Stars Earn Stripes: Go, Dad!

Stars Earn Stripes: Go, Dad! August 14, 2012

When I heard my dad was going to be on the cast of Stars Earn Stripes, I was excited that he was getting the chance to play for $100,000 for his charity, Armed Services YMCA Alaska.  Plus, I was happy for America to see him in action. After all, I’ve described him as a man who can rebuild a snow machine with one hand tied behind his back, a father who can wrestle with Trig on the floor, and an attentive dad who can braid Piper’s hair for basketball practice.  What can he not do?

So, did you see the show?! The celebrities were divided into squads and had to perform the same assault task, which included helicopters, guns, grenades, mud, and destroying weapons.  Dad was assigned a Marine, who’s now a New York City police officer!  Their squad got delayed when his celebrity team member struggled in the water, with his waterlogged gear. With one man down, Dad activated.

He shimmied through mud under barbed wire so fast that he had already finished the obstacle while the others were just beginning.

The other squads watched on a monitor from another location, amazed at his capability.

“He’s Rambo, he’s straight up Rambo,” said Chris Kyle. “Next time I’m in a war, I want Todd Palin on my side.”

Then, Chris added, “He was the first one on the boat, the first one under the wire, and about the time the rest of the guys were getting through, he already had the crate. You don’t need anyone else,” he said.  “Forget Chuck Norris, send in Todd Palin.”

Dad always directed attention to his charity and to cheer up other contestants who didn’t fare as well.

I know, I know.  The show wasn’t designed to introduce the world to Todd Palin. But it does seem designed to make viewers appreciate the United States military.  After all, the tasks the celebrities are engaging in are actually the types of operations soldiers perform every day.  In a touching moment, one of the celebrities asked her operative if he’d ever killed anyone.

He answered, “We really don’t talk about that kind of stuff.”

In fact, the show seemed to be a fun way to introduce the nation to soldiers whose missions have been anything but fun.

And I’m so glad that America got to see what I already know – my dad is the man!

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  • Phyllis Swarner

    Figured Todd was the only “celebrity” that had ever shot a gun!! He looked really good~!

  • Michael Mills

    He did an awesome job. I’m so glad he advanced to the next round. I hope he wins.

  • I loved the show your dad is awesome. I only watched because he was on the show, I will continue to watch as long as he is still on the show. GOOOO Dad Love that guy.

  • Jes

    What channel does this air on? I havent even seen it advertised! 🙁 I love the Palin family and would love to see your Dad in action on this show!! 🙂

    • The same channel that had the olympics on in your area here in PA it was channel 11

  • Gilly

    “the show seemed to be a fun way to introduce the nation to soldiers whose missions have been anything but fun.” You have got to be kidding me. Could you sound anymore condescending? America doesn’t need your father or a reality tv show to “introduce” us to the dangers and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. And here’s a “reality” check for you…not everyone worships your father like you do.

    • hrh

      Having a bad day?

      Why else visit the blog of someone you obviously don’t like just so you can spend some time hating on her and her family?

      Your life is more important than that.

      Why not go out and find your calling? Find the positive uplifting thing you can do that helps others and leaves the world a better place.

      Cuz this ain’t it.

      • Maggie Garritson – Alaska

        I second the motion!
        The show was great! Looking forward for the next episode.

      • Gilly

        Having a great day HRH! I see that you’ve tried unsuccessfully to use reverse psychology many times here. I admire your perseverance 🙂

    • Manny

      Makes a lot more sense than most reality shows. I enjoyed it and he did an awesome job.

    • Surly Curmudgen

      I think rather highly of the Palins. They display great class despite the hatred displayed by so many like yourself. Myself, being a Surly Curmudgeon, would view such posts as fighting words and respond accordingly.

  • Yea go First Dude.

  • joyce blackwell

    Your Dad is not only amazing, but humble also.

  • Lakerfanalways

    Your Dad is AMAZING. WOW seriously BAD ASS. No one mess with Todd Palin, he is a warrior!! I hope he wins the whole thing, I think he really can. Bristol, tell your Dad to keep it up we are all pulling for him, he ROCKS!!!

  • kim

    Absolutely loved the show. Your dad was amazing I hope he wins.

  • Sherri

    Your Dad did an amazing job last night! I was so impressed with him. I hope he stays on and wins because I do not watch NBC and will not watch if he leaves. I love the show!

  • Susan Smith

    Too Bad “Gilly” lives in a bubble and doesn’t realize that people absolutely DO NEED (and want) to be introduced to what our brave servicemen and women experience. I was on your Mom’s FB page during the NBC show and the comments in awe of your Dad, the marines, the seals, etc, were overwhelming. There were numerous posts by women whose husbands are now serving and they were thrilled that people watching SES could see the trials servicepeople courageously face, some on a daily basis. The men went wild posting like crazy, complimenting your Dad’s strength, courage, tenacity, perseverance and kindness in going back to encourage that guy who couldn’t finish the task. “Rambo with Heart!”
    One man wrote that he and his wife watched with their children and were so glad that their kids saw how your Dad finished the task, because they are always trying to teach their children to finish what they start, in spite of obstacles or set-backs. Your Dad’s the Man and my family can’t wait for next week’s show!

