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Bristol Palin's Baby Is Born


Levi and Bristol at the Republican convention in September. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Bristol Palin gave birth to her much-anticipated baby son on Saturday, People.com reported this evening.

The first grandchild of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, weighing in at seven pounds, four ounces.

When it was announced shortly after Gov. Palin was named John McCain's running mate that her teenage daughter was expecting, it triggered national debates on teen pregnancy and marriage, abstinence education, the VP vetting process, the privacy of political families and, well, just about everything.

Bristol Palin is 18, as is her boyfriend of three years, Levi Johnston, a former high school hockey player. Both have dropped out of high school -- she to complete her diploma through correspondence courses, People reports, and he to become an apprentice electrician, he told the AP this fall. They have said they plan to marry in 2009. (Johnston's mother Sherry was arrested earlier this month on felony drug charges for allegedly selling OxyContin.)

Colleen Jones, who is the governor's aunt, confirmed the news of the baby's birth to People. "We think it's wonderful," she said. "The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

** Flashback: Having a hard time keeping the campaign kids straight? Check out this interactive graphic.**

** Update: People.com gave the birthdate in its original story as Sunday but has since changed it to Saturday; this item has been amended to reflect that change in reporting.**

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What a long, strange tripp it's beeeen.....

Posted by: junk8 | December 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

And the other headline: "Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds"

Funny how GOP family values apply to everyone except the GOP. Good luck to Bristol and Levi and Tripp. They'll need it. And Sarah, take better care of your other kids.

Posted by: bevjims1 | December 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the new baby!!

Posted by: annnort | December 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Is the marriage still on, or OFF since mommy lost.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 29, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Bless the young ones and forgive those who calumny against them.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 29, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree that the GOP and right-wing loudmouths would be having a field day if this was a Democratic candidate's kid.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | December 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Babies having babies; the abject failure of abstinence-only sex education.

Posted by: HughBriss | December 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Cool! The hate groups that think they should run this country and have elected its latest leaders are showing their true colors for our edification. They don't like ordinary Americans and the proletariat, which is why they hate Sarah Palin with a fiery hatred. It's much like the days when the old medieval institutions were coming apart and the landed aristocracy felt threatened by the rising mercantile class. These snobs prefer aristocrats of noble birth, so are willing to give unqualified uppercrust celebrities a free pass when they use their connections to get a political office. And they try to keep the proles and the bourgeois down.

Posted by: Reticulator | December 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

The Rush Limbaugh crowd is strangely silent.

Posted by: fudador | December 29, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

And how exactly does this qualify as news?

Posted by: saiyeleso | December 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I get so bitter and angry when I read about this. Hillary would never have had these kinds of problems ... Hillary was entitled to the presidency and now that Obama Barack has taken that away all that the angry, bitter leftists have to talk about is Sarah Palin this and Sarah Palin that. Why can't we talk about something else?

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | December 29, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Let us pray that she does not marry the father. Perhaps she will grow up over time and find a good father for her son.

Posted by: jhough1 | December 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Grandma was over heard telling the family to "scrape your shoes and come on in".

Posted by: whocares666 | December 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat, voted for Hillary in the primary, and Obama in the general election. I disliked intensely Sarah Palin during the campaign. That said, I think her daughter Bristol's life is a blank slate. She is only 18 and has a long road ahead of her. There is still time for her to do a lot of good, and complete high school and even go onto college. She has had an out of wedlock child, but let's not blame her for her mother's politics.

Posted by: readerny | December 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the good sense of the American People. There will be NO:

drug users/sellers in the WH
double-wide trailers parked on the WH lawn
whack jobs running the WH
shout gun weddings
baby Momma drama
correspondence manuals for GEDs


Posted by: K2007 | December 29, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

WOW, reading a few of these comments I have to reconsider the LATIMES critique of the WashPost's web site as out of control and borderline offensive. While no swarmy know it all advocate of pre-pub censorship would accept phrases like "trailer trash," "redneck," or "ho," for the sake of argument let's hope the suits leave that gutter talk on line so we can once again be reminded of the little minded ones so intolerant of folks with a real life or who didn't hire a flack or a feel good md with an Rx book. See you at the Anchorage Bush Company "mortified 469" (assuming you want some company.) Check the stats, this family is more "normal" than we should care to admitt, at least, like most of us, they aspire to a higher ideal.

