Sarah Palin calls Bristol's tell-all 'shocking', 'inspiring'
June 22nd, 2011
08:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Sarah Palin calls Bristol's tell-all 'shocking', 'inspiring'

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had plenty to tweet about Wednesday regarding the book, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far," by her oldest daughter, Bristol Palin.

Palin praised the memoir, which released Tuesday, as "Shocking; Refreshing; Honest; INSPIRING! Perfect," and said it "gives insight into how media can drive false narrative."

In the book, Bristol writes about lying to her parents so she can go on a camping trip with friends–a night that ended with the teenager losing her virginity to her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, while getting drunk off wine coolers.

Later, Bristol walks readers through her unwanted pregnancy with Johnston, revealing details on their shaky relationship over the years.

Bristol also writes about her mother's political career and includes sections on the 2008 presidential race when Palin campaigned as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Palin, author of books, herself, wrote on Twitter that her daughter's memoir was "Spot on!" and complimented Bristol for opening up about her private life: "She's courageous to write what she wrote, warning about decisions/consequences in encouraging way, esp for teens!"

The proud mom then posted a photo of the book.

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Armando

    Mama Grizzly needs to keep better track of her cubs. Sarah just found out about her daughter getting drunk and losing her virginity?

    June 23, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. mgc florida

    Yea right, " I was drunk off wine coolers and don't remember having sex".....sure Bristol, not your fault you passed out from wine coolers, lets see they have about 8% alcohol so what did you drink a case to get drunk?? Sounds like playing the victim card to me instead of taking responsiblity for CHOOSING to have sex. Just like her mother, its always someone elses fault.

    June 23, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Norm

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it.
    Especially the rotten ones.
    Oh did ya hear Sarah QUIT here bus tour half way through?
    No surprise there.
    ADD much?

    June 23, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. HIghest_bidder

    Sarah was likely shocked that her daughter gave herself away as a young teen without first seeking an agent to create a realtiy show about the event.

    June 23, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Lindsey

    Good lord. The Palin family needs to go back to Alaska, curl up in igloo, and never come out. NO ONE CARES. I do find it intresting though that stupid Sarah says that the book is inspiring. The whole point is "Sooo yeah, I like lied to my parents and like went on this camping trip and like got drunk! And then I like got knocked up by like my boyfriend!" Yep, cause that's certainly inspiring right there.

    June 23, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Billy, NYC

    Like mother like daughter. Both are money hunger hogs that will do anything to squeeze some $$ from dump people who believe they care about others. They ONLY care about themselves. The PALINs are no role models for women of this country. Someone please tell them to shut up.

    June 23, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. The Jackdaw

    Sarah. The future of our nation. The reason for its decline.

    June 23, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. John

    get a life, sarah palin. Please leave us alone. Signed, America

    June 23, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Frank Berger

    You title is misleading. In fact, it "Drives a false narrative," at Sarah Palin would say. It's clear that Sarah was saying readers would be shocked by the book, not that *she* was shocked. The title suggests a negative reaction on Sarah's part, which is clearly not the case.

    June 23, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. StarShooter

    First: I like Sarah. She is the Queen/King maker in politics. She leads the Lame Stream Media and the Liberal/Lefty/Socialist/Dem party around with a gold ring in the short hairs.

    June 23, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. midwest

    Is anyone really going to spend money to read the "memoirs" of a 20 year-old? Had she done something to change the world for the better; or had she witnessed and survived genocide in Africa, there might be something worth reading. Details of her "deflowering" or time on DWTS might make for interesting "girl-talk," but a memoir? Spare us.

    June 23, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Kahuna

    Wow, SP never misses a chance to blame the MSM. Of course, it's the MSM fault that her daughter is where she is? NOT.

    How is this book about a 17 yo who drinks too much and gets pregnant, Inspiring? give me a break.

    June 23, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Dave

    We are truly in an age where people are famous for no reason. Bristol Palin has never done anything but self-promote. She's famous not for anything she's actually accomplished, but just because her name is "Palin." And Sarah Palin hasn't really done much of anything, either, except be famous. They're Zsa Zsa Gabor all over again.

