Bristol Palin’s baby daddy speaks

The father of Bristol Palin’s unborn child has finally spoken to the press after months of silence. Levi Johnston spoke to the Associated Press today. He generally came off as a nice, simple, slightly naive kid. When he talked about what kind of dad he’s going to be, he listed a few of the fun “guy” things, noting, “‘I’m going to take him hunting and fishing. He’ll be everywhere with me.’” I got the impression that he’s genuinely going to try his best, but that he doesn’t yet fully appreciate how much work that’s going to be.

Even though he seems like a pretty normal 18-year-old, I felt kind of torn between begrudgingly liking him and reminding myself that this is all still related to politics and thus he may have received coaching. Johnston recently dropped out of high school (he would have been a senior) to work as an apprentice electrician – presumably due to the impending birth of his child. The interview was kept pretty simple – there weren’t any deep, probing questions about his feelings or what Bristol’s long-term education plans are. But all in all I think he came across as a fairly decent kid – who’s got a lot to learn.

On rumors:
Levi Johnston, who’s having a baby with the daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, can’t believe all the things he’s hearing. No, he wasn’t held against his will on the campaign trail. No, he’s not being forced into a shotgun wedding with 17-year-old Bristol Palin. “None of that’s true,” Johnston, 18, said in a rare interview with The Associated Press…

On being told what to say:
He agreed to talk despite the presidential campaign’s advice in the days following Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination to avoid the media. “They’re not telling me anything right now,” Johnston said as he checked his Blackberry. “It’s pretty chill.” Not surprisingly, Johnston was a little shocked when he learned about Bristol’s pregnancy, but he says he quickly embraced the prospects of fatherhood.

On being a dad:
Johnston hinted he’s expecting a boy, but he declined to discuss baby names. “I’m looking forward to having him,” he said. “I’m going to take him hunting and fishing. He’ll be everywhere with me.”

On his MySpace page:
For starters, he said his much-maligned MySpace page was a joke — the one that claimed he said: “I’m a … redneck,” referring to a common stereotype of poor, rural, white Americans and “I don’t want kids.” Johnston said his friends created the page a few years ago, and he had nothing to do with it.

On getting married:
“We were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without the kid,” he said. “That was the plan from the start.” While Johnston provided few details about next summer’s wedding, the planning has started: A cousin will likely be his best man, and he has asked two hockey buddies, Ben Barber and Dane Wilson, to be groomsmen. Barber doesn’t think anyone pressured Johnston into marriage. “If he thought it wasn’t the right thing to do he probably wouldn’t do it,” he said.

On hunting and tattoos:
He’s hunted bears, sheep, elk, and caribou. Some of the antlers are scattered about his yard. Last July on a caribou hunt he lost a ring that Palin had given him. He said he decided to tattoo her name on the finger and not bother with more rings because he’d just lose them anyway.

On his image:
Johnston is an avid hunter. He’s dark haired, tall and muscular, sports a bit of stubble and drives a red Chevy Silverado truck. While Barber said his friend is a celebrity now, Johnston said it hasn’t changed him. “I’m still the same old boy,” said Johnston. “I’m just a workin’ man.”

[From the Daily News]

The thing that made me wonder if he’d been coached was his response to what he thought about Barack Obama. Johnston said “‘I don’t know anything about him. He seems like a good guy. I like him.’” I can’t think of a better answer. He also said he doesn’t know much about politics, so that’ll buy him out of most complex questions in the long run.

It’s hard not to wonder how much of Johnston’s personality is him and how much is really a campaign advisor. Either way, he came off as nice and decent, even if it didn’t exactly seem like he was disclosing his deepest feelings. Hopefully both he and Bristol will grow into being good parents.

 

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  1. Jody says:

    I don’t think too many 18-year-old guys have insanely deep feelings about politics.

  2. Leandra says:

    Ya right….what a bunch of BS….lol

  3. Kaiser says:

    I just feel bad for the kid – both him and Bristol. Two months of political expediency, a lifetime of regret.

  4. kim says:

    He sounds like every guy pre-baby. I mean, have you ever met a new parent (male or female) who isn’t a bit surprised/amazed at the amount of work and money it takes to be a dad/mom?

    Why don’t you just give the kid a break and give him credit for what he’s doing and what he’s saying? Just because he is looking forward to being a dad doesn’t mean he is naive. Just because he is white and hunts doesn’t mean he is a knuckle-dragging neaderthal who has to have help to put a coherent sentence together (And just because he is marrying a republican’s daughter doesn’t mean he is evil).

    I mean, I don’t see the harm in taking him at his word and hoping him and Bristol make it. Why go out of your way to criticize someone and pass judgement on them when you don’t have to?

  5. elisha says:

    Considering they reealllly didn’t want him to talk, I doubt he was coached. His coaching consisted of “don’t talk, don’t talk, don’t you dare effin’ talk.”

  6. kim says:

    Kaiser said: “I just feel bad for the kid – both him and Bristol. Two months of political expediency, a lifetime of regret.”

    I know a 36 year old man who still deeply regrets an abortion his ex-wife had when they were first dating. Even though he went through an ugly divorce with the gal, he still mourns that he passed up fatherhood for a Jag. I have also read essays by women who are still questioning their decision to abort when they are in their 40′s.

    Lifetime of regret? For some reason I seriously doubt that either of them will ever look at their kid and think “Gee, I really really wish I would have aborted this guy. What was I thinking?”

  7. Jess says:

    “Lifetime of regret? For some reason I seriously doubt that either of them will ever look at their kid and think “Gee, I really really wish I would have aborted this guy. What was I thinking?”

