughter Bristol Palin and Levi announce on front page of magazine that they are engaged to be married – they believe in abstinence (after they have had sex producing a child in this world that is), and will live separately till they marry (in six weeks or so)). It is stressed that mother Sarah Palin knows nothing!

    3) Sarah Palin and husband announce publicly their (mature) support of their daughter and her family. That 'acceptance' is public is a given – cause they did not know, remember!

    And now we can all be going...

    "Wow, the Palin family led by Mother Sarah is so forgiving (after publicly having heavily (distastefully) bashed a young man who is the father of their grand child)"

    "And wow, "the kids" learned their lesson, now they are abstinent and becoming a proper family"

    And wow, all of that just clears up the biggest mess in Sarah Palin's pursuit of the highest office of this country. Goodness forbid it ever happens.

    Can't wait to see how they resolve that she did not manage to sit out her commitment to serve the Alaskan people! Stay tuned! Yuk!

    July 14, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. lstro

    The actions of Bristol speaks volumns of just how much trust she has in her own family. Can't say that I blame her for not wanting to deal with the biggest hypocrate this country has seen. SP has been successful in fooling many but, I am happy to say I am not one of them.

    July 14, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Sandy

    Just wondering what the "real" comments were!

    July 14, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. dave

    i would not be surprised if she has that inbred Eskimo hit

    July 14, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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