Posted by: thealaskan | December 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

beyond the fact that this is not newsworthy (which begs the question: why, in fact, did i read this article), why are people piling on this family? if you support her, then i agree that you ought to examine your own hypocrisy. on the other hand, if you oppose her and her ilk, why drag this story lower still? calling her "trailer trash" is elitist and using the old "if she was black..." argument is just as myopic. frankly, i voted for obama in part because i believe he is the man to lead us past these divisive and confrontational politics. why would you vote for him if you are going to fight what he stands for?

Posted by: gratefolks | December 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

1. Nobody ever proved that Trig (the first baby) is Sarah's. Bristol, not Sarah or Sarah's husband was holding the baby in ever public appearance. And in each photo of the baby there appeared to be a nursing blanket.

2. Can't they name their children Christian names? What's wrong with Matthew, Luke, John, etc.?

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | December 29, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Could all of you spewing the usual anti-GOP venom just let this young woman and her family alone?

All of your comments about hate-mongering conservatives wear thin when you yourselves criticize and mock a young woman you don't even know.

Wasn't Obama's mom 18 when he was born? Shame on all of you!!!

Appalled... and I am not a big Sarah Palin fan!

Posted by: thesouds | December 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Now that's New Journalism, WaPo! Offer, on the front page, a story about the daughter of a former vice presidential candidate. Because it matters? No. Because it gives your followers a conservative target to vent against. Two young kids with obvious challenges need to get smacked about a bit because the WaPo needs to slop its liberal audience with National Enquirer type meanness.

Posted by: grohlik | December 29, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow - most of you people are vicious. Sarah Palin has taught her kids well - they are not "punished with a child" but see the baby as a blessing. THey are a strong family (the idea of which many of you strangely seem to hate) so they will all be fine.

Posted by: pgr88 | December 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Should name the kid Puck.

Posted by: GOPNAZI | December 29, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I’m delighted that mother and baby are fine. After saying that, I have to hope that mom and dad get at least a high school diploma before they have a couple more. It might be nice if the paternal grandmother doesn’t have to spend more than ten or twelve years in the slammer because she’s a drug dealer. The child might like to have this whole family value crowd around to nourish the tot.

My next question is are the people of Alaska going to keep this crew in office as the state’s first family, and is Neiman Marcus opening a store in Fairbanks?

Posted by: spencer911 | December 29, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't she name the baby, Joe?

Posted by: hamishdad | December 29, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

NOT FRONT PAGE NEWS!!!!!!! Congrats on the baby but should not be covered as closely. Please do better press.

Posted by: qwerqwer1 | December 29, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Bristol and Levi! What a Joy. May God bless you for choosing Life... How easily you could have chosen to abort this child, but your mom and dad obviously taught you the sanctity of life.... And to face your challenges, and not take the easy, quick solution. Life certainly holds a lot of trials and difficult times for you.. but you have strong support and love in the Palin family. Please do not be discouraged by the Hate Mongers that have posted incredibly hateful messages. The liberal crowd would certainly have encouraged you and applauded you if you would have chosen to abort this baby. It is a sad commentary on Americans when they have such blind hate for a family, and Sarah in paticular, that did nothing except end up in the media spotlight by answering "Yes" to John McCain's request to help him lead this country. Live your life, be happy, raise this new baby to be a good, wholesome, God loving ,moral citizen..Maybe the parents of the people who have written the disgusting, mean messages should have done a better job!

Posted by: degrsl | December 29, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

This article doesn't mention that daddy Levi has split town - going to the north slope oil fields to "become an apprentice electrician".

