This is the most bizarre article I’ve read in quite some time. Levi Johnston finally breaks his silence and discusses his upcoming marriage to Bristol Palin, his soon-to-be fatherhood, his future mother-in-law and Barack Obama.
Author Adam Goldman wrote this for the Associate Press, but it reminded me of a fluff magazine article that a public relations person organized for a celebrity who need to improve his image. This article has a happy feel-good angle to it, which just doesn’t sit right.
Truth be told, there are far worse things that could happen to an 18-year old high school dropout. Seriously. He’ll be marrying into a family that does have money, even though we are being led to believe that the Palin’s are in the same financial stratosphere as most small town Americans. They also have power. Regardless of what happens in this election, Palin is still the governor of Alaska and in case of defeat, a strong contender for the GOP nomination in 2012.
Johnston was ‘a little shocked.’ Only a little shocked?
When you ask a man about his future son, they always say ‘I’m going to play ball with him.’ That is actually something I find interesting about Alaskans. Johnston will take his son hunting and fishing.
Goldman referred to Johnston as ‘a Wasilla heartthrob.’ This supports my theory that this is a PR piece in order to try to make this marriage more of a warm, touching, all-American story. ‘The teen heartthrob and the governor’s daughter.’ Awwww.
With regards to the MySpace page: I saw it when the rumors of the boyfriend began. I wish I would have copied it because they were stunning. Having 2 high school children, I had spent my time reviewing MySpace pages of my kids, their friends, and their friends’ friends. With child predators out there, I wanted to make sure that my kids weren’t going to fall prey to the worst in society.
But that is off-the-point. I have read some kids’ pages that sounded like that. It was beat-the-chest tough guy talk. Like, I mentioned, I saw his page and I have to say that it really did come off as thug-like but I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was messing around with the page creating that tough persona.
I have to say, that I am surprised this section even made it past an editor. In fact, like I’ve said, this shouldn’t even be an AP story but a People magazine piece.
How endearing. Without question, these are my favorite 2 paragraphs in this story. It’s almost as if Goldman has a crush on Johnston. “He’s dark haired, tall and muscular, sports a bit of stubble and drives a red Chevy Silverado truck.”
I’ve seen the video of McCain meeting Johnston. This description comes off as pure fantasy.
“He’s bagged bear, sheep, elk and caribou.” I love Goldman’s use of ‘bagged.’
The antlers scattered about his yard is reminiscent of when I’ve white water rafted in North Carolina and Tennessee and saw appliances in the yard.
Goldman’s addition of the tattoo of love touched me and brought a tear to my eye.
Johnston is just a “workin’ man.” Actually he was a student. Now he is a high school dropout forced out of school because he got his teenage girlfriend pregnant. This story would have such a different spin if it was a Democratic VP candidate.
I’m not posting this to judge Johnston, which is why I refrained from posting about his MySpace page earlier. I read this article and was taken by the spin Goldman put on this. It is disgraceful that the AP released this rather than sell it to US magazine.
How early did they send out invitations? The article stated that the wedding will be next summer, though I had read earlier that it was going to occur just before the election.
Notice how coach Sturdevant suggests that Johnston will ‘find his way.’ That implies that Johnston is not anywhere near what is claimed in this article.
“He’s taking everything in stride.” Is the coach referring to the wedding, the baby, the race to the White House, the new-found fame or fact that he had to drop-out of school to take a job? I wonder what Johnston’s parents are saying about all of this. He’s 18. If my 18-year old son was in this situation, you better be sure that I’ll have something to say about it as would his mother.
“He wasn’t an expert on politics by any stretch.” Just like his future mother-in-law? (Okay, I know that was a cheap shot.)
He doesn’t know anything about Obama. Nice job with that talking point. He likes him? His future mother-in-law implies that she is scared of him. Oh, oh. Wonder what the campaign will say about this?
Isn’t that sweet?