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. Ferret out the BS

    What a backhanded welcome. Why say so much when the family could've just said "welcome and may the force be with you" or "live long and prosper". Too much bs!!

    July 14, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Levi is apparently a smart boy.

    He saw the Palin Family Gravy Train, and decided to punch his ticket.

    July 14, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Cindy Roberson

    Very well said! It takes a big person to wish the young couple the best after the nasty words that have been said. Sarah and Todd have a genuine love for their daughter and grandson. In my book that makes them the type of people we all need to be more like. Thanks Sarah for your example.

    July 14, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Tom

    Wonder how much Palin paid Levi to legitimize the bastard child so she would have a cleaner slate so she could pass moral judgement on others.

    Sarah who?

    July 14, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Chrissy

    Ugh. Although a registered republican I am absolutely not a Sarah Palin supporter, but as a parent of two adult children I certainly empathize with her and Todd, and hope the very best for their grandchild.

    July 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. phil in texas

    Sit down and shut up you dumb MOMMA GRIZZLY!!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. troyo33

    UGGGGGGGGH. GO AWAY! Please don't publicize every time a 19 year old girl breaks up and reunites with her boyfriend. Especially these two.

    July 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Paul

    As parents, you react well. I disagree with your politics, hate messages and Palintology (science of ignorance) but I commend you for wearing the hat of parents who did throw their kids out there in mercy of Republicants who love to divorce their wives every second... hypocrits and .... (Hoops do you know who is real Mrs. Gringrich or Mrs. Guiliani). Mrs. Palin, stay away from hate messages, show us the good side of a loving mother, and help your daughter and son-in-law to be, to grow and raise their lovely boy. You all have been used and you couln't handle the camera... now these two young boy and girl have shown you their maturity. They know that their son will need both of them.. PEace

    July 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. ramtruck2500

    I know some peole are fascinated by the palins I am not. Todays lack of news and available feedback is like reading AOL. One thing i noticed on here today is the only feedback allowed were on articles about the democrats? Whay not also on the republicans? gee go figure even on the Newt junk. This paling staging for 2012 is not news at all.

    July 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Miss Me

    Fake, fake, fake – this whole laughable story is a sham. Anyone who buys this garbage is worse than naive.

    July 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. aubrie

    Mmm... statement sounded a bit canned to me. Maybe not so overjoyed??? I wondering why the rush at this point? They want to be married in 6 weeks??? Is there a REAL reason we don't know about yet?

    July 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. GLO

    This is probably the most intelligent thing Sarah Palin has ever said. She must have worked hard on that statement. She kept her innate viciousness in check, supported her daughter to a certain degree, and said something that won't alienate those of her fans who believe that the young couple should get married and make a home for their child. Levi is one brave kid. And it looks like he is in the drivers seat again.

    July 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. David Scott

    More tripe for the masses to ingest. The saga of SARAH, the lying, bigoted moron from Alaska and her daughter who has NO acting chops whatsoever. What a bunch of air heads. Typical rip-publicans.

    July 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. SUCKERED IN BY PALINS/LEVI

    The Palin family along with Levi suckered all of us into there tabloid drama and will make a lot of money by doing so. Sara making a lot of money off the backs of the people who are stupid enough to believe is her BS, Levi made a lot of money as well with his statments about the Palins and posing for magazines. And now Bristol a spokesperson for some circuit about parenting/teen pregnancy. PEOPLE CANT YOU SEE THEY ALL DOOPED US AND EARNING BIG BUCKS

    July 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Laura, Massachusetts

    Say what you may about the Palin family, that was very nicely put by Sarah Palin. It is not easy to forgive and forget all the hurtful things Levi sprouted in trying to get his 15 minutes of fame.

    I hope for the sake of the child, they truly do put away the hurtful sayings and act like parents.

    July 14, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Michael

    These are a bunch of Hypocrites. They preach something and practice something. Nothing against Bristol getting engaged again to the same person, but the way they destroy someone.

    July 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Ben in Texas

    Day after day, month after month, the Palins stay at the top of the political ticker, despite all calls from CNN readers to ignore them. Why not rename the ticker "As the Stomach Turns"?

    July 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. janetlaw

    Poor Kathy Griffin – she has been jilted again!
    I smell blackmail....

    July 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. JOEM

    Another baby with a racist grandmother has entered the human race...

    July 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. LoveSolidad

    "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."

    "But" It can be a very big word sometimes. Obviously, they differ in what they think is best for her. Either way – I hope it works out for the couple and their child. They were thrown into a situation (the campaign) that was a very poor decision by the grandmother of this child.

    July 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. elana

    how pregnant is she?

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Larry

    This doesn't belong in the political ticker.

    I'm sure "Dear Abby" would love it though.

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. InlandEmperor

    ...and she wants someone to believe that she can lead a countrty?

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Mary

    I gotta say...I'm not a big Sarah Palin fan, but this is one classy comment by the Palins (I mean this sincerely). Given all that has happened, I'm sure that the Palins are not too happy. They have shown true grace and loyalty here. Well done.

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Dennis

    You can put lipstick on a pig...

    July 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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