January 1st, 2009
09:48 AM ET
14 years ago

People.com: Bristol and Levi 'Working Their Butts Off,' says Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/30/art.palin30.gi.jpg caption="Bristol Palin with Levi Johnston, mother Sarah Palin and brother Trig at the GOP convention."] Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hasn't yet said anything publicly about her 4-day-old grandson, Tripp, but she does want people to know that Tripp's parents – her eldest daughter Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston – are hard at work and keeping up with school.

"You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time," Palin told PEOPLE in a phone message Wednesday. "They are certainly not high school dropouts."

The former vice presidential candidate said she wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because any suggestion otherwise "harms Bristol's reputation and Levi's reputation and their chances for good work opportunities."

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  1. woodwoman

    Three points:
    1) Hey Sarah! How's that abstinence-only curriculum workin' for ya?

    2) It is a total fallacy to believe that these kids will have to "work their butts off" because Granny/Gov Sarah is there to support them. She gets paid plenty any you betcha she's not going to make her daughter find a cheap apartment and go on food stamps.

    3) It does a great disservice to all those teenage moms and dads to watch how Bristol and Levi "succeed." Their success will be built on Granny Sarah's generous support. I'd venture to say that 90% of the teenage moms out there don't have a support system like Bristol and Levi do. Let's focus on the real challenges that real teen parents face and not on the trumped up difficulties of these two kids.

    January 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. marys

    Even if they did drop out of school. What business is it of anybodys?

    January 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Loren

    FirstI would like to offer my congratulations to Bristol and Levi and the Palin and johnston familys .A new baby is always special.
    I read these hateful comments against Sarah Palin and figure that you people must be very afraid that this very bright and very real young woman will run in 2012. I think she is a rock star and a power to be reckoned with. She is a sitting govenor with a 80% approval rating. She must be doing something right up there in Alaska.She recently put a huge pileline deal together and I would think that shows some huge executive experience . Rather than trying to tear her and her family down I think you people should rally behind ths fantastic dynamic woman and your country will be better off for it .
    Go Sarah !!!!!!!!

    January 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Joyce Becker

    Sarah Palin is only trying to prove she is a good mother, if she was she should have been home with Bristol throughout her pregnancy and made sure she was in school instead of going all over the country stumping for VP and dragging her whole family along with her, she didn't seem to worry about their schooling then. If she was my child I wouldn't have her work now, I would help take care of the baby until Bristol graduated High School. A GED is certainly not the same as a diploma. As for Levi, his mother should have also made sure he finished HS first. At 18 they are not old enough to carry the whole responsibity of parenthood, working and trying to get their education. Sarah has her other baby Trig, who needs a lot of special care and a new baby wouldn't have been too much of a burden on her She should forget her ambitions of going any place politically until her babies and children can fend for themselves, they need her as a mother more han the country needs her as a senator or heavens forbid a president..

    January 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. BMS in NC

    "....because any suggestion otherwise harms Sarah Palin's own reputation and her self-deluded chances for another opportunity at a national political future."

    There, CNN, I fixed the last sentenece in your article. You don't have to thank me.

    God bless the innocent new little life; god help the parents; and god please send Grandma Sarah far, far, far away from the rest of us forever. Amen

    January 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. K

    Since her family matters are not "official state business or concerns", why is she even commenting on her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend? Palin could save herself some grief and heartache by ignoring others' comments and refrain from making statements that open her up to ridicule and censure. Palin: Just be quiet!

    January 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Randy

    She's a nobody she needs to just go away.

    January 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Vi

    Really...you people are actually quoting the bible and blaming the media and calling the child a bastard....how sweet. Doesn't anybody take responsibility for their actions these days? While I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, I do wish her and her family a Happy New Year, and congratulations on the new edition to the family.

    January 1, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Jeanne Bean

    In high school, you get a degree, NOT a diploma, dear Sarah. Thanx for reminding me about how stuuuuupid you are. Duh!

    January 1, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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