    June 23, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. mdlg2009

    What a proud mom! Her 17 year old daughter got knocked up, and she wrote a book about her losing her virginity and having a baby out of wedlock. All moms should be proud of their 17 year old daughters who did that. Sarah Palin and her daughter think they are role models for young women in America, they should take a look at themselves in the mirror, they are no good for this country, The daughter is a spoke person advocating abstinence among teens who have had a baby at the age of seventeen.. And the mom is running around the country trying to get the media attention and then blasting the media for chasing her around the country. This woman will never run for President and will never be the President of this great country. We all need to forget about the Palin family and their drama stories and concentrate on getting this country back on track. President Obama and John Boehner WHERE ARE THE JOBS???

    June 23, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Jeff

    I admit I'm not the brightest bulb in the box. And I haven't (and won't) read the book... who the heck would? Sarah Palin is saying the book is spot on? Her daughter got pregnant, they dragged that boy, the father (Levi) out there on stage. How does she even have a public career now?

    June 23, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The reasons that Sarah isn't critizing her daughter is that: she might be accepting of underage consumption of alcohol; she really doesn't know how to be a parent; she wants to encourage books sales which means she can't say her daughter was stupid for drinking and taking birth control. Well, those are just some of the possible reasons. I can't say that I would buy the book or that this female really had "her virginity stolen." Why didn't she claim it was rape if she didn't concent to sex?

    June 23, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Like Mother, Like Daughter.

    June 23, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Bill

    What does this teach our kids? It teaches them it is OK to become an out of wedlock teenage mother, go on Dancing with the Stars, make money with personal appearances and write a book if you have a famous parent. If your parent is influential, you get a free pass. This whole thing disgusts me.

    June 23, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. stevetall

    These women are pods. Empty except for their patriotic, pseudo-religious, money-grubbing greed. It's an American Dream, but it's the wrong American Dream. They have no honor and they just don't get it. Never will. Are they the next Britney Speers and Lindsay Lohan?

    June 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Sgt Joe

    Way to teach that girl abstinence, Sarah! She was on the pill for what reason exactly? What a bunch of hypocritical idiots and the real fools are the people who'd pay good money for this trash. Poor role models for teens, both mother and daughter alike.

    June 23, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Dean

    I wonder why the left has such a fascination with the Palins. I figure either envy or fear.

    June 23, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. informed voter

    I am the mother of a 21 year old and 16 year old daughters. I know how hard it is to control their behavior. They learn by example. It is clear that the Palin's hypocrisy of promoting abstinence only for every one else but themselves has been passed down to their pathetic children. My daughters have learned the value of an education and an open mind. The Palins have taught their children how to pimp themselves out to the highest bidder, how to blame everyone else for your failures, and how to pull the wool over the eyes of the ignorant and misguided. Nothing that I would be proud of.

    June 23, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. LovesIrony

    Shocking? I am not at all shocked by the refusal to accept any responsibility for her actions.

    June 23, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Marie MD

    The whole freaking family is dysfunctional. Seventeen year old daughter gets drunk on wine coolers, yeah, right. she was ready because she confesses that she was using some sort of birth control. Porker/kardashian wannabe, you were not raped. You probably enjoyed every second of it and you, like your backwards mother, lie about everythig.
    You then blackmail your boyfriend so that he buys you thigns. In my book you are a whore because they also get money for sleeping around. Every faily has a black sheep in it but it seems that everyone from the father on down has a problem in this family of grifters.
    BTW – the she devil traitor stopped her bus tour (at the expense of the idiots, including the media, who continue to follow her) because she supposedly was called to jury duty. I want to tell everyone, because just like her conitnued ad nauseum life story who cares, that I was also called to jury duty back in 2001 but I wasn't chosen to serve.

    June 23, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Jacob

    This mother and daughter is America. What a sight for sore eyes.

    June 23, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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