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. Robert

    Translated: Her choice not ours.

    July 14, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Jane

    Well, I think Sarah and Todd had this coming. They shouldn't try to control Bristol. Let her think for herself. She probably never has in her entire life, and she's making a decision for the first time. It's her's and she has a right to it. So leave her be. Stop trying to tell your children what to do. THAT'S NOT AMERICAN SARAH. You should know better.

    July 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. june

    What she really meant to say is "i hate that little piece of poop,it won't last,i blame obama!!"

    July 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. jim armstrong

    Levi knows what side of the bread the butter is on. His attorney says the boy is part of the "Team Levi" and theres' money to be made on the speaking circuit.(lil bristol boobs will make a bundle furthering the cause of out of wedlock child conceiving, bearing, and delivering, leave the parenting out of it) Also Sarah KNOWS her disfunctional family will cost her votes someday, so she's trying desperatly to fix things to APPEAR non-dysfunctional. They are the typical politcal based family.

    July 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Who cares? oopsmay be the tin foiled hat group popularly known as the tea baggers!!

    July 14, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. b. o. stinks

    what the hell has this got to do with politics>?????? cnn is becoming a trash rag under the guise of a news outlet

    July 14, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. JJ Johnson

    I hope and pray that both Sarah and Todd find a way to talk to their daughter. Although she may be a young adult, she will always be their daughter, and the media is definitely not a way to resolve things between family.

    God Bless!

    July 14, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Chris

    Wow no "we are so happy", or "we fully support". It reads like "Bristol you're 19, if you screw up don't blame me."

    July 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Sounds like they are thrilled. Basically, Sarah said, because we know Todd doesn't, that Bristol made her bed, now she can sleep in it.

    July 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Doug

    So how much is Levi getting paid?

    July 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. SkiDoc

    Absolutely quality statement by a very classy leader.

    July 14, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. IVY

    Way to step up Mom, we cant choose our childrens partners but the high road will keep you closer to your daughter, grandson, and hopefully someday to your new son-in-law. She will respect you more if and when things dont work out.

    July 14, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. keakins

    Sounds like a slam. Not much support or belief in her daughter or thier attempts to work things out and keep the family together. Sounds like Sarah might be holding a grudge and thinks Levi isn't good enough to be a part of that family. If it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't. God Bless them both for trying and good luck.

    July 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Bob in Kansas City

    The world cares because? The Palin's are as dysfunctional as they are irrelevant!

    July 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Judy Dell

    I think Sara Palin's response is a very gracious one and that makes a lot of sense!

    July 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. BDA

    Is there no end to the lunacy of this hillbilly family? When will the inevitable announcement come that the "engagement" is off - with Sarah trumpeting it as a "positive" sign of the sweet young couple's ongoing maturation process and exercise of their free wills. All with God's blessing, of course. The hell with what's good for Little Tripp.

    Incredible how the Tea Party bemoans the broken, dysfunctional inner-city families they loath, while heralding as their ideal family unit the most dysfunctional one of all.

    July 14, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Pat

    The Palin's are hoping this will shut him up...

    July 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Geoz

    What a loving comment... except that Levi isn't mentioned in it.
    "two loving parents" for Tripp.... no matter who they are eh Sarah?

    July 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. WhatIsTheDifference

    For someone, when campaigning for Vice President, that complained about her family being covered in the evil, left wing press, she sure didn't wait to go public about her daughter and grandchild. When Bristol was a single parent she was pretty much off the radar when Ms. Palin was stumping for Tea Party and Republican candidates. Now that she appears to be towing the line when it comes to the family values thingy all is good in the world according to Palin.

    July 14, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Darlene

    Don't sound real happy about it.

    July 14, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. bcnu_too

    What a bunch of self-serving phonies. You know Sarah Palin does not genuinely mean one word of what she says. This is not political news and with all the problems in this world I would think CNN could find something more meaningful to put on the Ticker.

    July 14, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. joe m

    for the kid's sake i trully hope the father turns out not to be the shmuck that he's been acting like. at the end of the day, this is bristol's decision. the rest of us can only wish the best for her and her child.

    July 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. MR

    Would love to see Bristol come out with all her news at once:

    "Mom, a few things to tell ya:

    Levi and I are engaged. We're both atheists. And, I'm gonna intern for Barack while Levi interns for Harry starting in October."

    July 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Independent In NY

    Honestly I'm not a fan of hers, but that was quite well said

    July 14, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Dean

    Nice comment!..............................Hey left wingers, pile the hate on a family trying to make the best of what at times has been a bad situation.

    July 14, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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