Posted by: bamccampbell | December 29, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"

I get so bitter and angry when I read about this. Hillary would never have had these kinds of problems ... Hillary was entitled to the presidency and now that Obama Barack has taken that away all that the angry, bitter leftists have to talk about is Sarah Palin this and Sarah Palin that. Why can't we talk about something else?

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | December 29, 2008 9:24 PM "

UH--Who's "angry and bitter??"

Posted by: thrh | December 29, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. 99% crude attacks on the boards tonight. This crap is so sad on many levels. I may be "in the tank" for Obama, but some of my fellow tank members are fermented. For all of you, here is the proper response:

Congratulations on the birth of your child and best wishes.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 29, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

It's always interesting how the Democrats who claim to be the party of "tolerance" are always the most intolerant,hateful, and obnoxious, these blog comments being just one example.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | December 29, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Why people hate people they hardly know? Forget the World Peace. We are enemies to each other.

Moral lessons? Teens pregnancy is the REAL problem. It could happen to anyone regardless of color, social position, and level of education, or amount of money. If your teen daughter or son is not home right now – do you know what is she/he doing?

Young healthy, obviously very fertile women gave birth to a healthy baby. What kind of tragedy is that? This is actually the news for a local newspaper – no more.

Posted by: morena77 | December 29, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the family. I hope they can be happy.

Posted by: cupgoddess | December 30, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

The religious right and other conservatives have plenty to say against gay people in love who want to get married, but they're strangely silent about teenage sex and unmarried parents who are part of the religious right.

Posted by: MatthewM1 | December 30, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The comments on this article are unbelievably ugly. I am disgusted by the mean, vicious, hateful venom being spewed against a young woman, her boyfriend, and their baby. The ignorance expressed is beyond belief.

These same people worship the ground Barack Obama walks on....whose mother was unwed when she conceived him and only 18 when he was born.

How pathetic that the haters have nothing better to do than to attack a young woman and her family. Sick, sick society we live in. May God have mercy on our country.

Posted by: pdurant1 | December 30, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Bristol, Levi, the Palins and the Johnstons. I hope that they and the baby will be happy.

I also hope that Bristol, Levi and Levi's mother will not serve as role models for other young people. Premarital pregnancy and dropping out of high school are not credentials to be admired, nor is the arrest of Levi's mother for drug possession.

I hope that Levi's mother will get treatment for her addiction, and that Levi and Bristol establish a more solid family life, complete their GEDs and set a good example for their young son.

None of these events, of course, are worthy of emulation. It is sad, as well, that none of these events appear to diminish Sarah Palin's presidential prospects.

I would hope that the U.S. would find more appropriate role models.

Posted by: ANetliner | December 30, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

If reader response is any indication of a newspaper's ideological leanings - and the evidence seems indisputable that it is - then it is clear that The Washington Post is well left of center.

Fine - just admit it (as The Post ombudswoman finally did, albeit kicking and screaming).

Personally, I believe that the standing of The Washington Post, The NY Times and the LA Times would be enhanced if only they would admit that they have an editorial and journalistic viewpoint.

Posted by: breth | December 30, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

(* y a w n *)

- What's for breakfast?

Posted by: T-Prop | December 30, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the tolerance of the left..... Just like they're heaping praise about a NY Senate candidate's qualifications based on Life magazine photos of over 40 years ago, they'll continue their attacks on this child forever.

Posted by: ohmd | December 30, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The Palin progeny . . . Track, Trig, and now Tripp. Oy.

Posted by: trace1 | December 30, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: rosemund | December 30, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

One wishes this line of commentary could be preserved as a prime example of liberal meanness. It seems that liberals are either killing their own young or maligning innocent youth - all the while worshiping Bill, the serial molester. Hey, he's your kind of guy, isn't he?

Posted by: grohlik | December 30, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The most startling comment here is that "Hilliary was entitled to the presidency".
No one is entitled to the presidency. America is not a monarchy ---our officials are elected.

I disagree with Palin politically but attacking her child is unfair. Bristol had no say in deciding to become part of the election's hurly-burly.

