Bristol Palin got engaged to a Marine veteran & Medal of Honor recipient

I'm definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes

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I know it’s going to sound like I’m throwing shade here, but I’m really not. I’m genuinely happy that Bristol Palin is engaged to a guy who is not Levi Johnson. I never really had a problem with Levi, mind you, but I just took the Levi-Bristol engagement/baby situation as further proof that the overwhelming majority of people should not spend their lives with their high school sweethearts. I also don’t think marriage and a baby should be “punishments” for having sex. Just FYI.

In any case, Bristol Palin is engaged (again), this time to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Marine veteran. Sgt. Meyer won the Medal of Honor in 2009 and judging him solely from his Instagram, he seems pretty down with conservative politics. Some might even think he has a life in politics as a future career goal, which means that marrying Palin princess Bristol would give him a big leg up in many conservative circles. For the record, Bristol is 24 years old (and her son, Tripp, is 6 years old) and Sgt. Meyer is 26. Eh. I still think they’re pretty young for all of this, but hey, I’d rather see a 24 and a 26 year old get married as opposed to two dumb (knocked up) 17-year-olds.

Bristol also posted a close-up of the ring. I can’t help it, I really enjoy a good halo setting. I don’t hate this ring at all! If Sgt. Meyer picked this out himself, he has pretty good taste. I wonder if they’re going to live in Alaska or Kentucky (which is where he’s from).



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  1. smcollins says:

    Best of luck to them, but I can’t help but wonder how long it’ll be before ole Sarah uses this for herself to remain in the political spotlight (“My son-in-law, a Medal of Honor recipient…”).

    • minx says:

      I would say in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

    • Bridget says:

      Considering that I can literally hear her saying that in my head, I don’t think it’ll be long. Which is funny considering that she has no actual political career.

      • minx says:

        Grifters gotta grift.

      • Bridget says:

        The Palin family and their sad sad grift cracks me up. The funny part is that there is a very high profile, well respected woman Republican from Alaska in the Senate. There’s just no room for the Palins and their nonsense.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Oh, so much truth here. She will use it like soap.

      • FLORC says:

        Ugh. Soon she’ll be tossing it around in every other sentence. Using it as a podium. And he willhave his own space on Fox News. Then the fighting stories will come out and both will be attacking each other in the press. There’s just a strong likelyhood of this unfolding this way given the Palin’s history.

        And you know there will be a reality show. I heard rumors it’s been quietly expressed as an option from camp Palin. This was from last week and that an engagement was to come.

        Meh. Stunt queen family.

    • Reece says:

      I bet it’s in the comments of the pictures.

    • SNAPPY says:

      I laughed so hard at the first picture! XD Bristol’s head seems to be placed strategically in front of the painting on the wall and it looks like it’s her actual ear….LMAO…she looks like a troll on that top pic xD that’s the first thing i noticed…
      Anyway, good luck to her…that’s all i have to say.

  2. JB says:

    She’s super tacky but I have to admit that’s a pretty ring and I appreciate her hairless knuckles in the photo. I’ll give her that much – most people look like they have troll hands in their engagement ring closeups.

    • Nerdmomma says:

      WHAT? Is this a new thing? It’s natural to have body hair on the hands. I know I do. Do people do some kind of hair removal on their hands now?

    • Gabriella says:

      As someone with “troll hands” and other “troll-ish” body parts (due to my Portuguese genes), first thing I noticed on that photo was the hairless knuckles. And you know what, I am getting tired of feeling like I must wax evey single body part of mine because of this “women should be hairless” thing. Not every woman is a hairless white girl, and that doesn’t make them “trolls” either. Please, stop hair-shaming!

      • JB says:

        Ack. I’m lol-ing at “hair-shaming” because I’ve never heard the phrase but you’re right. It’s totally my own issue with my own troll hands (trollish by virtue of having rheumatoid arthritis and being kind of gnarly). There was no facebook when I got engaged but I took a photo of my ring in the box to share with family because I just thought it was a nicer presentation than on my actual knobby knuckles. I don’t think women should be hairless by any means so I should have made my comment more gently. But I do stand by my opinion that most iphone engagement ring photos are unflattering for a whole cornucopia of reasons.

      • Mintessence (the original Minty) says:

        I agree, Gabriella. I’m also tired of people calling a guy “less than a man” if he waxes his chest, legs, etc. It’s all personal preference, yet I don’t see those same critics getting ecstatic about back hair or neckbeards on men. And while we’re on the subject, it’s actually more hygienic for men to shave their armpits, too. Hair traps bacteria, sweat, and odors. But hair shaming is silly. Both genders shouldn’t be defined by how much or how little hair they have.

        As for Bristol: congratulations and go away. Live your new life far from the spotlight.

