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Bush Believes Pregnancy Is a 'Private Family Matter'

By Dan Eggen
White House press secretary Dana Perino said today that President Bush believes that the pregnancy of Sarah Palin's teenage daughter is a "private family matter."

Perino, who said she talked to Bush about the issue Monday, said Bush feels that "the family obviously loves their daughter very much and that this baby, when it is born, will have the full love and support of a very loving family." She said Bush will have no other comment on the issue.

Perino said Bush's speech to the Republican National Convention tonight is slated to be broadcast by satellite between 9:30 and 10 EST and will touch on Hurricane Gustav but will focus primarily on bolstering McCain. She also said the address has been shortened, from a planned 15 minutes for the canceled Monday speech to about eight minutes tonight.

The White House spokeswoman demurred when asked whether GOP convention officials were trying to limit the amount of time that Bush appears, saying she would leave "the political psychobabble to the press."

"There is nothing I'm going to be able to do to disabuse all of the reporters in the world from any storyline they want to follow," Perino said. "What I will tell you is President Bush is very pleased that he's going to have a chance to address the GOP convention tonight."

An earlier report that Bush talked to McCain about the pregnancy was incorrect.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 2, 2008; 4:02 PM ET
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Some nasty vicious comments here. Are all of YOU perfect?? I bet many of have secret skeletons in your closets.
Quit trashing the Palins, and the Republicans.

Posted by: wildcatjungle | September 2, 2008 5:00 PM

You can bet the farm that there will be major payback for the Republican National Disgrace known as the Clinton Impeachment. Swift Boats start your motors.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Race and sex isn't a barrier to run for the White House. Class shouldn't be a barrier as well! Some people have thrown around words as "redneck" and "white trash" at Palin. If the voters are okay with "redneck" and "white trash" in the White House, then they can for McCain. If the voters are ashamed of "redneck" and "white trash" in the White House, then they should not vote for McCain.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse


"POLAR BEARS"?! Really? You think ANY of McCain's target voters have POLAR BEARS on their Top 100 Most Important Issues?!


Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin's record: What ADN has said
Posted by Matt Zencey, editorial page editor
Posted: September 2, 2008 - 2:19 pm

How well has Sarah Palin done during her 21 months as Alaska’s governor? Here are excerpts of Daily News editorials about some major issues and challenges during her tenure.


Aug. 5, 2008
The last time the legislature’s spending impulses got so far out of control, Gov. Sarah Palin stepped in to exercise some “adult supervision” with her veto pen.
That probably won’t happen this time -- because Palin helped start the frenzy.
She floated a plan to give every bona fide Alaskan $1,200 worth of energy debit cards over the next year. Add in electricity subsidies and a holiday on the state’s 8-cent-a-gallon gas tax, and Gov. Palin invited lawmakers to spend more than $1 billion.
The party was on.

May 24, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin cut $268 million from the capital budget on Friday. That’s a lot of money, but still less than 10 percent of the entire $3 billion capital budget.
For the most part, the cuts make sense. . . The governor’s cuts weren’t perfect, but by and large she was right to stick with her criteria and cut accordingly.

July 16, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin struck a modest blow for fiscal restraint with her $231 million of vetoes to this year’s near-record capital budget.
The governor didn’t show the same discipline with the operating budget, though. She let that $6.6 billion of spending slide through unscathed, even though months earlier she said she’d seek $150 million in budget cuts.


Nov. 18, 2007
It took almost all of a 30-day special session, but the Alaska Legislature passed a financially responsible fix to Alaska’s corruption-tainted oil tax.
The final measure went beyond Governor Palin’s proposal, with tighter deductions, stricter enforcement provisions and a steeper windfall profits surcharge. . . .
To pass any reform, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin needed cross-party support from Democrats. To the Democrats’ credit, they backed away from plans to return to a tax on gross oil production instead of profits. To the governor’s credit, she was flexible enough to accept significant enhancements in her initial proposal.


May 18, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin got elected pledging to change the way business was being done in Juneau. Her commitment to open, transparent government is a stark contrast to the prevailing ethic in the Alaska Legislature.

June 6, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin won office with the promise of running an open and transparent government. But when it comes to the state’s work on the polar bear conservation controversy, her administration is closed and opaque….
She should intervene and let Alaskans hear or see what state scientists had to say (about the global warming threat to polar bears)-- before the politicians got involved.