Posted by: smartfunnygal | December 30, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

After reading these comments, I'm really ashamed for our country. Gag on people coming on blogs calling Governor Sarah Palin "trailer trash."

HOPEfully, none of you voted for Barack Obama, because he challenged the Americans who voted for him to move on from the "politics of personal destruction."

Anyone who wants to go on blogs making nasty personal remarks about politicians they don't even know is still following the Karl Rove book of politics. I thought we were all tired of that.

Congratulations to the family of this new child, and best wishes for his future as a part of this great nation.

Posted by: freespeak | December 30, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Gee, it is so nice to see all of the "understanding, sensitive" libs online supporting a young mother and family. It's a shame so many of you can't just practice what you preach. You write of the hypocrisy of the conservatives yet your comments here are far more incendiary than those who simply want to encourage others to live their best life and move past mistakes they have made and take responsibility for their actions - which is what this family is doing. God bless Bristol, Levi and Tripp.

Posted by: mlandgrebe29 | December 30, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry that it seems most of the supporters of the president elect are so crude and critical of others and yet apparently SOOOO PERFECT in thier own personal lives...

Posted by: elenakilner | December 30, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Cheap shotting these young kids and calling their baby a bastard is contemptuous.

Posted by: jackson251 | December 30, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Sarah WHO?

Posted by: ewexler1 | December 30, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Who really gives a hoot? Can't these people go back to their igloo on wheels and let us get on with somewhat normal lives? I wish the media would just let these people go away and stop reporting on them.

Posted by: ch4gas | December 30, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with those who find most of the posts really offensive cheap shots. As on target as they may be, no good purpose is served by making them. Miss Palin deserves our very best wishes in trying to make the best of a very unfortunate situation. The spotlight being shined on her is not of her doing and she should not have to suffer for that.

That said, I think that every bit of light available needs to be focused on sarah as long as there are those who see her as an appropriate candidate in the future. It has been mentioned in the posts today her husband's membership in that sesessionist party. I hope that Sarah's welcoming speech for their convention (posted on UTube, I believe) is well remembered. I found it thoroughly chilling.

Posted by: rsh43 | December 30, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Trash is what most of you are for making fun of a newborn baby and his family. Truly stooping to a very low level of humanity. Keep politics to politics and leave the baby out of it.

Posted by: jesstubbs | December 30, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Well, good for Bristol for having her baby. I hope her baby is healthy and happy.

-from a liberal democrat,
Katie Bauer

Posted by: ghibli1992 | December 30, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Well at least the kid and his crazy hockey-lovin grandma are stuck in Alaska and not DC. In either case, the child should be left alone (at least until Granny wants to use him for a photo op in People...).

Poor things...i just feel sorry for those kids more than anything.

Posted by: around | December 30, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Washingtonians- read the ugly comments above about a child born in Alaska and then ask yourself why those inside the beltway are despised and mistrusted? Compassion and charity are not part of your political vocabulary and millions know it.

Posted by: steveconn1 | December 30, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

wow. You wouldn't think a gossip column (not "front page news") would generate such incisive political commentary as "Alaskans are all trailer trash." A caveat to those who blame WaPo. This is on the web. That means you don't have to live inside the Beltway to post vitriol.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 30, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I just want to know who is paying the medical expenses for the birthmother and her child? Unwed and unemployed people are almost always uninsured. Are these expensed covered under the Governor's insurance?

Posted by: pineywms | December 30, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

What a shallow bunch you are.

Take a gander at your own lives before criticizing this girl. Are you upset with her because she had sex as a teenager? Did you? Are you upset because she didn't have an abortion? Would you be praising her if she had 'terminated' her baby boy?

What is so wrong with your lives that you will use any excuse to ridicule others?

Posted by: CFL1968 | December 30, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

For those of you here that think "libs" are being hard on Bristol you don't understand the issue. Its not about Bristol. Its about right-wing conservative hypocrisy. Jamie Spears was trashed by Bill O'Reilly and her parents were called pinheads for allowing her to get pregnant. Other conservatives equate teen pregnancy with liberalism. Yet when it happens to a high profile right-wing abstinence-first conservative, we all need to be nice and understanding. Well, the truth is liberals understand teenage pregnancy as well as anyone and they know how it can be prevented, by proper parenting and using birth control which the right wing abhors.