      • Mauibound says:

        White girl here with hair on hands and a bit on feet. Yep, not hairless

      • Maria A. says:

        I read somewhere that if you don’t have any hair whatsoever on your feet, including the slightest of downy hair, then that could be a sign of health problems.

    • KarenJ503 says:

      Never noticed (or cared) about hair/hairless fingers or knuckles in that picture.

      But what DID get me to wonder is, why is Bristol’s pinkie finger so gnarly compared to how smooth her ring and other two fingers are? It makes me wonder what she’s been doing with that finger.

  3. Lilacflowers says:

    I wish every couple well when they start out but fact that Bristol Palin has never made an effort to get an education beyond high school, despite clearly having the resources to do so, or get an actual job with which to support herself and her child does not bode well for any marriage.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree.

    • Alex says:

      Being nosy, I looked him up on Wiki. He joined up right out of high school, and there is no mention of any further education. I was looking to see if he was employed right now, but no mention of it at all. I see ‘motivational speaker’ in his future??

      • Jen43 says:

        He ‘wrote’ a book which I tried to read, but couldn’t get through. It doesn’t surprise me that he married into the Palin family.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He was working in construction when he was awarded the Medal of Honor, not sure he still does that. He lost a job with a defense contractor and sued. They settled but there were allegations of mental instability and drinking as being the reasons for the termination. He has attempted suicide at least once. All of which is very sad. The young man gave tremendous service to this country but not sure the likes of Bristol Palin will give him the stability he needs.

      • Bridget says:

        But the fact that this guy has intentionally hooked up with the Palin family speaks volumes about what kind of person he really is.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      +1, you are so correct.

    • Baylor says:

      They reported that she got some certifications and works at a doctor’s office. Granted I think with her resources she could do something more “prestigious or meaningful,” but I don’t think she is hurting for money, etc…

    • Alicia says:

      Also, if what you posted above is true (his drinking, his suicide attempts), this marriage could be doomed from the start.

  4. NewWester says:

    Can you imagine having Sarah Palin as your mother in-law?

    • Jules says:

      Considering that he is interested in politics, he probably thinks it’s an advantage. He is just grifting on for the $$$ ride.

      • NewWester says:

        Good point, never looked at it that way

      • bettyrose says:

        Plus, we all know she can turn on the charm. He might have a wonderful relationship with her, in the brief time Sarah Palin’s been in his life.

      • AntiSocialButterfly says:

        My first thought was that he was really aiming for SP, ultimately- not sexually, just riding her tattered, tacky coattails.

      • Alicia says:

        I appreciate his service to the military but now that his military career is over, what better way to stay in the spotlight and jumpstart a political career than marrying Sarah Palin’s daughter. Hey, maybe it’s true love but it also smells of opportunism – they both gain from this. He gets his name out there and the Palins get a legit Medal of Honor winner they can parade around for their credibility.

      • Pandy says:

        Some advantage, ugh! Two losers united. Ah, my heart beats faster just typing it.

  5. Lottie says:

    Will this redeem Palin? Right wing seems to have had it up to here with her, so do you think this will get her back in their good graces and give her a second wind?

    • Kaley says:

      Sarah Palin is not redeemable nor is the dumb@ss who exposed us to her. Like honestly, I’ve never LIKED John McCain or agreed with him on anything but I could have respect for what he went through. Now…just no. He’s done. I hope whoever suggested her as a VP choice to him never works again.

    • Bridget says:

      Politically speaking, there’s no redemption for Palin. She bailed on AK midway through her governor term, and she majorly pissed off every one who actually had to work with her on the VP campaign. She’s D-O-N-E. For goodness sake, even Fox News got sick of her.

  6. dr mantis toboggan says:

    Can’t wait to see the camouflage-print thong wedding dress. The reception should be a right hootenany

    • Meow Mix says:

      As someone who lives in Kentucky, Please don’t move here. Please. We have enough conservative whack-a-doodles. Our quota has been filled.

  7. GingerCrunch says:

    This could be a fun one to watch. Bring it ON, Y’ALL!!!

  8. caitlin says:

    I don’t follow the comings and goings of the Palins but Bristol looks quite different from what I recall and Sarah has lost some weight. That’s all I got.

  9. msw says:

    Hope they are happy. On the shallow end– that is Na gorgeous ring. Not a fan of Bristol’s post-surgery face, she lost the character that made her cute.

  10. Size Does Matter says:

    He’s going to earn a whole different kind of medal.

  11. dr mantis toboggan says:

    So, Bristol from Alaska is taking a Tripp to Dakota in Kentucky. My atlas just exploded

  12. Amanda says:

    Why would a seemingly good man like him marry into that crazy family? Maybe he’s secretly nuts too.

    • Bridget says:

      All we know is that he’s a Medal of Honor recipient – that doesn’t automatically mean that he is a good man it means that he was a good soldier. He’s also willingly attached himself to the Palin family, who we know are definitely not good people.

