Associated Press, Yahoo News: The daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, a magazine reported Monday.
Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, People magazine reported online. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother, told the magazine that "the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well."
The governor's office said it would not release information because it considers the baby's birth a private, family matter. Palin family members, hospital employees and spokespeople for the governor's former running mate, John McCain, either would not confirm the birth or did not return messages from The Associated Press.
The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska's Wasilla High School. (More)
LSB: Where to start? In no particular order: (1) Why was this announced by PEOPLE magazine and not the local/state newspaper, especially if this was a "private, family matter?" Might the Palin 2012 Committee have had anything to do with this announcement? (2) How ironic that this birth by an unwed mother was announced the same weekend as the release of a large federal study that found "viriginity pledges" are ineffective. (3) I guess the theocrats are too busy worrying about "the gays" getting married to obsess about these two new parents becoming wed. (4) What baby name book are these people using? Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig... and now Tripp. These names are from a soap opera. (5) Wonder how often they'll take the baby to prison to visit Grandma Johnston. Ok, I'm done now.
UPDATE: MSNBC is reporting that the Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston may receive up to $300,000 for the first pictures of their son Tripp. [LSB: So that's why People got the announcement first. She learned quickly how to exploit her 15 minutes.]