And where is conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly on this? Haven't heard from him on this yet. Is Bristol to be treated differently than the way he treated Jamie Spears who found herself in the same situation? Here is what O'Reilly had to say about Jamie Spears when it was learned she was pregnant at 16. If O'Reilly is not a hypocrit you have to assume he would say the same about Bristol, but you will never hear it from his lips:

"On the pinhead front, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. The sister of Britney says she is shocked. I bet. Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves."
[From http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317577,00.html]

So, while you may be upset with some of the comments here, understand that Bristol is not the target of them. Its the self appointed moral police of the extreme right wing who selectively apply their morality to their political enemies while sparing their own. It gets most of us more than a little upset, especially when the morality police themselves have been found behaving immorally yet continue to be supported by conservatives to act as adjudicators of morality. Its hypocrisy in the extreme and all for political gain.

Posted by: bevjims1 | December 30, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Why do the Palins name their children such weird names? I guess it's because they are weird. Sure glad she isn't anywhere near the White House.

Posted by: Classic60 | December 30, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Originally it was announced the baby was due in February. This tells me either the baby was way premature, which is unlikely at 7#4, and anyway the media would be all over that; or the GOP spinmeisters covered up the fact that these kids did the nasty at an even younger age than was originally thought.

That said, I bet the baby is cute cute and wish him a long and happy life.

Posted by: bucinka8 | December 30, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know who is paying the medical expenses for the birthmother and her child? Unwed and unemployed people are almost always uninsured. Are these expensed covered under the Governor's insurance?
-----------------------------
You Betcha, you know darn well that Alaska is paying her medical bills.

Posted by: Classic60 | December 30, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh Dems, calm down. The only reason this isn't an issue for you is because your kids are too ugly to get any. I am so joking, but that's how you all sound: immature and ignorant. The girl made a mistake. You would slaughter her even if she had an abortion. It's ironic at best. Kids make mistakes all the time.

Posted by: jackieRo | December 30, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

bevjims1, you have some excellent points, conveyed calmly and without ad hominem invective. Thank you for posting.

Posted by: bucinka8 | December 30, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

bevjims1, it's not hypocrisy like you think. BOR was trashing the Spears because 1. Britney was coming apart at the seams and no one was doing a thing, least of all her "parents", 2. Jamie Lynn used her pregnancy to profit by selling the baby's photos, and 3. Jamie Lynn was playing house with a guy who should have been charged with statutory rape. Last time I checked, Bristol Palin wasn't making millions by being a tween idol on Nick. So there is a world of difference between the two. I don't accept what Bristol Palin did, but she sure didn't glamourize the fact that she was pregnant like some of these other teen moms. I would accept that both Jamie Lynn and Bristol made the mistake of getting pregnant--it happens, we make bad choices as teens. What I don't accept is the Spears' blubbery tell-all to make money off their children's mistakes, while claiming..."it's not my fault."

Posted by: jackieRo | December 30, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

bevjims1 put it well. The rancor here is about right-wing hypocrisy, not the Palins. The Palins are ordinary people with ordinary and sadly typical problems. Like most ordinary people they should not be in the news and, thankfully, will never be in the White House.

Posted by: raschumacher | December 30, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I hope everyone is healthy, has a great life, yadda yadda.

But.

I have to ask, was Tripp named in honor of grandmother Sherry's arrest?

Posted by: krasni | December 30, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"What's wrong with Christian names?" Maybe the parents aren't christians.

Posted by: raschumacher | December 30, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Last time I checked, Bristol Palin wasn't making millions by being a tween idol on Nick. So there is a world of difference between the two."

