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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Sarah Palin's daughter: A Momma too soon



It's been a whirlwind weekend for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. A week ago, this mother of five was a virtual unknown and now she is the Republican vice presidential candidate. She also was at the center of Internet buzz all weekend that said she was not the mother of four-month-old baby Trig but was instead his grandmother. It was rumored  that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol was the mother of Trig, who has Down's syndrome.

Mom_bristolpalin_2 Well add this to the whirlwind: The McCain-Palin campaign announced on Labor Day that Bristol wasn't pregnant before -- but she is now. In a brief statement, her mother said that she is  keeping her baby and is marrying her baby daddy, a young man identified only as Levi.

Now, this is a difficult time for any Momma. We all have such hopes and dreams for our kids. We all believe we will stand behind them no matter what and that is what Palin says her family will do for Bristol: "As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support."

Still, it's a heartbreaker. No one wants their 17-year-old daughter to be a Momma too soon.

Now, I'm sure this will not stop those out there who are digging for dirt on Palin. But maybe we should leave the kid alone since she was born into the spotlight and didn't go looking for it. Said GOP strategist Steve Schmidt: "Life happens in families. I think that if people try to politicize this, the American people will be appalled by it."

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama seems to be in that camp saying, “my mother had me when she was 18. How a family deals with issues and teen-age children — that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics. So, I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories.”

-- Sherry Robinson

[Photo: Associated Press -- Bristol Palin, left, holding her infant brother, is five months pregnant, her mother says.]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:56am]


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