    • Gilly

      No “Susan” I don’t live in a bubble at all. I have many family members who have served and I know full well their sacrifice. I also know that the purpose of this show should NOT be about the Palin family and their never ending quest for fame and attention.

      • Bree Merr

        My husband and I watched the show and was so inspired by all of the players. The challenges the military meet is amazing and we are so proud of them. This show is not about Todd Palin but we can admire his grit and tenacity. Anyone with a habit of wanting to be negative will always find something. Anyone that wants to appreciate the positive will not have to look hard. Great show!!!

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  • Misty

    It was a fun show Bristol!

  • Susan Smith

    Poeople on FB also wrote they wished your Dad had a fan page of his own, he rocks!

  • Suzy Garoutte

    Didn’t get to see the show but we are recording them to watch later, mostly because Todd Palin is in it. Love the Palins, a true patriot family.

  • I had no idea he was on that show! I didn’t even have a interest in watching it…until now! Is the show a series?? Will he be on again or was a one time guest spot?
    Good luck with DWTS!

  • Your Dad did awesome!!! Great show. I hope he wins the $100,00 for his charity.

  • That he is! Awesome performance! A great show all around, but I mainly watched it because of Todd. Can’t wait to see next week’s show!

  • Sue Lynn

    Fantastic!!! Todd Palin ROCKS!!!!!!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    He had Chuck cheering him on, He, He, He,. I can not say forget Chuck as of yet. But yea Todd has proven himself against the HollyWood set and he is I tough dude. I am so tempted to say something but I will hold my words, darn it is hard not too.

  • henry

    Ya know, just by the way you talk about your dad I know two things about your family. One you love and respect your dad. And dispite past error in judgement, something we all have no matter who we are. He did a primo job raising you. Even though at times you may have had your doubts.

  • Carla Shaffer

    What time & night is it on(Stars earn Stripes)? I would love to watch it. It sounds like another reality show. I live in WA state

  • Thomas

    Show was so phony, it sucked.

  • Thomas

    ratings were the worst of the new shows airing

  • C

    The show was EPIC! Loved watching our military/law enforcement be honored and recognized, but I was cheering my head off when your dad showed the other civilians how to “Git ‘er done!” Todd Palin RAWKS! Can’t wait for next week.

  • Kim

    Our family watched Stars Earn Stripes last night and loved it! I only hope it’s over before DWTS, I don’t want to have to choose between the two 😉 It looks like DWTS has an excellent cast this season. BTW…good luck, Bristol, we’ll be cheering for you and Mark!

  • robhart

    Todd is GAME ON! 24/7…….an American who cares……Go Todd!!

  • mytorpor

    Missed your Dad’s show last night, but I’m going to watch the re-run tonight. The highlights I saw today looked awesome. I have a son who did two tours in Iraq and is serving now in Afghanistan, so my family has a great love and appreciation for all our military does and the sacrifices their families make for this wonderful country.

  • Lea

    Your dad rocked! My hubby (Army Ranger) and I sat and watched the show and agreed Todd Palin was easily the best part of it! 🙂

  • Jake

    Bristol, your dad made me even prouder to be a Veteran. Rooting for Todd all the way.

  • Jess

    Bristol, your dad rocked it! I was cheering for him and he did not disappoint! I can’t wait for the next show!

  • Mialei

    Bristol – is it a bad thing for me to hold my breath for two hours???? I liked the show – but those explosions were a little unnerving. Also – I think I would want a life vest before I jumped in a lake with 70 pounds of equipment strapped to me. Your Dad was amazing! Conservatives rock!!!!!

  • Lynda Dearing

    I Love the show Stars Earn Stripes . Your dad did a great job. LCD

  • Donna

    Your dad did great! I was so proud of him.

  • Surly Curmudgen

    So how slow should I post?

  • Surly Curmudgen

    Maybe it wasn’t the speed.

  • kathryn drewry

    Hi Bristol,
    Just wanted you to know I watched Stars Earn Stripes last night. I was so impressed with the show and the great light they put the military in. The show will be well watched, I’m sure. Your dad is unstoppable and will be rooting for him. But I enjoy all of the celebrities and what a pleasure watching the Ops guys cheer their team members on. Very enjoyable. We all know how proud you are of your family and you have very good reason for that. I’ve read both your mom’s books and did so want her to run for president this time. I voted for you on DWTS and will be doing the same when you are on again. Very exciting times for your family!! Thank you for the honor of getting to know the Palin’s.