Well, last time I checked, Bristol is selling pics of the kid to People magazine for big bucks, so there is not much difference between the two at all. Now, it would be nice if the $$ were placed in a college fund for the kid, but there's not much chance of that happening in this family, is there?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 30, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Where do these people get the names for their children? "Tripp"? Under all the circumstances around the Palins and their morels(or lack of) It seems more fitting to name the new addition to the Palin family TRICK. No wedding bells...where's the daddy? Oh yes, on the other side of the big state of Alaska!!!

Posted by: juliafindley | December 30, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

jackieRo wrote:
"bevjims1, it's not hypocrisy like you think. BOR was trashing the Spears because 1. Britney was coming apart at the seams and no one was doing a thing, least of all her "parents", 2. Jamie Lynn used her pregnancy to profit by selling the baby's photos, and 3. Jamie Lynn was playing house with a guy who should have been charged with statutory rape. So there is a world of difference between the two."

Well, lets think about this a bit:

1) Sarah pulled Bristol out of school when she got pregnant, presumably to hide the fact, and now Bristol must do correspondence school to get a GED. Many girls, many of them married and unmarried, graduate high school while pregnant. I've seen them waddling up to the stage to receive their diplomas. But Bristol was pulled from school by Sarah. Why?

2) According to MSNBC’s The Scoop, PEOPLE Magazine has purchased exclusive rights to the first public photos of Governor Sarah Palin’s grandson for approximately $300,000. I would also assume, since People made the first report of the birth, that they also paid for that right.

3) Bristol's boyfriend was evidently no secret in Wasilla and the pregnancy begs the question of what type of motherly advise Bristol received from Sarah.

4) Sarah Palin brought $150,000 worth of clothes for her and her family in 2 months, billed the state for travel by her family including a $700/night hotel room in NY for her and Bristol, and even charged a per diem when working from her own home in Wassila. Someone like that will be looking to cash in on Trigg's pictures and story you can be sure about that.

But still no harsh words from Bill O'Reilly or the self appointed morally right wing conservatives. Hypocrisy and then some.

Posted by: bevjims1 | December 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

juliafindley wrote: "Where do these people get the names for their children? "Tripp"?"

Considering the names of Sarah's children I am leaning toward her being a closet Druid.

juliafindley wrote: "No wedding bells...where's the daddy? Oh yes, on the other side of the big state of Alaska!!!"

Yes, it seems that to become an apprentice electrician one must travel 1000 miles away to the frozen North Slope right after having your first child. Can you say "Exiled to Siberia"? What sort of family value is this anyway? Maybe one where he can be away from other women until the wedding stated to be next summer.

Posted by: bevjims1 | December 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Insane to make this news.

Posted by: ridagana | December 30, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Washington (dbTechno) - A new study has found that teenagers who make a virginity pledge to not have sex until they are married are less likely to use birth control when they actually do take part in intercourse.

The study was led by Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The data used came from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which consisted of 934 high school students.

The researchers compared teens who had taken the virginity pledge to those who had not taken a pledge.

What they found was that the rate of the teens taking part in sex was the same regardless if they had made the virginity pledge or not.

The alarming aspect of this is that those who did make the pledge were less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control.

Posted by: dave55 | December 30, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

OK - Levi has dropped out of High School to be an Apprentice Electrician and Bristol is going for a GED. Poor baby will have 2 uneducated parents if indeed Bristol marries Levi in 2009 - why couldn't she marry Levi before the baby was born? Hey we know abstinence works if you want a baby - it worked for Sarah and her hubby. Baby #1 was in the oven before they eloped. So what was Sarah thinking?

McCain showed his true colors by picking Sarah Palin for VP - Blind Ambition! I wonder what the rest of Bristol's young siblings will turn out like? Hey if this had been Obama's kids having kids out of wedlock as teens, you can just imagine the Right Wingnuts comments. No equality here.

Posted by: knittingnutvi | December 30, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the baby!

Now how about publicly repudiating the idiotic notion that abstinence only education is a good way to prevent unwanted, and unplanned children born out of wedlock?

That would be great, thanks.

