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Levi Johnston, father of the year? Not likely, but he may be preparing to be a worthy candidate by next year's paternal celebration. When news recently broke that Levi Johnston and his ex, America's number one teen/single mom, Bristol Palin, had gotten back together, it surprised many people. But the former couple, who broke their engagement in March 2009, were quick to make joint statements denying a reunion and confirming only that they'd put their differences aside to be better parents to son Tripp, 17 mos.
But their denial of the reconciliation itself wasn't as shocking as Johnston's unusually mature words to Radaronline.com -- the normally rebellious and infamous ex fiancé-in-law of Sarah Palin said, "Nothing is more important than our son Tripp. We are taking active steps to work cooperatively in raising him, and in sharing the joys -- and challenges -- of parenthood."
Really? Is this the same Levi Johnston who battled for custody and then publicly bad-mouthed both Bristol and her mother to anyone who would listen? The same buff Alaskan who posed for Playgirl and hung out with the ultimate self-proclaimed queen of the D-list, Kathy Griffin? The same guy who Bristol described to Harper's Bazaar last month as "a stranger to me?" That guy?
So what's up with the "new and improved" Levi? Is he walking around with a copy of "What to expect when you've pretty much missed the first 17 months because you're a media hog"? Is his turnaround a ploy to extend his fifteen minutes in the spotlight that faded last year? Has Sarah Palin offered him a lucrative deal to make nice and improve the family's image for the 2012 election? Or is he actually sincere about doing what most of us parents have to do eventually -- grow up!
Here's hoping that Johnston, no longer a teen, has actually matured and realizes the difference he could make in his son's life by keeping the peace both privately and publicly. I don't doubt that Levi loves his son, but he cannot deny that his past actions have not been that of a concerned and dedicated parent. I do doubt that Levi is expecting to unwrap a mug this upcoming Father's Day with " World's Greatest Dad" on it, but if Johnston is genuine in his decision to actively take steps to raise his son --challenges and all -- he may be drinking coffee out of that trophy cup next year!
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