Yes, well believe it. Probably why he is way too busy to play dad and husband-to-be. You did hear that Bristol Palin has dropped him for the second time? Just a few weeks ago they got re-engaged and swore everlasting love. Now he is single – again – and will “maybe a run for city council and go from there.”
The current outspoken Mayor of Wasilla Verne Rupright, pointed out that it’s too early to declare running for the 2012 mayorial post but offered some advice in the meantime: “But since I am nearly old enough to be Levi’s grandfather I think it would be wise for him to get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!”
Next month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar has Bristol Palin looking very glamorous pouring tea for her baby son. It’s kind of weird. So is the feature. In it she admits that she was well informed about sex but seemed clueless at the same time:
At the time Bristol discovered she was pregnant, she had been dating Johnston since she was a freshman. Prompted by an aching back and a missed period, she took a pregnancy test. It came out positive. “I was like, What am I going to do?” she says quietly. They decided to tell her parents when she was six weeks along.
“I remember sitting on the couch with one of my best friends and Levi, and I just couldn’t spit it out. I was like, ‘Mom, Mom.’ I was bawling my eyes out. She was like, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I was like, ‘I’m pregnant.’ And she was like” — Bristol stops and mimics a gasp — “Oh my God. Holy crap. But once that part was over with and Tripp was here, it was just like, this baby is a blessing.”
Though Bristol was well-informed about sex education, “it’s not like we sat down and were like, ‘All right, here’s the birds and the bees.’ Truly, my parents just assumed that I wasn’t doing anything. And it was a shock for us all.”
It’s the end of a great story for me. The governor, and former vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Sarah Palin says goodbye to her political post today. There are few clues as to where or what she will be doing next. Hosting a TV show perhaps? She has said that: “I cannot express enough there is no plan after July 26. There is absolutely no plan. The decision (to quit) was made in the vacuum of what was best for Alaska, and now I’m accepting all the options, but there is nothing planned.”
We’ll see. And perhaps the story will continue…
Here is Palin’s daughter Bristol holding her son Tripp Johnston as she and her sister Piper watch their mother serve salmon burgers at the governor’s picnic in Alaska yesterday. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Sarah Palin has accepted David Letterman’s apology on Monday for making a sexually charged joke about one of her teenage daughters. “I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception” of the joke by viewers, he said during Monday’s taping of “Late Night with David Letterman,” according to a transcript given to Reuters.
His joke last Tuesday night about the Palins’ visit to New York and Yankee Stadium was “There was one awkward moment during the seventh-inning stretch; her daughter was knocked up by [Yankee player] Alex Rodriguez” and “The hardest part of her trip was keeping [former New York Gov.] Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter” — were in bad taste according to the general American public. I’d say so too.
Sapa’s report on the wires today say that Palin hopes Letterman’s apology will help change attitudes about men who joke about the sexual exploitation of young girls. He said his joke last week about one of Palin’s daughters being impregnated by Alex Rodriguez can’t be defended.
Impressive: sweet teenage mum and activist, has successfully completed high school and graduated last night.
She might now leave well alone her rather unsuccessful career as an activist to help prevent teenage pregnancies. This will allow her more time to achieve her next plans: a two-year business degree and then a job – in real estate.
Here she talks to a big fan, Eddie Burke (again she’s not very articulate. Sweetly delighted with herself though).
I often wish I were a twenty-year-old mother with small children. For many obvious reasons: I would cope better with the little sleep. I could run around effortlessly with them. And, I would look better. Think of 33-year-old Angelina Jolie: gorgeous, thin, and already thinking of adopting a seventh child! She’s almost a whole ten years younger than me.
A young mum I am not. I find myself hoping that one of my daughters will do a Bristol Palin on me. If this were to happen, I could possibly be knitting booties before my eighties. But I suspect my opinion on sex education might work against me on this.
The good news, fellow older parents, is that ‘delaying parenthood to get the best qualifications and a career first gives children a better start in life’. Ok, I might not have spent my youth getting a PhD and climbing the corporate ladder but delay parenting I did do – it took me a damn long time to find my prince.
The Guardian’s report on the Millenium Cohort Study, a survey of more than 15,000 children born in the first two years of the decade, lists many interesting findings about younger and older parents. Older parents are generally better educated and wealthier. We spend more time reading to our children. We have better routines (some of us, not me, are more likely to read and to follow the queen of routine-parenting Gina Ford). Apparently we feed our children breakfast and avoid obesity. Children of older parents do better at school too.
All this is good news, but I still think being younger and more energetic would benefit my children in other ways. Their offspring would have a hearing, seeing and living grandmother.
Levi Johnston, who has left school and is now working on an oil field, has spoken to the press about his uncoming marriage and the birth of his baby. He says can’t believe all the things he’s been reading and hearing in the media. He wasn’t held against his will on the campaign trail. He’s not being forced into a shotgun wedding with 17-year-old Bristol.
Huffingtonpost.com reports on an Associated Press story today.
”We both love each other. We both want to marry each other. And that’s what we are going to do.”
The soft-spoken teenager discussed his relationship with Palin and how life has changed with fatherhood fast approaching. He agreed to talk despite the presidential campaign’s advice in the days following Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination to avoid the media.
“They’re not telling me anything right now,” Johnston said as he checked his Blackberry. “It’s pretty chill.”
Not surprisingly, Johnston was a little shocked when he learned about Bristol’s pregnancy, but he says he quickly embraced the prospects of fatherhood. The baby is due Dec. 18.
Johnston hinted he’s expecting a boy, but he declined to discuss baby names.
Bristol Palin, who is six months pregnant, turns 18 on October 18. A respectable age for a bride apparently. Really? I was still school!
The Times, London is reporting today that ’inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.” ‘
They are hoping for this to happen before the November 4 elections.
In case you missed this at the Republican convention on Wednesday night where the pregnant Bristol and her self-proclaimed ‘f***ing redneck’, boyfriend, Levi Johnston held hands sweetly while listening to her mother, Sarah Palin. Here’s the tattoo on Levi’s finger: