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AP Article on Elizabeth and John Edwards quoting me

August 12, 2008

Last Friday, a call went out via @skydiver on Twitter for ordinary people to comment on the John Edwards cheating allegations and his forthcoming interview confession.  I sent a note to the reporter with some thoughts, and after a follow-up phonecall with her, I wound up quoted in the piece.

Like many in Chicago at BlogHer 07, I was charmed and inspired by this warm, intelligent and witty woman.  Why can’t we be voting for her, we said repeatedly to each other after her keynote.  When she was kind enough to join us at the closing reception, I got a chance to talk with her one-on-one and she was gracious enough to pose for a picture with Little IT and a most squirmy IT Boy.  Notice him heading straight for her necklace.  She took it all in stride – boys will be boys, I believe she said. 

Mrs. Edwards and the family

Mrs. Edwards and the family

Like many, we took a fall with her when the allegations about her husband’s extramarital affair came to light.  I’m not sure what was more head-shaking – hearing that he did this when she was fighting cancer, or that she was in on the cover up.  It’s disappointing, for sure, any way you slice it.  I for one am sorry that she had to deal with it then, and has to deal with this now.  Boys will be boys?  She deserves better.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2008 12:09 pm

    What goes on behind closed doors is not my business. When politicians start lying about what they did and involve multiple people in elaborate cover-ups – that’s not ok – that is my business. I will say I feel anger towards John Edwards – cheating when his wife has cancer and he is running for President? A clear lack of priorities. Having been the victim of a betrayal myself, I can say with certainty I’d not be standing by his side either.

  2. August 12, 2008 4:47 pm

    In on the cover up? It would be hard to imagine a wife wanting her humiliation to be national news.

    I never pegged the guy for this. He seemed so “nice.”

    Sweet on the quote and press!

  3. August 19, 2008 1:15 pm

    I only feel sympathy for her. Sadly no surprise on his part. I’m starting to go numb to all of it. But real sympathy for her.

  4. August 19, 2008 1:20 pm

    I disagree with Traci, it is not ‘her humiliation’ it’s his. John Edwards infidelity is not his wife’s failing it’s his.

    I just posted on this very topic.
    Nobody’s Perfect?

  5. August 20, 2008 10:44 am

    I think it’s humilating all around.

    Tracee, as to your point about her wanting to keep it quiet, if that is the case, she’s a better woman than I. I’d want it blasted from the rafters. Call it a Christie Brinkley move, but there would be PAYBACK. Petty, maybe, but honest too.

  6. September 2, 2008 8:39 pm

    Wow what a great photo!
    She so deserves better!

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