  • Surly Curmudgen

    so admonishing Gilly is forbidden. Why? does she own the web site?

  • John

    Dear Bristol

    We watched the show only because you dad was on it. But what a great bunch of people on the show. A very respectable and action-packed show. Worth the watch.

    We love your family.


  • Bristol,
    Your dad was not merely awesome. He was freaking awesome! In this one mission he has placed himself solidly in the super hero class. I’m not kidding. I was floored by what I saw. I always knew that Todd was a gnarly dude, but he elevated that mission to perfection.
    I’ll also add that I loved how he showed why gun control is so important…..things like recoil management, shot follow-through, leaning into it….that’s the kind of gun control I can support and Todd showed us how it’s done!

  • Karen Crouse

    All I can say is WOOP, WOOP. Not one for reality shows (except DWTS) but this was intersting. I can see how proud you and your family are of your dad. Was cheering for him all the way. The whole team did a great job and the challenges of the operations gave us an idea of the real issues the soldiers must face in real combat. They all seemed happy and excited to take part in the exercises. I am looking forward to next weeks airing and will be rooting for your dad. You have the greatest family, Bristol.

  • Stephanie Clark

    I loved watching your dad on the show! My son is considering a career in the military, so it came him a first hand look at some of the things he may be doing some day. We’ve always supported the military in our family, and now we appreciate them even more—-plus we enjoyed watching your dad blow up his targets =)

  • love this photo.

  • sodakhic

    Where is the CNN poll? Who do you want in your foxhole, Todd Rambo Palin or Barack momma jeans Obama?

    • Gilly

      Or Robot Mitt and his sidekick Howdy Doody.

  • Capital G

    Todd must do really well in this show since there is now a call to cancel the show because it ‘glorifies war’.

    I am so sick of liberals trying to dictate what others can do.

  • Bristol,
    Good morning. 1-Man Army Todd Palin Saves First Mission on Stars Earn Stripes

    Complete with video, frame grabs and weapons descriptions.

  • Victor

    I didn’t bother much with this show because I didn’t know who was in it until now. Sounds great and I’ll be cheering for Todd, but there other great people on this show. They all look like great contestants and I look forward to seeing them make a great show.

  • Your dad was AWESOME on Stars Earn Stripes. I loved it when he walked through the mud like it was nothing! I thought to myself that he is used to walking through that Alaska mud that swallows you up along the shores. Anyone who hasn’t seen or experienced that, has no idea how that stuff can suck your boots right off! I look forward to watching this program every week now!

  • Kevin D

    Bristol, I’m very proud of your dad too…and you are right…HE IS THE MAN!

  • Thomas Baker

    I am in awe at how strong and amazing the Palin family is; go Todd! Hoo-ah!

  • Cathie

    Bristol, I was SOOO impressed with your Dad! He was badass yet humble! It really showed his character! I love the show and will be cheering for your Dad!!!!

  • Megan M

    Your dad was amazing on the show! Incredible how fast he got through the mud under the barbed wire way before the 2 US military guys got through it! So happy they rewarded him for making it through on his own and didn’t put him in the shoot out – that was the most fair thing that they could have done. Will be watching next time 🙂

    • Scruffer

      I know!!!
      He should totally enlist – these days our guys are just being killed by the other guys, I mean, Todd could totally make a difference in that war! So so proud.
      I’m so glad they rewarded him – I sure hope he gives his ‘profits’ to the Alaska Independent Party!

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, I always knew Todd was a badass, but I had no idea until I watched him on Stars Earn Stripes! Everyone was in awe of his skills! Super proud of the First Dude!

  • C.

    He’s so awesome. Your mom is gorgeous “a perfect 10” as a grandmommy no less.
    The public tidbits we get to see of your dad, mom and family shows the world what’s best about America.
    Your dad and your family do us all proud.
    Much love to you all.

  • Joseph

    That’s awesome to hear; congrats, Todd!

  • Gregory Russo

    I don’t watch TV, but I did when Bristol was on DWTS and Voted, got all of my internet friends to help. I had no idea about He Father’s effort. I will be doing same thing for Bristol’s second Stint on DWTS and with her Father’s effort on Stars on Stripes.

    I watched Bristol’s Show Bristol Palin’s Life’s a Tripp and Her Mom’s and Palin’s Family Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

    I am a big fan of the Palin Family.

  • Kim Castro

    Truly enjoyed watching your dad and the rest of the cast on SeS! I’m glad people got to see the real Todd Palin. He seems to be a great guy, with a pioneer spirit and the heart to be a loving nurturing father! Love to see and hear more about him and your family! ! Hope to meet your grandfather and uncle on the book always!

  • Sue Lynn

    Amen Bristol…