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. 2 Old 2B Afraid

    Wow. Now I can't wait for Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, the Bush girls, and the Obama girls to write their tell-alls. Oh wait, they aren't media w*hores, greedy, immature, uneducated losers or grifters like the Palins. The previous first daughters have actually grown up to be honest, hard working contributing members of society who pay taxes and obey our laws. None of these ladies have gotten pregnant out of wedlock or had parents who got involved with a secessionist movement. They all graduated from college and have built their own lives. By only learning how to live off others, the Palin kids will never want to work or be able to handle the responsibilities that come with working as a team player. If you don't learn the necessary social skills to work with others by the time you're an adult, you're in trouble. I feel sorry for Bristol, Piper and Willow who only have $arah Palin as an unfortunate role model.

    June 23, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Ken

    Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, The Kardashians, Joe the Plumber, ...anybody got more?

    June 23, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Mike

    I hope the book is better than her dancing.
    As for Skeeve stating the Palins have no hidden agenda. Really? Are you drinking wine coolers?

    June 23, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Sanandra

    GAG me!!! I am SO sick of seeing the Palins faces on CNN every time I turn around. PLEASE, stop the insanity!!!

    June 23, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Berny

    It's amazing but not surprising that the left can think so easily of ways to trash a family they know very little about. You trash this familie's values not knowing what they really are, basing your opinion a a book a 20 year old wrote? Making money from a book even this book is certainly part of our freedoms. Don't like it...don't buy it. How many polititians have done the same thing to garner campeign funds? Obama family holesome..They sure should be, they are on display more than any other family. If any of you felt embarrassed by this publication you need to stop watching TV and especially the news. Your a bit too sheltered. I shudder to thiink but certainly would not be surprised as to the number of 17 year olds that have put themselve's in that same situation. (men and women) A book that made something public which is runniing rampant throughout our society anyway and you lefties trash the Author/Ghost writer for bringing it to the surface. Leftist Hypocracy keeps me leaning right.
    Yes the Obama family is a picture of "wholesomeness" Problem is Dad is a lousey manager. Personnaly I don't care how wholesome he is I am concerned more about what my countrie's financial future is. Why put this much energy into trashing a family that has absolutely nothing to do (yet) with restoring the glory, prosperity and future of our country. Come on Lefties Get a life now. You may not have one if Oabama has his way. Thank God for a two party system and our Country.

    June 23, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Mike

    I'm a life-long republican and a stouch supporter of the Constitution, and the Bible. I once thought that I supported the Palin's because I do support John McCain...but I do not. She is giving all republican's a bad name. Shame on her.

    June 23, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Call me stupid

    Who really cares what Hillbilly Skank has to say. By the looks of her the guy had to be drunk to get her pregnant. Here we have a girl glorifying getting drunk, underage and winding up with a child.
    Great example but then again, when the parent has two brain cells with one on permannt vacation what can one expect.

    June 23, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Alex

    Her mother is so proud that her daughter lied, had unprotected sex, got drunk as a minor and wrote a book to make some coins out of ther families dirty little secrets. JOKE! Palin Family = Failure!

    June 23, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Christine

    I have a hard time believing that Sarah even read the book.

    June 23, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Linda

    Bristol. get a job! Quit trying to make a quick buck off the stupid people that will buy this junk....the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    June 23, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. ClarasBeau

    I suspect that the reason Sarah Palin will continue to get more attention than she deserves is because the re-election of George W proved that enough of the American electorate are more than capable of voting for an idiot. For that reason, we need to keep all of the stupid things she does right out there in the open, as an ongoing reminder that, yes, she's still out there, and still stupid. After all, it's not like this goofball isn't daft enough to "throw her hat in the ring"... and if she does, we'd better try to keep the dim-bulb voters as informed as possible... if that's even possible!

    June 23, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. teepee

    will Palin participate in any debates? or does she think she can skip them and still become president? Does she think she doesn't have to campaign? Does she think she can get on the ticket without it?

    June 23, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. seanmom

    Interesting. CNN feeds its daily Palin addiction, and the Obamabots show up in force to spew vitriol against the putative presidential candidate they most fear. Sarah Palin is not stupid. She is not weak. She is not a bad mother. She is a whip-smart, ordinary American mom who doesn't shrink from the truth of her own life. I would rather have her in office getting things done than the Marxist houseguests we have now. But I'm not too worried about it. The President is too bored to actually follow through on a third term. He'll find a way to back out of the campaign and hand it all over to Hillary. And then we'll see what happens when the American people choose between two women. Patriot, or Marxist? You decide.

    June 23, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. rudeboy

    At least her kid gets to grow up and read all about how he was a product of a drunken, unwanted pregnancy – in detail.

    That won't be too traumatizing.

    June 23, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. maartin snyder

    Does anyone really care what these self-promoting, ignorant, sophomoric, high school thinkers do or blab about???

    June 23, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Martin

    It's all about the money with this family!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. JohnOBX

    What 20 year old (and she was only 19 by the time the final draft was finished) has accomplished enough to warrant writing a biography?

    June 23, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. GoNavy77

    If this book makes the NYT best seller list I'm going to be deeply suspicious.

    June 23, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Sidewinder

    Money grubbing media whores. Stolen virginity my a$$. She probably couldn't wait to get that itch scratched by ole Levi. Hey...maybe Sarah and Bristol can form a mother-daughter hooker team? Coming to truck stop near you! Complimentary signed copies of their books included.

    June 23, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. che-3

    What has Americans become? By following this uneducated, race bite, hate filled, backward, primitive white woman and her daughter as if every American's life depended on this empty cavity white woman. Does America have any BOLD white woman to tell this idiot that she's a disgrace to all white women? Naaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhh, non exists. White women should be thankful for that last place west point cadet aka, John McCain.

    June 23, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. The Watcher

    Mom was being the gov, Bristol was never told about underage drinking, safe sex, or lying. Of course she "lost her viginity" to the hormone raging Levi. Mom certainly knew that drugs, alcohol, and sex were the standard fare for the local teenagers. Good grief she had been the PTA President at one time. Sarah's older son has had his own share pf problems and I can see that the younger daughter Piper is well on her way to becoming a social wreck as well. As for Willow, she's being hid from the public. It's likely she has an urge for wine coolers and tentcapades too. The only kid that stands a chance is her youngest since he won't have the same potential for failure as the others have.

    June 23, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. cobra

    WOW, the stupid disease has hit the libs again, well they have never recovered in the first place.

    June 23, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Sheri

    Enough of a no talent who absolutely like her mother loves the limelight. WHO CARES!!! I live in Alaska and most Alaskans are sick of them both. Stop reporting on both and they will go away. Anyone who would buy Bristol's book is nuts. Ignore the trailer trash = all they want is the money.

    June 23, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. amwa

    Like anyone cares about this trashy family airing their dirty laundry, keep it to yourselves, too bad there is nothing worthwhile about this family that anyone would want to read about. What a failure palin is and she wants to broadcast it like she has done something worth while. UGH

    June 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. David

    A Tent, A Promise Ring, and Boone's Farm: The Bristol Palin Story...coming to Lifetime Network....

    June 23, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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