The gross public penance of Edwards's former aide
Jo-Ann Armao mentioned last week how a colleague of ours felt dirty reading about Andrew Young's tell-all about former senator and vice presidential nominee John Edwards (D-N.C.). Well, after watching Young and his wife Cheri on ABC News' "20/20" last Friday, I felt dirty and appalled. As the entire interview unfolded I kept asking aloud, "Who are these people?!"
We've all heard stories about people who will do anything for money, power or prestige -- or all three. But the Youngs sat before the television cameras to discuss every lurid detail revealed in his book, "The Politician." How Edwards's pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, came to live with the Youngs and their three children. How Young came to claim paternity of a child that wasn't his. How the Youngs went into hiding with Hunter to help hide her pregnancy. When did they decide they had enough of the lies and deception? After Edwards admitted the affair to ABC News's Bob Woodruff but denied paternity of Hunter's baby. And if you weren't feeling slimy just listening to their account then you were after hearing the voicemails and seeing their photos and home videos with Hunter.
The aggrieved folks we see on television today didn't look so unhappy or morally compromised when they were being whisked by private jet from swank hotels to chic private residences around the country. "Was it stupid? Yes," said Andrew Young. "Did we do the right thing morally? No. Absolutely not." Got that right. Their public penance continues live tomorrow on "Good Morning America."
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