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. Momma Bear is pissed

    That's enough to make Sarah choke on a teabag!

    July 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. John in Dayton

    So.... do the Palins accept the apology that Levi recently issued to the media? Do they accept him into their family? Judging by the words used in their statement, I don't think so.

    July 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Seth Burnham

    This family is just too gross for words.

    July 14, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. ex Republican

    Palins,
    Come on, who wrote this statement for ya. Far too intelligent for these guys. The right wing nuts are making these folks into millionaires, what a bunch of farces. I hope this family will just shut up and go back to Alaska. Bristol, your mom is already spewing enough lies. Who cares about you and your porn star boyfriend.

    July 14, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Deb n Texas

    WHo gives a hoot about Sarah Palin's family issues. You all are giving all of this attention to some who probably can't spell MARRIAGE.
    I just can't understand how empty heads get all of the attention these days.

    July 14, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Nathan

    If you think that Sarah Palin didn't orchestrate this marriage preparing for her presdential run in 2012 then I have an oil well to sell you in the gulf. This woman will pimp everyone in her sphere of influence to get to her goals. She proved in 2008 that she is not above using her daughter if it will further her aspirations. If we want trash in the White House then vote for Palin.

    July 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Jeff

    You betcha you better pray.

    July 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Chris

    What a strange family. The adult daughter makes a personal announcement to her parents through a magazine interview, and the mother and father respond tersely through a press agent. Dysfunction junction. Not something to aspire to, folks.

    July 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Duane in Fremont

    That's a polite way of saying, "We think she's screwing up her life and we strongly disapprove and tried to change her mind and got into a big argument about it, but she's an adult and we can't control her anymore. It is her life and we love her and wish her well although we feel this is doomed – good luck and love you."

    July 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Mags

    Engaged???? They already have a child, why don't they just
    get married and make it legitimate? I'm sure they are waiting
    to get $$ for interviews just like Mama Palin She deserted her
    constituents when she left the governorship so she could make
    a million dollars whenever she opened her mouth Whatever
    happened to setting an example for ones children?

    July 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Diane

    It would be interesting to have someone from "Lie to Me" check out the photo for the real reaction.

    July 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Brent

    I think her comments distance herself from her daughters decision, we want what is best for our children....but, this mess is her own doing. thanks mom

    July 14, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Nate

    Is this really news? How is this any different from ‘look what Britney did’ or ‘guess whose gay?’ I mean how many people really care about this? In summation: it doesn’t matter if the father is in the child’s life; the kid has Sara Palin as a grandmother, he’s screwed

    July 14, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. AZ Democratic

    Why is this on the political page not the entertainment page? Is this really important to the American people?

    July 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Liberal4Obama

    Palin told Oprah Levi was more interested in being a p0rn star and that he was exploiting his relationship with Bristol and the baby for celebrity purposes.

    PALIN = HYPOCRITE

    July 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Patriot

    Isn't this wonderful news?? Sure made my day!

    July 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Interested Parent

    There's something fundamentally broken when parents send out press releases on their kids. And of course, for bonus points, Mom and Dad here don't bother to offer up even the standard "we love and support our daughter" stuff. Wow

    July 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. NJ Mom

    In other words, they are just a little peeved. Guess Sarah could not control this one. Hope these two move away from Alaska and the toxic reach of Sarah.

    July 14, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. jost

    So Sarah/Todd are still clueless about what's going on in their children's lives.You'd think after having one daughter get knocked up, they'd pay more attention. Who's raising these kids? she's on the road all the time, and strangely Todd is always with her, not home with the kids.

    July 14, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Todd

    Spoken like truly loving parents. Best wishes!

    July 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. CB83

    Unwed teenage daughter and bastard child to reunite with Playgirl posing dad.

    Nice work pushing those good-old Alaskan family values at home.

    Your own family isn't even buying the crap you're selling.

    July 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. wimsy

    I look forward to Bristol and Levi giving little Tripp a little brother, Nozzle.

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

    Good for her. I would feel the same way if it were my daughter and its nice to see she respects the fact that if her daughter is old enough to be a mother, than she is old enough to make a decision like this.

    Hey Palin haters.... your the sorriest bunch of freaks the world has ever seen. Your fear and hatred of her only makes her stronger.

    Us Neo-Cons are loving it....

    July 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. jeff

    Hm. Levi abruptly apologizes for not being truthful about Sarah, then wow, gee, the kids make up and he's back in the fold? Wonder how much of Sarah's appearance/book money bought the kid off?

    July 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Chris

    He's no fool. He knew his 15 seconds of fame ended, and hers still has about 10 seconds of life left.

    July 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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