At first, most of my friends didn’t get it. Luckily, I’d paid enough attention to the ridiculous run-up to last year’s election to be able to explain to them why this timid young man’s appearance in a Wonderful Pistachios commercial was so hysterical.
For those of you who have missed it, here you go:
Except for the Alaska t-shirt and a muffled "How’s the baby," many normal, non-news-junky Americans might have missed that this is Levi Johnston, the young man lucky enough to impregnate the governor’s daughter–just before the governor became the vice-presidential nominee for the Republican party.
Sex. Abortion. Parenthood. Power.
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The UK’s Telegraph had a blunt take on the last time he was on national television. As you may remember, things didn’t go so well.
"He made an uncomfortable appearance alongside Bristol at the Republican convention in Minnesota as strategists sought to limit the damage to Mrs Palin’s campaign from having an illegitimate grandchild."
And according to that paper, this isn’t his only foray into the media spotlight since he and Bristol split last spring.
"In an interview with Vanity Fair last month he said that he would consider posing naked for Playgirl, the male equivalent of the adult magazine Playboy."
Looks like he’s bounced back just fine.