“Wedding bells are on the horizon for Bristol Palin and 2011 Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Palin, 24, said on her blog that Meyer, 26, proposed to her at a Rascal Flatts concert in Las Vegas. “The lead singer, Gary LeVox, dedicated ‘Bless the Broken Road’ to us, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!” she wrote. “It’s amazing to see what happens when you place everything in life in God’s hands.”
“Friends and well-wishers congratulated the couple on the news. As one person said in a comment on Meyer’s Instagram, “This is so ‘MERICA that my mind is blown right now.” Meyer received the nation’s highest military honor for braving enemy fire in 2009 to recover 36 American and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. He was the third living recipient – and the first Marine – to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Palin, the oldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has stayed in the public eye since her mother’s failed vice presidential bid through appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and a Lifetime show about raising her son, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.” She also released a best-selling memoir in 2011, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.” She was previously engaged to Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston.
“The couple met last year when Meyer visited Alaska to film “Amazing America,” Sarah Palin’s show on Sportsman Channel, Bristol Palin said in her blog post. “He met Tripp during that time, and I’ve seen him in a few places where our paths have crossed since. He’s visited us in Alaska, and I’ve visited his wonderful family in Kentucky,” she wrote. “He’s wonderful with Trip and I’m so proud to be marrying him.” The couple shared news of their engagement on social media. “I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever,” Meyer said in an Instagram of the pair tagged #shesaidyes.
However, Sarah Palin wouldn’t be who she is without a snappy comment or, in this case, interview. She exclusively told Newslo that it is an “honor to welcome a Medal of Honor recipient into the family as a son-in-law, but that things would be even better if he wasn’t a democrat.”
“Truth be told, the idea of Bristol marrying someone who’s not a Republican has never crossed my mind, but she’s a big girl now and I’d like to believe she knows what she’s doing. However, although I sort of have a habit of not getting along with Democrats, I’m willing to make an exception in my daughter’s case,” Palin said. “There are always several ways of looking at things, and I know I should be grateful for her choice of husband. After all, things could have gone differently – I could have ended up with a gay son-in-law, or worse: a gay and a Democrat. Had that happened, I would have been done for.”