Sarah Palin's biggest fear upon learning she would become John McCain's V.P. running mate last year was that people would learn about the D she once got.
That third-grade reading class was brutal!
Jokes aside, she told Oprah Winfrey in her much-anticipated interview how she thought the grade "would be the extent of the controversy" surrounding her.
But, as the former Alaska governor details in her autobiography, Going Rogue, the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, Bristol Palin, would soon hit the fan.
Bristol was "devastated" the world knew Levi Johnston got her pregnant, and Sarah Palin told Winfrey she was "naive" to think the media would leave her alone.
The father of Bristol's baby, who's set to pose nude in Playgirl, has caused Sarah much duress: "It's heartbreaking to see the road he is on now," she says.
Bristol Palin, she said, is doing "an amazing job," as a mom, living at home while going to college and working, and is trying to set an example to her sisters and other young women that "there are consequences to unprotected sex."
Those being babies, and absentee dads who pose nude in Playgirl while trashing your mom to any media outlet that will listen. Keep the legs closed, girls!
On her own pregnancy with Trig, who Levi says she mocked for his Down Syndrome, Palin said she gained understanding of women contemplating abortion.
"It was easy to understand why a woman would feel it's easier to just do away with a less than ideal circumstance, to do away with the problem," she said.
She said she knew for three weeks about the pregnancy before telling husband Todd. "He had probably a better reaction," she said. "I was more frightened."
Palin told Winfrey that after the 2008 loss, she called it quits as Alaska Governor because she knew she wasn't going to run again, and couldn't do her job.
"Alaska was being hampered by my presence there," she said. "I wasn't able to talk about issues that were important or an ethics violation would be filed."
She was cagey when asked if she planned a presidential run in 2012, as many have speculated, saying, "I don't know what I'm going to be doing then."
She also didn't answer when asked if she planned to host a talk show. "Oprah, you are the queen of talk shows," Palin said. "There's nothing to worry about."
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