Maybe he was still on Alaska time. Or maybe this was his first book tour interview and his script wasn't perfected. Pick any reason you like for Levi once again blurting out something we need to remember. He said he intentionally didn't put some "stuff" in DITH. So much for this promised tell-all.
The moment happened quickly two minutes into his appearance. The interviewers were friendly, and they were joking comfortably with him. Levi didn't have his guard up, nor did he need to. He wasn't being grilled nor did they show any sign of doubting what he'd written.
After a couple minutes, one of them - a pretty young interviewer with dark hair - pointed out that his version of the sexual relationship he had with Bristol differed from the one his former fiance presented in her memoir "Not Afraid of Life." A simple question followed. She wanted to know if he hesitated before deciding to go ahead and reveal the "steamy stuff" i.e. he and Bristol having sex for a long time, contradicting the time frame Bristol had given.
If Levi were a quick thinker, he might have said, "No, I was out to tell the truth and that's what I did."
No one has ever accused Levi of quick thinking. This is an example why that isn't going to change.
If Levi were well coached (by Tank who likes his client to appear chivalrous), he could have said, "You know, yeah, I tried to find a way around that. I don't like to kiss and tell. But in the end, I had to tell the truth. I couldn't lie."
The latter answer would have been slick because any sharp interviewer would have followed up by pointing out that Levi is on record as a liar, which of course would be playing right into his hands (if he and his team were so clever.) If I'd prepped Levi for the interview, the script would have continued with something like this:
Like I say in the book, one of the worse things I've gone through was when Bristol and I got back together and I looked like a fool with that apology coming out to Sarah that, you know, I didn't write, but you got to read the book to find out what really happened. So you see, I knew if I lied about that - the sex - then I would have become that liar the Palins want people to believe I am. But I'm not. So I put everything in the book. Steamy stuff and all. 'Cause that's what really happened.
Of course that isn't what Levi said. Not even close. Because the 21 year-old "author" didn't have his guard up. And he isn't a good liar, though sometimes he tries. Here's what he said:
"Well, th..there's you know, there's a lot of stuff in the book that I..I didn't put in the book for, for reasons that I didn't, I didn't want it in there yet..." [interviewing hosts can be heard reacting to this and they make it more difficult to hear clearly what else Levi says ] "I got to save, I got to save some stuff for book two, same s*** (?) happens..."
Having read the book, that is no big news to me. Nor should it be to anyone regularly reading this blog. It's been a repeated theme of mine on this blog. (If you are going to check out the archives, don't miss the very first post "Allison's Own Thoughts..." and other Levi-related posts linked here and here. Browse around the archived posts that most interest you, and have fun).
That word Levi used that starts with "s" is not clear to me and he may have said something I didn't get at all. I need your help, so I'm linking below to the interview, where this portion begins two minutes into it, and lasts only 30 seconds or so. It's difficult to get exactly what Levi says because the hosts weren't expecting Levi's "news" that there is anything more (enough for a second book) and they begin to react. While they are talking, Levi is talking, and he is reacting to their reactions. Whew.
This is what happens when non-Trig Truthers interview Levi. They just don't know when they've been handed a journalistic opportunity that could put them on the front of the National Enquirer if they did their jobs. (Well, okay, maybe not the front page of the NE, that would be where Levi and Sarah would be, side-by-side in pictures where he looks like a deer in the headlights and she looks like an angry old crone. But they could have at least negotiated for a small inset picture of themselves accompanying the inside story.) And what a story it could have been. Levi Johnston threatening to write a second book exposing Bristol Palin's darkest secrets...
Say what? Whose secrets?
Bristol's! The train of questioning was, did Levi have any reservations about talking about his sexual history with Bristol. His unrehearsed (immediate) reaction was that he had held some stuff back. Trig Truthers who are in the Bristol-as-Trig's-Bio-Mom camp should accept that pretty easily. I accept it easily because, as I've written before, in DITH there are passages that sound as if Levi claimed Trig as his own child before editing took out supporting story lines. "My special boy," he calls Trig. In another place he says he thought he should have been invited to Trig's birthday party more than a year after he and Bristol broke up. Why would that be? Then there's the part about Trig's birth. Way over the top in sentimentality and intimacy to be the story of a mere mullet-headed boyfriend dating the teenaged daughter who is jealous of her mother for having a baby. So, yeah, I think Trig is Bristol's and Levi's original intentions were to spill it. When the question came, he heard the part about not putting everything in the book and he blurted out an honest answer without thinking.
He even says there was "a lot of stuff in the book that I" and then he catches himself, stops, stutters, and changes direction oh-so-slightly. He continues with the correction, "I didn't put in the book..."
That's exactly what I've theorized. I think it was Trig's true birth story that was "in the [first ghost-written draft of the] book" before Levi got cold feet and "didn't put in the [final version of the] book." And let me guess - there it was about 15 pages worth of "stuff." Right, Levi? Fifteen pages of stuff about Bristol, Levi, sex, and babies. Trig is Bristol and Levi's son. Tripp was conceived in February, 2008 and born around Thanksgiving. All cut from the published version because Levi decided he needed to hold something back to use if "the same s*** happens." Yup, and the Cowan's forgot how many pages shorter the revised version was, and that's.....that's one of my prior posts.
Levi stated unequivocally that he is holding stuff back. No reason to hold small stuff back, Right? So it's big stuff. This is all very interesting for us who think Bristol birthed Trig and that little boy is a Johnston, but that can distract from the bigger moment in this interview. The words hardest to catch are the most revealing.
"...I got to save some stuff for book two, ... same s*** (?) happens..."
DITH isn't for his son or Trig. Levi Johnston's published version of Deer in the Headlights is for his mother who used to go out even when she was in the worst pain. His mother who couldn't be kept from going where she could cheer for, support, and hug her son. Couldn't be stopped by pain or by hospitalization. It took the law to confine her to home. It took pink handcuffs, courtesy of Sarah Palin's friend in Arizona. Those cuffs were a not-so-subtle message to the Johnstons that Sarah was involved, Sarah had influence, Sarah was using a third party public entity to handcuff Levi's mom. And they got the message, you betcha!