July 14th, 2010
01:38 PM ET
8 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. JMikey54

    OMG what a drama. I wonder if she is pregnant again?

    July 14, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    Hence the fake apology from Levi.

    Yeahhh...he made it all up. LOL

    July 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Proud member of Global Zero

    I hope they make a good family for their son. It is great to see them trying. Just remember two things: remember that Trig comes first and most important, keep the grandmother away from them and they will be just fine.

    July 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Redemption and forgiveness? Who is she God?
    This was not a fall from grace, it was two kids that got in trouble and then caught up in the spotlight.
    The one that deserves kuddos here is Levi for being willing to love his former girlfreind and care for his child despite his in-laws.

    July 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. beth

    If anyone believes any of this they are as DUMB as the Palins. This is a convenient 'engagement' taking place just before mid term elections. Sarah dear can go on about her wonderful family values until after the November elections. I think it's also a way that by Todd and Sarah 'welcoming' Levi as a future son-in-law, they will ensure that he doesn't tell any more tales out of school. This family is pathetic. They are lying, coniving, WHITE TRASH. I would only hope that someone could offer someone, who really knows them, enough money to come clean about them.

    July 14, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Gethen

    Now there's a resounding endorsement.

    July 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. elizabeth

    Maybe just a bit frosty????

    July 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Does anyone believe that she wrote either this or that long drawn out statement about the NAACP. Absolutely NOT! I hope no one is that blind to believe she did.

    July 14, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. So you still want to drill?

    Yeah! You're such wonderful, concerned parents that your teenage daughter was in bed with another dropout teen in your house and had a illigitimate child. Stop with the pretenses and don't make them get married only to divorce when you discover that the majority of American's will never vote for you for President.

    July 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Former Texas republican

    Oh goody, now we can all start breathing again.

    July 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. markus

    oh thank goodness...I waited anxiously to hear what SARAH would say.


    i hate this- this woman burps and the MSM feels compelled to report it.
    I've never seen a former UNSUCCESSFUL VP candidate get so much coverage. I'd rather hear what Geraldine Ferraro is up to, and I'm not a fan of hers, either...

    July 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. EPS

    Why should anyone care?

    July 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Mr. non-quitter

    How about a boquet of condoms for the happy couple?

    July 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. scott

    In other words, "Todd and I are obviously crappy parents whose 14 year old daughter was having sex under our roof. We were woefully out of touch with our children and are now woried they will be an albatros around our political necks. Please allow us to distance ourselves from our kids and yet try to score political points with the birthers. Thanks you and feel free to send us more of your money.
    Sarah and who's his face Palin.

    July 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. ST

    Why can't they talk to their daughter directly, instead of making it official and let everyone know. Is this not many have been saying that the Palins want to be in the spotlight all the time!

    July 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Wayne H.

    This DOES prove that Life can indeed be like a Fellini film...or a Dukes of Hazzard episode.

    July 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Charles

    Ill concieved plan. I sincerely hope that if Levi and Bristol are honest with each other, they may have a chance at happiness. I believe that too much mudslinging has occurred for their chance at that. Not from Bristol, but from Levi and Sarah. I feel that if they marry, it will end in divorce or Sarah will accidently (?) pull a Dick Cheney and shoot Levi.

    July 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Bubba

    Not exactly an enthusiastic endorsement, which puts me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Sarah Palin: that boy is a loser and shouldn't be married to anyone. Sounds as if Baby #2 might be on the way already, since they are living together.

    July 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. pockets

    Its good to know that sarah was finally told after everyone else was first. Bristol and Levi are just two very very young kids who were caught up in sarah's plan to rule the planet but it went terrribly wrong. Now she is a shill for anyone wanting to spend a buck on her. She would appear at the opening of an envelope if she was paid.
    I hope that Bristol and Levi have about 14 or 15 kids and have their own reality show and make a fortune like grandma is doing.

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Patsy, Texas

    That is about as stiff and cold a "response" I have ever heard from
    parents of a daughter who is reconciling with the father of her child.
    No glee, happiness, or warmth. Her daughter actually said that
    "it is intimidating and scary just to think about what her (mother's)
    reaction would be". Now we know, and it "ain't" pretty. Good luck
    to Bristol, Levi, and Tripp. Two words of advice: Leave Alasaka!

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. jdog

    Maybe Levi will be such a strong role model that the kid will grow up to also pose in playgirl and they can put a family spread on – oh what family values this little guy will have – low sel-esteem – over exposure looking for easy money (low self-esteem) and a strong leaning towards extreme gun play with the lose of 'beautiful' animal life. Recipe for complete disaster. CAN SOMEONE STEP IN AND CONTROL THIS MESS PLEASE – any democrate will do 🙂

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. wert

    Why is this even news?

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Andy

    I just have three words for the Palin's response.......WHAT A CROCK !

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Ted Sheedy

    oh brother, who freakin' cares. The whole lot of them are below-average hypocrits who are riding on the backs of the stupid americans who support them.

    July 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Brian

    I wish them best of luck as a yourng attractive couple. Now only for them to stay out of the news...uggh.

    July 14, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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