- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 23, 2009

What Elizabeth Edwards calls her husband’s “glaring indiscretion” may not have soured her on the idea of marriage, but she concedes that it has irrevocably dashed her and her spouse’s dreams of living in the White House and, indeed, any hope of her husband winning any elective office whatsoever.

Mrs. Edwards, the wife of former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, was at the National Press Club Thursday evening for a question-and-answer session to promote her new book, “Resilience.”

Mrs. Edwards revealed that her husband has determined that his affair with Rielle Hunter, a videographer on his last presidential campaign, makes another run for office “untenable,” although he would like to continue his work in other forms of public service.

As for her own political future, Mrs. Edwards also ruled out a run for office, but was quick to remind the crowd that recent polling “had me higher than my husband’s first run.”

Mrs. Edwards discussed her life’s greatest challenges, such as the death of her teenage son, Wade, the stroke of her beloved father and her diagnosis of breast cancer. But the life challenge that was the unspoken subtext of her appearance Thursday was Miss Hunter - until the subject was broached indirectly.

“What advice would you give young women your daughter’s age about men and marriage?” Mrs. Edwards was asked by The Washington Times.

After a long silence, followed by the sound of people shifting uncomfortably in their chairs, Mrs. Edwards replied with a studied calm, “Pick the right man.”

The irony of her words was not lost on the crowd, composed mostly of women.

“We have been married for over 30 years. We don’t have date nights anymore, but we are deeply in love,” Mrs. Edwards continued, before proceeding to nervously ramble on about what a great husband and father Mr. Edwards has been and how much she respects “the purpose to his life” - public service.

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