Posted by: onestring | December 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

After being called intolerant for their school yard chants, I've now read a few comments saying something like, "we didn't call her bad names, we were calling republican's bad names" or something like that. The point is you would damage anybody to make your partisan comment, wouldn't you? Big time bullies picking on a baby. But that's what you cool kids do, isn't it?

Posted by: ohmd | December 30, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This makes me want to VOMIT!
Please spare us WAPO!
I beg you!
WHO THE HELL CARES anyway? I MEAN REALLY?

Posted by: Bebechat | December 30, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I found personally offensive the comment above that liberals would cheer this girl on if she had had an abortion. I'm a pro-choice liberal and my disdain for the choices made by the Palins concerning this pregnancy have nothing to do with her choice to have a child instead of an abortion. Instead, I'm appalled and disgusted that as a result of getting pregnant, this girl Bristol and her boyfriend have terminated their formal education. Two high school dropouts with a brand-new baby? Great role models. I'm sorry, but to me that decision just showcases how the Palin family priorities are obviously gravely misguided. Education is possibly the single most important thing for young people; pregnancy and motherhood shouldn't and needn't interrupt that. I'm at a loss to understand THAT choice, not the choice to continue an unplanned pregnancy.

Posted by: 7900rmc | December 30, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Reticulator...
You seem confused.

People dislike Sarah Palin for a variety of reasons. I don't dislike her because she's an ordinary American, or not from noble lineage. In fact, I don't dislike her. I simply think that she should be nowhere near a national office.

This is because of her policy positions. And the manner in which she suggested some Americans are more patriotic than others. And her stunning lack of intellect. And her party's disdain for those who believe intellect is a positive characteristic in a national leader.

Sarah Palin can be as "ordinary" as she wants. I don't care that she likes hockey or isn't from a well-know family. I just don't want someone with a decidedly ordinary intellectual capacity to run the country. I want someone a thousand times smarter than I am to be handling our nation's challenges.

And for the record, I'd argue that the half-black son of an unwed teenage mother who got himself to Harvard hardly qualifies as an "unqualified uppercrust celebrit[y]" who uses his connections to land in political office. That, my friend, is a description of President George W. Bush.

Posted by: biercuk | December 30, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't know about the baby's first name, but Easton makes some great hockey equipment :-)

It's a non-issue. She'll likely complete her education - as for him, electricians make good coin - they're trying to work it out. Why does anyone care?

Posted by: notreadyforprimetime | December 31, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I know this places me squarely in the realm of the Rosewell conspiracy fomenters, but this "news" of Bristol's baby is so far based on nothing more than the word of Sarah Palin's aunt to People magazine. Neither Palin nor the hospital has confirmed anything. Just that -- the sister of Bristol's grandmother, in an interview, probably by phone to People magazine, with no official confirmation of any kind. Born at 5:30 am either on Saturday or Sunday (reports differ), god knows where. And the papers are running with it. I still wonder about the truth of all this, and whether this is what they hope will be the last decoy in the Sarah-Bristol-Trig triangle, a decoy which Sarah has cleverly distanced herself from.

Posted by: johnnormansp | December 31, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Levi Johnston looks strikingly like Gaston from Beauty & the Beast? Congrats to the Palin family, may you raise the baby to health and happiness!

Posted by: palinfan | December 31, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I think the big unanswered question is why Bristol and Levi dropped out of school. I've seen many pregnant teens at high school graduations. As another poster noted, pregnancy and high school are not a problem assuming no medical issues. Many girls who get pregnant continue to go to school.

But what seems to have happened here is that Bristol was pulled from school the minute her mother found out about the pregnancy in order to keep it quiet. Local papers were trying hard to determine what was going on and when Bristol had a minor car accident in front of a gyn's office, the rumors ran wild. But Sarah kept it all quiet even after being nominated for VP, causing some to guess that Trig was Bristol's child. Strange for someone who now claims teen pregnancy is just a normal part of family life.

