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Thursday, January 01, 2009

In The Heady Days Leading Up To New Year

I forgot to post one of the most wonderful bits of news for those here, who know my regard for Governor Sarah Palin.

She became a granny on December 27, 2008.

Her eldest daughter, Bristol, the girl who was smeared by a million disgusting tongues when her mother was a Vice-Presidential candidate, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston -- continuing the tradition of his uncle Trig's three-barrelled Christian names before his surname, a common practise in Britain, but unusual for the two-named Americans -- was born in Palmer, Alaska and weighed in a very healthy 7 lbs 4 oz.

(I was 7 lbs 1 oz, and almost 22 inches long. My mother, when they put me in her arms the first time, remarked that she felt she was given a torpedo to hold)

His auntie Colleen Jones remarked:

"The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

Other than that, there has yet been no official word from Governor Palin herself, and I don't blame her. I would give no one, let alone the mentally diseased like Andrew Sullivan, any kind of satisfaction after the unbelievable rumours attached to both her and her daughter's pregnancies.

I knew politics was dirty, but just how much, and to what extent it was amongst each respective's Party's supporters, came as one of the greatest eye-openers of my life. Though an Historian, who has read her fair share of scurrilous rumours of every kind, I confess, I didn't know such malice existed, directed towards a practically newborn baby, until then.

I can only pray that little Tripp (whose name reminds one that of the super-snoop Democrats love to hate, Linda Tripp) doesn't have to undergo the same rank foulness directed towards his mother, uncle, and grandmother.

We live in hope in 2009.

ADDENDUM: Actually, after stating that this birth was a private family matter, Governor Palin has issued an official communiqué in the State of Alaska website:

Governor Sarah Palin Welcomes Her First Grandchild

December 31, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin has welcomed her first grandchild, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, born to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston on December 27.

“We are over the moon with the arrival of this healthy, beautiful baby,” Governor Palin said. “The road ahead for this young couple will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. 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?”

Bristol Palin said she “obviously discourages” teen pregnancy and knows that plans she previously made for herself will now forever be changed. “Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with – this isn’t ideal. 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.”

Bristol begins her final semester of high school next week where she’ll get her last credit needed to graduate. She looks forward to continuing her record of good grades and high achievement. Levi is continuing his online high school work in addition to working as an electrical apprentice on the North Slope.

Bill McAllister, the governor’s office communications director, adds: "The governor's office previously declined to comment to honor the family's wishes that the event remain as private as possible. However, the high volume of press inquiries, along with some erroneous information that was published, prompted the governor to make a statement."

In a phone interview, the Governor said that the rumours about Levi and Bristol being high school dropouts were awful, and hurt their chances for future employment.

They were, and I quote, "working their butts off".

No other politician in America is this refreshingly frank. May none of them ever change.

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