It’s cringeworthy But they are making “it right”. The mum, Sarah Palin apparently learnt about this sweet news on the front cover of US Weekly which broke the news on Wednesday.
In a statement she said of the engagement, “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”
Watch the couple in love:
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.”
Pierre de Vos on Constitutional Speaking spots the similarities between Alaska’s Sarah Palin and our Zuma:
“Last night while watching the ETV interview with President Jacob Zuma, it suddenly dawned on me: maybe President Jacob Zuma is our Sarah Palin! Like Palin, President Zuma has charisma, glamour and the common touch. Like Palin our President is much loved by his core supporters who believe that he is being victimized by snooty (or even racist) elites with no respect for traditional values. Like Palin, President Zuma can charm individuals when he meets them. Like Palin, Zuma has an interesting family life. And like Palin he looks completely and embarrassingly out of his depth when confronted by an intelligent and probing interviewer on TV.”
Palin’s ghosted autobiography, Going Rogue: An American Life, written in a flash, is already topping bestseller lists in the US. And it’s release date is weeks away! It knocked Dan Brown from the number one positition.
I love the jokes about this yet-to-be-released bestseller. The book, it appears, has provided the comedians and late night show hosts with great material.
“This week Sarah Palin’s memoir became a bestseller. It’s not even out yet. It’s been translated in English.” –Bill Maher
“Sarah Palin’s 400-page memoir is going to be released on November 17th, and it’s called ‘Going Rogue: An American Life.’ And critics say that it starts out okay, it get’s really exciting and then confusing, and then the last 100 pages are blank.” –Jimmy Fallon
“The book costs $24.99, but it has a $5,000 jacket.” –Jimmy Fallon
“People in Alaska are looking forward to Sarah Palin’s memoir. They’re already calling it ‘The Book to Nowhere.’” –David Letterman
“Sarah Palin’s new autobiography doesn’t come out until November, but it is already No. 1 on Amazon. And if you go to the website, it says, ‘People who bought this book also bought no other books in their entire life.’” –Jimmy Fallon
“They say she finished the book ahead of schedule so they moved the release date up to November 17th. So, turns out she can finish something.” –Jimmy Kimmel
“It’s a big, huge book. But when you go into the store, you can use that big book to step up so you can reach a better book.” –David Letterman
“But the book has got a lot of beautiful colour photos that Sarah has taken from her front porch — beautiful pictures of Russia that she took from her front porch.” –David Letterman
Finally you can read what Levi Johnston thinks about his could-have-been mother-in-law, Sarah Palin. Vanity Fair has published an interview, Levi Johnston: “Me and Mrs. Palin”, in the October issue. And then read Gail Collins’ brilliant column today The Revenge of Levi. For the first time in my life, I feel sympathy for Sarah Palin, Collins says. There are lots of lovely bits I believe in Levi’s piece. Here’s one:
Most woundingly for a woman portrayed by the Republican campaign as a doting supermom, the former high school ice hockey star writes: “There wasn’t much parenting in that house. Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd [her husband] doesn’t cook — the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry and get ready for school.”
In her departing speech yesterday, Palin attacked the media – again:
“You represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy,” she said. “Democracy depends on you, and that is why-that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up.”
The speech has been called mad. Alex Koppelman in Salon said that: The speech itself was utterly disjointed, jumping from the patriotism of America’s troops to energy independence, Hollywood starlets threatening the Second Amendment and a repeat of Palin’s argument that remaining a lame-duck governor wouldn’t have served the people of Alaska well. It was combative, too — the outgoing governor argued with a heckler about that lame-duck rationale.”
Well she’s gone for now. Back later I am sure. She’s due to address the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on the 8th August. Perhaps she will give us a clue about what she plans to do next. Run for president?
In the meantime, I doubt her replacement, Sean Parnell, and his “very nice family” will entertain us nearly as much as the Palin clan have done.
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)