January 7th, 2009
09:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin blasts press reports on Johnston job

Johnston and Palin have plans to marry.

Johnston and Palin have plans to marry.

(CNN) - Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild Tripp and fiance of daughter Bristol, quit his job earlier this week after reports that his lack of a high school diploma made him ineligible for the apprentice position he'd held since fall.

Johnston's father Keith told the Anchorage Daily News that his son felt the move was "the best thing to do to kind of calm the waters, so to speak," and that his son's missing educational qualification was "just something that slipped through the cracks."

"You guys are watching him so tightly," Johnston told the paper. "He's being treated different than an average 18-year-old kid. He has to do everything by the book now."

Palin herself called the report a "a political potshot taken at me," that could "destroy a young man's opportunity for work."

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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. SW

    I think it's really sad that they would spoon feed a young man who should be school. If he can't complete high school then not only is his future tougher but so is his child. If his parents were real parents they would grab him by his collar and walk right through the door of the school and drop him off. He will would find something from graduating that his Parents or no one else could give him, personal satisfaction. Display the ability to learn.

    January 7, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Joe PA

    Levi ain't got no use for no book learnin'

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. ChrisDG74

    WAAAAAA!!!! The rules say my son can't get this job without a high school diploma! WAAAAA!!! Now he has quit and get a GED! WAAAAA!!!!! Why does my son have to play by the rules? WAAAA!!!!!!

    Get over it dad. Rules are rules. You should teach your son to follow them.

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. JLO

    Everything by the book now. So the father is confirming that he does not go by the books. Levi said on his my space page that he did not want kids and that he was a red neck it was taken down by Palin after she began her run for VP.

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Marshall

    THis is not news and I love how loving some Democrats can be.

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Larry & Moe

    Who cares?

    Who cares?


    Why is this woman and her brood STILL creeping into the news?

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Palin is a Tool

    What a shame that the son of the drug dealer actually has to follow some rules! Sarah, go RIGHT NOW and stop this madness! Good heavens! Do not shrink from your task, the Lawerd is WITH YOU!

    Can I get an Amen?

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Abyssinian Lion

    I think dropping out of High School can "destroy a young man's opportunity for work."

    Ironic that I worked hard and sacrificed so much to become educated and the drop out is getting $300K for baby pictures.

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. drahcir61

    This is absurd!!! The Palin clan continuously wonders why they are scrutinized & make headline news. Ummm maybe because you do stupid things & LIE! Your lives are a train wreck in slow motion ... we can't turn away.

    Note to Governor Palin, in the "real world" candidates for employment (& apprenticeships) usually undergo BACKGROUND checks. That's where they determine if you lied or embellished facts about your background ... you know, like saying you have foreign policy experience just because you live close to Russia. I know it's kinda silly but some people would try it.

    The kid didn't graduate from high school but somehow this is a "political potshot" ... duh Sarah, it's not about you! The father complains that his son now has to do "everything by the book" ... that'll be tough to do with a role model like Mrs. Palin.

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Mary

    They both need to AT LEAST get their GED

    January 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Betty The Baker

    Joe...where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today?

    January 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Mark Ferbet

    I think it's time that the media back the hell off. Sarah Palin deserves all the media scrutiny out there, but her children, and her grandchild's father..... do Not.

    Maybe the media needs to work on finding stories of survival in these desperate times... something to lift the American People up, instead of going after a fairly innocent young man and young woman who just had their baby, and are trying to figure things out.

    January 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Tom Dunn

    The majority of the six comments posted do not seem charitable.

    January 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Jeff

    Hey you Lefties..........

    If everything was by the book, Bill and Hillary would each would have criminal records, Bill probably jail time also, Ted Kennedy would have rotted behind bars.

    Be careful who you criticize.

    January 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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