June 15, 2008
The Palin administration has good reason to push for an independently-owned gas pipeline from the North Slope.

June 8, 2008
The $500 million (that Gov. Palin needs to finance her proposed natural gas pipeline deal) buys Alaska a way to break that hammerlock on our gas. It buys Alaska an experienced, multibillion-dollar partner that can help get our gas produced sooner, on terms that protect Alaska’s interests.

May 29, 2008
Gov. Palin’s gas line team did an impressive amount of homework before recommending a state gas pipeline license for TransCanada Alaska.


July 22, 2008
it’s clear the governor should have supervised her family more closely and made sure they, or any members of her administration, did not use official channels to press the family’s complaints.
The big question is whether (public safety commissioner) Monegan was sacked for not doing the Palins’ bidding and firing Trooper Wooten. If so, that would be an abuse of office. . . .
An impartial investigator will have a lot more credibility than politically charged legislative hearings.
Let an investigator sort it out.

Aug. 21, 2008
Gov. Palin’s ethically compromised aide Frank Bailey gets to stay on the state payroll, despite doing dirty work on the governor’s behalf (in the trooper scandal), but she gives the hook to the ethically upright public safety commissioner who refused to do Bailey’s bidding.
What kind of message does that send to Alaskans?

July 24, 2008
If it comes to the point that you have to say, “I am not a sex harasser,” then you have no business being the state’s top cop. The facts unfolding about new Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp confirm that he is not the person for the job. . . .
Gov. Sarah Palin should withdraw the appointment and take time to carefully vet possible replacements before choosing a new commissioner. If she doesn’t, the Legislature should reject his appointment.
Kopp was quickly appointed the day after the governor fired Walt Monegan -- and the firing is proving to be a political disaster for Palin in its own right, regardless of who might replace him. For no apparent reason, she sacked a popular career cop with a reputation as a straight shooter.


May 18, 2007
From beginning to end, the first session of the 25th Alaska Legislature was a personal triumph for Gov. Sarah Palin.Legislators, after initial reluctance, approved her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) with only occasional whimpered doubts. …
Ethics reform, sneered at by a few lawmakers and many lobbyists, is now a reality. Gov. Palin’s fingerprints are all over the bill and to the public she is the face of ethics reform. . . .
Alaska’s rookie governor had a heckuva first legislative session.


Dec. 30, 2006
Despite her personal views to the contrary, she announced she would accept the state Supreme Court order that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners….
It’s unfortunate that the Legislature and Gov. Palin support a million-dollar special advisory election in April to stir up public opinion on prohibiting benefits for same-sex partners of public employees. Less than one-half of one percent of state employees have applied for the benefits, and it certainly seems that Alaska has more important issues to debate than this.


May 28, 2008
Alaska’s political leaders generally condemned the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Gov. Sarah Palin joined the deniers and plans to launch a legal counteroffensive. The state will file suit against the listing decision, she says, because the science is “uncertain,” “unproven” and “arbitrary.” …
All this oppositional energy and effort is sadly misplaced. Instead of fighting the listing, Alaska’s political leaders should be fighting to reduce the threat of global warming.

Posted by: Shrubhater | September 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is against rights for homosexuals so the issue of Cheney's lesbian daughter is off limits. The Republican Party is against any sex education except Abstinence (just say no!) so the issue of Palin's teen-age daughter getting pregnant is off limits. The Republican Party has sold out America to foreign oil, debt holders, mercenaries and corporate military and oil company interests so let's not talk about issues, let's talk about Palin's involvement in he Alaska First secessionist movement.

Bush/Cheney/McCain. No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Well so much for privacy for the 'children'.

I wouldn't think that Republicans need to worry about these particular types of attacks though .. I'm sure they will turn off more people than they will recruit.

Do these people really represent the views of the Democrats? Perhaps they do, but I'm certain they don't represent the views of main stream America.

Posted by: gdgarant | September 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I fell very sorry about Palin, it's clear that the pregnancy from her daughter is because no correct guidance for her. A woman with 5 young children has to take care of them, not politics. The most important thing is tp take care of the family, principally with a little girl with down syndrome. The best she can do is take care of her family and try to give the childrens a home.