    Well if Palin gets in, she’ll make sure to it that no one even has that choice anymore. You betcha!

  8. kim says:

    Jess said: “Well if Palin gets in, she’ll make sure to it that no one even has that choice anymore. You betcha!”

    Oh yeah, because the Vice President wields SOOOOO much power! I mean, they are practically a dictator for life.

    Get real. The only thing that would repeal abortion rights would be a pro-life congress, president, AND supreme court.

    Not happening any time soon.

  9. McKenna says:

    We were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without THE KID

    Seriously? what father calls his unborn child “the kid”?

  10. Cindy Kennedy says:

    He said he was a redneck, its the truth.

    Sarah Palin is a redneck – a dyed-in-the-wool, certified podunk redneck.

  11. Jess says:

    “Seriously? what father calls his unborn child “the kid”?”

    A dullard who just had his fate sealed by making a dumb mistake. Who knows, maybe he suspects it’s not really his but with the nuts in that family, he feels he has no other option.

  12. Jess says:

    “Get real. The only thing that would repeal abortion rights would be a pro-life congress, president, AND supreme court.”

    It’s just not abortion that threatens these Palin types though anymore. Fundies are now claiming that even birth control is on the same level evil as abortions. Seriously!

    I’m just waiting to hear them say that menstruation is the evil too because it flushes out a precious egg and uterine lining. OH NOES!!!

  13. wow says:

    Hey I dated a guy in his 30′s who still mourned the loss of his teenage love who was pregnant (and had an abortion without telling him). He went on to become a highly rich successful guy but couldn’t stop thinking about what could have been.

  14. lanette says:

    PALIN scares me…mcpain scares me…

  15. daisy424 says:

    Jess you need to read a book and fast :roll:

  16. kim says:

    Jess said: “It’s just not abortion that threatens these Palin types though anymore. Fundies are now claiming that even birth control is on the same level evil as abortions. Seriously!”

    There are also pro-choice people who see absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to have an abortion during the third trimester by inducing labor and then smothering the baby, as we all well know from all the talk about the Obama’s past voting record.

    However, I’m betting that MOST pro-choice people consider this an extreme view and would not choose to do it themselves because they believe it is wrong.

    Both sides have a small percentage of extremists that the rest disagree with. To claim that pro-lifers want to prevent women from using birth-control like saying that pro-choicers want to prevent any babies from being born at all!

  17. Abby says:

    what the hell is going on with bristol’s chest in that grey-dress pic??!!?!

  18. hannabanana says:

    I think he sounds like a semi-polite, decent young kid. Even considering the lack of judgment he and Bristol displayed, but at least they’re acting like little adults about it. Good on them.

  19. Hollz says:

    how long have these two been together?

  20. Hollz says:

    I was gonna ask as well, I don’t remember it being that… massive?

  21. palin's prom date says:

    who was the speech writer for this one? What 17 year old man wants to get tied down to a wife and “KID”. If this boy were honest, he would say that he doesn’t want to get married and can’t handle the responsibilty of a baby. I feel sorry for the “KID”….

    Keep your pecker in your pants next time buddy…especially if your future mother-in-law is Palin…She’s the one that’s got you by the cajones buster.

  22. jess says:

    i think im going to have to come up with a new name or use my full name, since there is also another jess who comments here, and i dont usually agree…

  23. Bodhi says:

    He sounds like every other dumb 17 yr. old guy in America. I’ve no doubt that he was coached in some way, the campaign would never have let him talk to anyone without some “guidance”.

    I know several couples who got married just because they got pregnant & went through the most awful, traumatic divorces I’ve ever seen.

    In no way, shape or form do I think that Bristol should be told what to do with or about her child, but I do think that she & Levi should hold off on the getting hitched part until they really figure out which way is up.

  24. vdantev says:

    It’s been my opinion that the Fundies and GOP just want more babies so they can grow up to be dead soldiers in some third world desert country . Abortion may be reprehensible, but the most logical solution is to have the choice. It’s not like they are tossing mothers on conveyor belts and aborting babies. Removing the right to choose will not eliminate abortion, only put it back underground and then we’ll have women dying from infections from dirty back-alley jobs as it was in before Roe v. Wade.

  25. Jess says:

    Well, I just hope Palin never gets to the helm of power, that’s all. Making women pay for their own rape kits is horrible enough (yes, she did this). But denying all who are pregnant and want an abortion–including victims of rape and incest is just beyond me. She’s inept and scary, and that is a dangerous combination.

  26. Orangeitjulius says:

    Well-put vdantev. I just read an article by a guy who’d been a gynecologist for 38 years and he’d seen some horrific injuries from all sorts of implements used to abort.

  27. Kaiser says:

    Daisy – WTF? It is a fact that Republicans are trying to limit a woman’s right of choice – even when that choice is contraception. Jess is completely right, and telling him/her to “read a book” is extremely condescending and factually wrong. The fundamentalist Christians/Republicans in the South and Mid-West are trying to limit a woman’s access to RU-486 and birth control pills.

    @Kim – the “two months of political expediency” I was referring to was the haphazard announcement of Bristol’s pregnancy and engagement. I don’t so much blame Bristol and this guy – I blame the McCain campaign for picking Palin and forcing these kids into the spotlight.

  28. BABS81 says:

    Palin has raised some great kids…apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

  29. daisy424 says:

    Kaiser, Condescending? Glad to see I got my point across :D

  30. Kaiser says:

    I’m still not following, Daisy, but I don’t want to fight with you. :cry:

  31. Britney says:

    I don’t agree with the first comment. I know many friends around that age that is really interested in politics stuff… :-)