So I have two problems with this:
1) Was it wise for Sarah to pull Bristol out of school due to pregnancy? Poor Bristol and Levi must now work to get their GED while raising a child when they could have completed their high school degrees last June.
2)Can we trust a politician who so readily lies about her family life and is willing to harm her child's education to prevent political embarrassment?

And one more question: Why does Levi need to apprentice as an electrician on the North Slope, 1000 miles away from his fiancee and child? I see the self-absorbed hand of Sarah Palin behind that decision as well. These poor kids need to get out of Alaska and away from Sarah as fast as they can or they will continue to have Sarah manipulate their lives for her political image.

Posted by: bevjims1 | December 31, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

[quote]I want someone a thousand times smarter than I am to be handling our nation's challenges.[/quote]

And.......how many states do we have in the USA?

I would think that the choice to remove Bristol from school shows that her parents disapprove of her choice of having premarital sex, and thus do not think it needs to be seen in school around other "children". There is NOTHING wrong with this thinking.

I pray that no one decides to scrutinize everything I choose to do in life like many of you have done here. Are you perfect? Would you choose these same words to blast Obama's child if she was in the same situation? I would think not, but also would hope not. Leave these people to live their own lives lest the same happens to your family. What goes around....

Posted by: kathy1013 | January 1, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

They had nine months warning, and plenty of money. You'd think they could pick a name that would get him through middle school without being the target of every egotistical bully in the school!

Posted by: gkiltz | January 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Teaching only Abstinence in the schools (and in the homes) has proven to be a complete failure. Yet, that is the only thing these right wing Christians seem to feel is correct to teach. Their children end up having sex as much as their peers, but usually without protection-they do not know how to use that. Maybe parents and teachers should accept reality and teach what children should know.

Hopefully, Palin will not marry the father, go on to school and get a college education, where she can amount to something. It has happened-I have seen it.

Posted by: Channah | January 1, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What if we all choose to accept Bristol and Levi as they are--imperfections and all? They're just like us!!

And what if we decide not to judge them since it's not our job after all?

And what if we just celebrate their new baby and praise God for His gift of new life??!!

Posted by: myhearts4him | January 1, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Remember..Democrats that Senator Ted Kennedy, killed a young woman he was having an affair with in Massachussets,many yrs ago...she drowned in the waters, when he crashed his car,,being drunk of course.. and has never ever been held responsible for that crime..
As a Canadian, I welcome baby Tripp Johnston to our planet..congrats Sarah & Todd and Bristol and Levi..who HAVE done the right thing..and as a Canadian,I am proud to say, "Well done, Palin Family, well done"
Love, A Dugal

Posted by: anndugal | January 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin made this news when she announced that Bristol was 5 months pregnant before the RNC to dispute the rumours that Bristol was the mother of Trig and not her. Why throw your 17 year old to the press and public for scrutiny when you could have just provided a birth certificate for Trig and stopped the rumours completely? I believe it's more to this story and believe me when I say that the naked truth is always chasing a well-dressed lie.

Posted by: NoOneUNO | January 1, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

would hope that the U.S. would find more appropriate role models.

Posted by: ANetliner | December 30, 2008 1:32 AM
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I am so tired of the hate-mongering politics of late. Used to be we accepted that every person has at least one great flaw. Most have more than one. And a lot of little ones.

If we will not pull together as a country, we will not survive.

Posted by: NeedToKnow | January 1, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

At least the Palin's have a grandchild to hold and love. At least they didn't abort their grandchild. Think of all the aborted lives that never were given a chance to make a difference to others in the world and all that is lost by aborting a life. I would like to pass on to the entire Palin family my sincerest wishes for all the happiness in the world for them and their new child and grandchild.

Posted by: curious3 | January 2, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Having a baby so young wouldn't be a problem for left-wingers because they would have KILLED IT before it was ever known.

Posted by: rlhodge28 | January 3, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You want to talk about how bad teen pregency is but where do you get off. You just sold pictures of your grandson for big bucks. Are you really against? Why doesn't every teenage parent get that? Does every teen parent put their pants on one leg at a time. You are a joke.

Posted by: mal40 | January 4, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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