Posted by: Rudy | September 2, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse


I would argue that either one of the Johnsons were the most important VP picks, and Palin is NO WHERE near Eagleton or Agnew (yet ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

To "realist"--Do you REALLY want to talk about polluting our highest office with filth? I recall a small incident with then President Clinton... Now THAT was filth--IN the highest office. Case closed.

Posted by: Sarah | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone care what Bush has to say about anything anymore. Even the media seems to be just going through the motions with him. I am sure the Republicans were hoping that the hurricane would last another day so they could cancel Bush's speach altogether. I noticed that Cheny had to do somewhere far away, and won't be able to address the convention.

As to Palin, she is the most important VP pick in history (since McCain is so old and in such poor health), and probably the worst VP pick in history. I am afraid that Palin as President would make Bush seem like a good choice. There have been some good articles on how this happened but it boils down to McCain's inability to make good decisions under stress.

I don't exactly blame Palin for her daughter getting pregnant by some seriously deranged redneck, but it highlights the fact that right now she needs to be home with her family, not running for VP. She obviously can't really run her family and be Govenor of one of the least populated states in the US, how can she possibly imagine that she can be VP of heaven forbid President of the most powerful country on earth.

Posted by: captbilly | September 2, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I understand this correctly:

1. Bristol Palin is now five months pregnant.
2. The father has now been identified as Levi Johnston, a young aspiring hockey star.
3. The two make quite a photogenic couple, and have been identified by locals as high school sweethearts.
4. Along with announcing the pregnancy, the Palins’ announced that Bristol intends to wed the father. No time frame is given.

So, my question is, what the hell is taking them so long? Pure speculation, sure, but could it be that Levi (self-proclaimed redneck though he is) is holding out for a paternity test? Could there be a role for Maury Povich in the McCain administration?

Posted by: Bill B. | September 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Rednecks are retarded ja$Ckasses that have a bone to pick with the U.S.A. because they didn't take advantage of the oppotunities made available for them. They'd rather shoot someone, get into bar brawls, loose front teeth, live in trailors, knock up their brother's sisters wife and then blame the black people and affirmative action! ROFLMAO!!! That's the issue with Rednecks!!! Proud Rednecks are even scarier!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

That "stupid Bush" as the lame liberals like to call hims is smarter than the stupid liberals that he beat out not once but TWICE!! Stupid are the liberals who put up lawyers like Kerry and Obama to run for president. Hopefully we'll beat their butts again and the "stupid" Bush supporter will outsmart the "so smart" weenie liberals.

Posted by: San | September 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

This country includes all sorts of people, not just elitist Obama types that think talking to terrorist is OK but shooting game is not. "Rednecks" made this country what it is and those limp wristed metrosexuals have reaped the rewards. To be so classist and predujiced against other types is not American. THIS IS MY AMERICA!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Imagine this America. We really are dumb enough to get McCain in office, and his crazy old ass dies, right?

Well here we have Sarah Palin, mother of impregnated teenage daughter as the president of the United States of America.
Are you kidding me? She can't even make sure her hottie daughter can't get knocked up, but even better, the first son in law is "an alaskan redneck" who "likes to shoot sh*t" WTF? Are you kidding me? Not in my country!

Please, someone, save my country!

Posted by: do me right | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Well at least the republicans' younguns are letting us know up front that they are "f*&^# rednecks"! That like to shoot what proud Americans are we, an opportunity to have a V.P. with a knocked up 17 year old who happens to be knocked up by a gun totting, screwed up redneck! Wow aren't we just one lucky country?

Posted by: Lucy!!!! | September 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Lets just all line up for a ride on the Palin train!

Yeee haaww!!!!

I'm not on the caboose though ;)

Posted by: cockblocker | September 2, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Bush Who? Do you mean the dumb jackarse that is still occupying the white house although more than 80% of Americans want him to ride out on the donkey that brought his dumb butt in there asap!!! DO you mean that Bush? Are we now suppose to want to hear anything that he has to say?!! I mean, really?!!

Posted by: Lucy | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

what we should all be asking ourselves is one very big question. Do we, as proud Americans, want our highest office polluted with such filth? A vice president with a teenage daughter who is pregnant by an "alaskan redneck"? We will look like a third world country! Kim Jong Il ain't got nothing on Insane McCain!

what a disgrace.

