Sarah Palin calls Bristol's tell-all 'shocking', 'inspiring'
June 22nd, 2011
08:24 PM ET
12 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. martin

    Yah, dem birth controll pills must a' been the wrong size, they kept fallin' out.

    All you Palin-haters; don't blame her, blame the drug store- they gave her the wrong size pills, and they kept falling out.

    June 23, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. they call me "tater salad"

    Only an irrelevant, self absorbed, professional victim, attention starved, sleazebag type of person would think that by age twenty they've lived a full enough life to think they need to write a MEMOIR.......Give me a break.......She knew just what the hell she was doing that night with Levi! Hey Bristol, whats the next thing you're gonna tell us," Levi made me lie to my parents so I could go camping with him" and " Levi held me down and poured wine coolers down my throat until I was drunk" and then "Levi dragged me into the tent by my hair and put his wee wee into my no no spot!............Get real!!!

    June 23, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. they call me "tater salad"

    Sarah "The Queen of Stupid" would know a lot about false narratives, her entire existence is based on and continues to survive on nothing but FALSE NARRATIVES!!!!!!........DUH!

    June 23, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. d

    Honestly, what consequences are teens learning about? Bristol made hundreds of thousands of dollars because she got knocked up, but happened to be the daughter of a "celebrity". What's the lesson? "Don't do what I did, unless you can use the circumstances to your advantage and make a lot of money"? No one would care what she was doing if she hadn't been a pregnant teen daughter of an abstinence only conservative airhead.

    June 23, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. ruty

    makes you ashamed to be a republican dosen't it?

    June 23, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Laura518

    Sarah Palin LIKED this book? Now I get why this family is so screwed up. They think this is normal behavior. Sarah Palin doesn't realize how BAD this makes her daughter look, and she doesn't realize how it shows what a bad job she did raising this young woman. She took expensive presents to stay with a cheating boyfriend? This shows this poor young woman has NO self esteem. How did this happen? And the plastic surgery at such a young age? Does Bristol hate herself so much she is willing to undergo surgery for her looks, and sleep with someone for presents?

    June 23, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. katy heys

    Sarah Palin is yesterday's news. Her last gaffe – mistatement of Paul Revere's ride finished her. She is so uneducated and so shallow and so narcissistic that she will never change. She will stay on Faux News until they dump her when they figure out that she has nothing to offer and nobody cares.

    June 23, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Mark

    A girl drank too much at a party and regretted it afterwards? Call all major news networks!

    June 23, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Beverly - NYC

    IShe found the book shocking & refreshing. Really, that's all? No deep reflection on your drop in parenting style. From the looks of it Willowbetter get on those cramp controling birth control bills soon. Seeing how well you handled the situation when her boyfiried went upstairs to her bedroomwith you sitting right there by the stairs. Seems to me like he has been up there many times, since he knew exactly which door was hers. But I'm sure that TLC just edited that way to make you look bad, because nothing is your fault when your last name is Palin!!

    June 23, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. James

    Let this serve as a lesson to all those young girls out there that personal responsibility started before the first drink and ends by blaming someone else.

    June 23, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    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?
    " a family they know very little about"?!? Where have you been Berny, besides laying low waiting to untruthfully trash our President?
    The Palins are the personification of TMI ( Too Much Information). We know wayyyyy too much about them because they can't wait to tell us on their way to turning another buck. Come on now, get real!
    How does the First Family being on display equate in your mind with them being wholesome?? They are a great family and they are wholesome NOT because they are on display but because of their values, their behaviour, and the way they were ALL raised. And to further clarify things for you the Palins are on display A LOT more (undeservedly so) than th First Family. The Palins are professional usurpers,and they would'nt know how to spell wholesome if the whole tribe put their collective heads together.
    Our country will be restored to glory, but not the old glory that you'd like to see make a comeback with everyone in "their place". No. This President is bringing about substantive change. He is bringing us face to face with the devils and darkness within us. Some are overcome by them like the Greedy Old Posers. And some are saying for the love of our country we choose to move FORWARD,and strive for the best in us,and turn our faces from that we held us in bondage for so many years.
    Change starts within Berny. Come join us.

    June 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. SurRy

    "...her unwanted pregnancy..." How sad for her child.

    June 23, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. larryww

    Sara read every page of that book before it was published.....she gave her approval so her saying she is shocked is another lie coming from her mouth.

    June 23, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. richard

    i didn't realize she was heavy..

    June 23, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. richard

    i mean, i big girl...

    June 23, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Ron

    Call me old fashioned–or just plain old. I grew up in a time when, yes, there were occasional scandals amongst politicos, and maybe their private lives were like soap operas? But they didn't write the sordid details and brag about it. All I can say is, yuk!

    June 23, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Libertad

    Apparently Bristol's book is fatter than her mom's.

    June 23, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. sara

    In a way I feel sorry for this very young women, then I think she is as dumb as a fox and has everyone fooled. She sure knows how to make a buck, her parents did teach her that. She wanted to get her book out there before Levi, they seem to be playing this game. I guess I don't feel sorry for her after all. She is very crafty.

    June 23, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. NameMiffit

    We know the girl didn't write the book, because while on Dancing with the Stars (of course she is not star) her vocabulary consisted of 4 letter words .ie that suck.

    June 23, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Colleen

    Sarah's statement about Bristol's book being refreshing, awesome, powerful, inspiring is so IDIOTIC. It is almost like Sarah is bragging: "I was pregnant and had to get married. And Bristol is following in my footsteps. Aren't we great?" Sarah is so nutty that on the campaign trail in 2008, she wanted to know if Levi and Bristol would get more attention and gifts if she planned the wedding to occur before the election or whether they should wait until they moved into the White House! The McCain staff was amazed at this crazy conversation and they asked Todd if she was mentally ill. Todd replied that Sarah "was always like that." Sarah's comment about how great this book slamming the McCains is–shows how little depth she has. Sarah has lost touch with reality. It is all about getting a trademark so she can earn even more money and more attention. Before today, I thought sbout Sarah's comment about going to Haiti and seeing the homeless, starving people: "I saw the absolute joy in the faces of these beautiful people" and also her and Limbaugh's advise not to send these earthquake victims any more than $10.00. Sarah Palin doesn't think before she speaks–thank heavens she cost McCain the Presidency in 2008. None of us could sleep if we knew she was one step away from the Presidency.

    June 24, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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