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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston -- isn't it romantic?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. And I don’t care if you make fun of me for it. My favorite section of the New York Times is the Sunday Styles Section. Not because I get to keep up with some of my friends through Bill Cunningham’s society photos, but because of the wedding announcements. I’m a big ol’ romantic who loves reading the stories of chance encounters, second chances and the discovery of love hiding in plain sight. To this day my favorite wedding announcement was about two guys who were best friends in college -- and were straight -- only to discover that their bromance was a real love for each other. (Oh, gets me every time.)

Anyway, I bring this all up because of the announcement, by way of Us Weekly, that poster girl for teenage motherdom Bristol Palin and her baby daddy Levi Johnston are engaged. The story has multiple elements that push my “awww” button -- redemption, the second chance at love and the made-for-magazine-covers baby perched in between them. I mean, c’mon. The kid’s gorgeous!

Let’s just forget about Levi posing nude. Besides, through my journalistic research, I discovered that I’ve got baby pictures more revealing than his Playgirl pics. Or how he alleged that future mother-in-law Sarah Palin is a money-grubbing liar who was going to divorce Todd. (Though, if you want a refresher on his exploits, the ladies at the Reliable Source have a nice compilation of Levi’s year in video.)

So, what does Mama Grizzly have to say about all this?

Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. As parents, we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.

We pray that, as a couple, Bristol and Levi’s relationship matures into one that will allow Tripp to grow up graced with two loving parents in his life.

Dang. Excuse me while I warm up outside in the Washington heat after that decidedly Alaskan response. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 14, 2010; 2:36 PM ET
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We as members of the Gay Community are obviously APPALLED....please Levi, CALL THIS OFF (and do another photo spread for PlayGirl while you're at it, your first one was absolutely fantastic and did sell out in San Fran).

Posted by: TheRecessionCynic | July 14, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Me: “How much do you think the Palins paid Levi Johnston to retract everything he said and marry Bristol.” My friend Angela: “More importantly, how long is the marriage to last, contractually speaking?”

Posted by: adamprall | July 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

“More importantly, how long is the marriage to last, contractually speaking?”

Only until the conclusion of a successful presidential election and, if elected, the term(s) of presidency. Bristol and Levi will be permitted to divorce immediately following an unsuccessful campaign.

Posted by: goldengateview | July 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

po' white trash rednecks are not confined to the American South. Now you know.

Posted by: edismae | July 14, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: "Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness."

That should go on the wedding invitation.

Posted by: slatt321 | July 14, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

capehart, you buy this love fest i really do have some property to sell you.
the trailer park clan trotted out the engaged couple in 2008, it didn't work then, it won't work now.
true love never, EVER has to be displayed on the cover of a gossip mag, before the family is warned, oh i mean announced.
the best joke came from letterman the other nite when he said baby daddy levi will arrive at the ceremony tied to grandmama palin's pickup truck. i wished i had said that.

Posted by: ninnafaye | July 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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