Can You Say, Mixed Message?

Sarah Palin would like you to know that Bristol and Levi are not high school dropouts. They are “working their butts off” to finish high school and to earn money to support just-born Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston (emphasis mine):

“Bristol begins her final semester of high school next week where she’ll get her last credit needed to graduate,” the statement said. “Levi is continuing his online high school work in addition to working as an electrical apprentice on the North Slope.”

In the statement, Palin also commented on the her daughter and Johnston’s new parenthood. Her daughter, Bristol, gave birth Saturday to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. The statement ended with Palin’s preference to keep the baby a private, family matter.

“We are over the moon,” she said about her new grandson.

“The road ahead for this young couple will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy,” Palin said. “Bristol and Levi are committed to accomplish what millions of other young parents have accomplished, to provide a loving and secure environment for their child. They are both hard workers, they’re very strong, and have faith they’ve made the right decision in setting aside their own interests to make this child their highest priority.”

Palin added: “When Bristol and Levi first told us the shocking news that she was pregnant, to be honest, we all at first looked at the situation with some fear and a bit of despair. Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”

Apparently,  Palin found it prudent to add a disclaimer, in the form of a quote from Bristol (emphasis mine):

The statement from the governor’s office also quotes Bristol Palin, saying the 18-year-old “obviously discourages” teen pregnancy.

“Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with — this isn’t ideal,” Bristol said in the statement. “But I’m fortunate to have a supportive family which is dealing with this together. Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can’t imagine life without him now.”

Is it just me, or does this “discouragement” of teen pregnancy sound less than convincing?

2 Responses to “Can You Say, Mixed Message?”

  1. Chris says:

    While I was reading this I couldn’t get that Sheryl Crow song “My Favorite Mistake” out of my head.

    but seriously, I wish the mainstream media would stop with the Sarah Palin stories. I just want to check the news without hearing about the day in and day outs of her life. If I wanted celebrity gossip, I would go to TMZ, but that’s the media for you I suppose.

  2. Kathy says:

    Yeah, I know. I would have skipped this story, but teen pregnancy is a serious issue, especially with rates of child poverty and abuse increasing — and this woman does not help.

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