When Sarah introduced herself to the country from Ohio on August 29, 2008, she presented four members of her family as well -- husband Todd, daughters Bristol, Willow and Piper, and baby Trig. Bristol was wearing a burp-cloth and nestling Trig during Sarah's speech (video).
Immediately, the Internet began buzzing about rumors (that had already persisted for many months in Alaska) suggesting Bristol was the one who had been pregnant with Trig, not Sarah.
(Sarah had made her surprise announcement that she was 7 months pregnant on March 4, 2008, so her attempt to dispel rumors that Bill McAllister may have heard would have been earlier -- February? January?)McAllister was an Anchorage TV reporter before working for Palin. He said Palin once approached him - before people knew she was pregnant - assuming he'd been hearing rumors."She said it's not true about Bristol," McAllister said.At the time, the rumor would have been that Palin's daughter was pregnant.
Three days after Sarah's entrance on the national stage, through a statement released by the McCain campaign on 9-1-2008, Sarah acknowledged that one rumor was, at least sort of, true. Bristol was expecting a baby. She was "about 5 months along," according to an aide who asked not to be named (CNN). The campaign said this news was released in order to squelch the other rumor that Sarah was not Trig's biological mother. Someone who gave birth 4-1/2 months ago could not also be 5 months pregnant.
At that time, the Internet storm subsided somewhat and people took a "wait and see" approach. Would Bristol deliver on or about her (first announced) due date of December 18?
It turns out that there has been a birth - maybe. All the media outlets who picked up on the story referred to People Magazine as the source. According to People, Bristol's great-aunt (who lives in Washington State) got an e-mail from Bristol's grandfather, Chuck Heath, saying that Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston on Sunday, December 28, 2008 and weighed 7lbs 4oz. The date and birth weight shifted a bit over the next few days and is now reported as taking place on Saturday, December 27, 2008 / 7lbs 7oz. The same issue of People tried to get a statement from Sarah.
Bill McAllister, a spokesman for Gov. Palin said, "This office will not be issuing any statements on [Bristol's baby]. We’re here to talk about state government and that matter falls outside of that." (People Magazine)However, the Alaska State Web site did publish a news release about the birth on New Year's Eve, 12-31-2008. Here's Bill McAllister again:
The governor's office previously declined to comment to honor the family's wishes that the event remain as private as possible. However, the high volume of press inquiries, along with some erroneous information that was published, prompted the governor to make a statement. (AK.US Press Archive)The people who were waiting and seeing since September 1, 2008, are still waiting but not seeing anything yet. Where's Tripp?