Juicy Gossip! – Levi Johnston Tells All About Sarah Palin

September 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

Not that anyone is really surprised, but the Palin home is your typical family. Parents who bicker, older children taking care of younger children while parents are overstressed from having too many to handle. I will say, this one anecdote, though, is rather disturbing:

After Tripp was born, Sarah would pay more attention to our son than she would to her own baby, Trig. Sarah has a weird sense of humor. When she came home from work, Bristol and I would be holding Trig and Tripp. Sarah would call Trig—who was born with Down syndrome—“my little Down’s baby.” But I couldn’t believe it when she would come over to us and sometimes say, playing around, “No, I don’t want the retarded baby—I want the other one,” and pick up Tripp. That was just her—even her kids were used to it.
Sarah didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to Trig. The special-needs baby got special love from Bristol, the rest of the kids, me, and Todd, who was always playing with Trig when he could. Sarah had people coming over to do his physical therapy, but when she came home from work, she’d tell Bristol she was too tired to take care of him. She’d walk in the door, give him a kiss, and act happy for 10 seconds before hibernating in her room until the next day started. Bristol and I would have Trig until 11 p.m., when we’d put him in his crib. Sarah went to bed between 9 and 10 p.m. Once the election started, they had a lady there taking care of Trig the whole time. From being with Bristol when she watched Trig, I became quite familiar with babies before I had mine.

It’s not easy taking care of a special needs child like one with Down’s Syndrome. And it will indeed tax the energy and will of the parent who has to care for that child, but this kind of joking around is, well, disturbing.



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  1. Parents and families with special needs children each do things their own way. Coping with the “Loss of the Ideal Child” is unique to each person. Tough to judge others based on minimal hearsay evidence. I can only imagine how others have judged my parenting. My best wishes to the Palin family as they have many challenges in raising this young child. Dr. Stephen Trudeau

  2. And we believe Levi’s version of things because…?

  3. Tara,

    Do I believe Levi’s version? Only as far as I can throw him. His account here feels real. He may have embellished some parts, but I get the feeling most of what he said occurred in some fashion.

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