    • Nerdmomma says:

      I think you nailed it. Sorry, a good guy is not going to marry into this family. I feel mean saying that but it’s true

    • Jayna says:

      Bristol is nice enough.

      But I did go on wiki to read more about one.

      To receive a Medal of Honor is a huge deal, as is the Purple Heart, he received, and he is a hero,. My uncle received a Medal of Honor. And to serve two deployments is someone to respect and gives him a maturity the average 26-year-old wouldn’t have as far as life experience and responsibility and discipline.

      But a year after the battle he received the MOH for, after drinking with friends, he took a glock out of his glove compartment and tried to kill himself. It turns out it wasn’t loaded. He sought help and was diagnosed with PTSD.

      He had worked for an defense contractor after, and sued them, saying he was punished for opposition to a weapons sale to Pakistan by them saying he had a drinking problem and called him unstable, thereby costing him his job. The parties settled out of court.

      I hope he has sorted out his problems regarding PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans who have served in war is not just hard on the veteran, but is also hard on their closest loved ones, like wives. That was four years ago, so, hopefully, the treatment really helped.

      She’s more mature than the average 24-year-old because she’s been a single mother raising her child, which is a lot of responsibility, especially since Trip was rarely around to help..

      I just hope they have been dating long enough to really know each other.

    • JH says:

      Check out his Instagram and you will understand and change your tune.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      Read some comments upthread about his troubled past.

  13. Brin says:

    Bristol Meyer(s).

    • Lucky Charm says:

      LOL! Good catch!!! I was left at Dr Mantis and coming up with more place names for their future children.

  14. Jaded says:

    I can see the wedding reception now – hundreds of cases of Bud and bourbon, a huge bust-up with bloodied noses and Bristol screaming profanities at everyone and Sarah blaming the Democrats. Ahhh good times, good times…..

  15. Jayna says:

    Interesting article with him last year in an interview with the Daily Beast.

    I do admire his ongoing support for vets and the problems they have coming back from war and advocating for them.

  16. bettyrose says:

    I wish them all the best, just as I would any young couple, but I find myself wondering what the children of other failed vice-presidential candidates are doing these days. We seem to hear so little about them.

    • Jayna says:

      She’s a failed governor, also, Quit halfway through her first term.

      What a joke she is.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Paul Ryan’s children are very young and not very newsworthy because of that. Cate Edwards made the news a bit when she stood by her father through his trial, and it looks like she’s a partner in a law firm now and people sometimes whisper about her going into politics at some point. The other Edwards kids are again pretty young. I don’t know anything about Joe Lieberman’s kids except that he has some.

      So…yeah…no reality stars in that bunch.

      • bettyrose says:

        Ha! Thanks, Lunchcoma. I’m so relieved to know that the children of our recent failed vice presidential candidates are mostly living uneventful, non-noteworthy lives. :-)

  17. JH says:

    Um, they’ve known each other for two months. Yeah, ok.

    • Jayna says:

      You’re kidding me. I posted above I hoped they had dated long enough to know each other. I was hoping for more than a year.

      Two months? He doesn’t even really know her child and had a chance to work out those dynamics, being with someone with a child.

      The odds are getting worse on this marriage lasting if they marry quickly, without a long engagement.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Wait, 2 months? I’m going to place bets on this wedding never happening.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      This is gonna be better than I expected! WoW!

      • JH says:

        It’s on his Instagram (yep, I’m a loser and checked it out). One pic says, “just met the Palins!” Two months later he posts that he proposed to miss chin-job. Shudder. Ugh. Yikes- all of the gross feelings.
        Getting “engaged” after two months is a desperate attention grab to stay in the “news.” So gross. And she literally looks disgusted when he touches her. Ha! Serves that whole family right.

    • Baylor says:

      She is saying they met a year ago. Maybe they have been only formally dating for 2 months?! God, I hope she isnt pregnant already. We can only wish them all the best.

    • Ange says:

      If he’s still struggling with PTSD he could be clinging on to the stability of the relationship without realizing it’s all honeymoon period still. Considering they both have their issues this is a pretty dumb move.

  18. WhiteQueen says:

    Best of luck!! They seem very well suited – conservative, down-to-earth, religious.

    My only thought was … what is it like being with someone who’s gone through so much and seen so much as this man? It’s all amazing and wonderful but I’m sure it affected his personality. I wish them both strength and patience!

  19. Joh says:

    He is going to run for office.

  20. Baylor says:

    Bristol did graduate high school. She was on the cover of a magazine with her baby when she graduated.

    Willow and Bristol have now both gone to and graduated from vocational school.

    Bristol says she has known him for a year. Maybe he says he meet the Palins as in the whole family.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if more gossip and drama resulted from all this. However, one can only wish them well.

  21. Anastasia says:

    I’m thinking this will be a marriage of convenience for many reasons.

    (If he’s out of the Marines, he’s no longer called Sgt.)