Posted by: realist | September 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The real issue is: she lies big, major, wopping lies to protect her career.

She was never pregnant with Trig, her daughter Bristol gave birth back in April. To cover up, they are claiming that Bristol is pregant *now*.

Sarah Palin never looked pregant to any of her staff even at 7 months. She never behaved like she was pregnant, or has recently given birth.

She went on a crazy flight from Texas to the most remote Alaskan hospital in the country to give birth - while in labor. None of the flight attendants noticed that she was in labor.

Those are the lies she wants us to believe. This is not a private family matter. Not when running for Vice President of the United States.

Posted by: I | September 2, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Not off limits at all.
Look out for Miss Not So Congeniality, this Home Coming Queen’s gotta gun, lots of em. And hypocrites with guns, republicans that is, don't like poking into their lives but they sure love telling you how to run yours.

Posted by: tom | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Palins daughter drinking underage, taken from facebook

Posted by: Truth | September 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin looks real good until you start asking questions. I think McCain just wanted us to accept her as is. After what they put Obama through now they whine about vetting her!!!! Don't think so.

Posted by: Julescator | September 2, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Wait until everyone sees what a brilliant piece of work the father of this baby has turned out to be. His myspace page has him claiming to be "a f---ing redneck" who just likes to "shoot the s--t". I'm not going to say much more because he also says that "if you f--k with me, I will kick your a-s" The Palin's seem to associate with some wonderful members of society.

Posted by: wrq7iop | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This is not about Palin. It's about McINSANE's serious lack of judgment. What the hell were you thinking picking a canidate with so much bagage? THIS IS NOT A SOAP OPERA THREE RING CIRCUS!!! Not this time buddy.

Posted by: Steve` | September 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Some nasty vicious comments here. Are all of YOU perfect?? I bet many of have secret skeletons in your closets.
Quit trashing the Palins, and the Republicans.

Posted by: wildcatjungle | September 2, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama said his staff is off limits from any Palin family comments. Contrary to what all the righties yammer on about, the Obama supporter/citizens amazingly have a mind of our own and are free to say what we want. The McCain campaign is suddenly teetering on the verge of a shrill, whiney trainwreck. The family values matter, the complete utter lack of a background check on Palin, the hurricane...(wow, maybe in this election, God has chosen to vote Democrat?)

The McCain camp reared back for a big sweeping right hook after Obama's acceptance speech....and whiffed. The latest laugher has McCain's staff talking about sexism by Obama on the matter... The McCain staff would not know a fair argument if it bit them on hind end. The old FOX theme of hammering home a lie for long enough does NOT turn it into a universal truth. Most folks are smarter than that.

Posted by: tdub | September 2, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey George,

We don't have to worry about ANY male Republican being the dad;

The male Republicans only have sex with OTHER MEN - and even then, only in public restrooms.

Posted by: Magoo, older than dirt | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama knows full well that the media and left wing blogs are not going to leave Bristol alone and in fact, he wants them to keep it up as long as possible.

Just look on any news website. 25%-50% of the headlines are about Bristol. Now they're even using Lindsey Lohan as an "expert." Just goes to show how low the media will go to help Obama.

Posted by: Kyle | September 2, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hello Everbody,

Let me clear up the issue; I called my friend, Magoo, to ask him if Bristol's baby was his. Magoo assured me that it was NOT his and that he did not give Sarah the veep slot to shut her up.

Magoo did say that there probably WERE other 17 year olds out there carrying his DNA, but she was probably not one of them because he didn't remember getting THAT drunk in Alaska....recently.

Your President,

George Bush

Posted by: George Bush | September 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sheryl L. Olsen:

Thanks for the fake concern. Didn't you hear Obama / Biden say that Bristol Palin is off-limits?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Poor kid, I bet she's delighted her mom is running for national office so everbody and their mother gets to speculate about her situation and choices.

Posted by: Sheryl L. Olsen | September 2, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse


Didn't you hear Obama / Biden say that Bristol Palin is off-limits?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

chickens are coming home to roost....don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house...never know when one migh ricochet back and that is what has happened...what kind of sex education did she give her daughter....hmmmm

Posted by: harry | September 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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