David Petraeus apologizes publicly for his extramarital affair

David Petraeus apologizes publicly for his extramarital affair

Four Star Retired General David Petraeus Publicly Apologizes

David Petraeus has publicly apologized for his resignation as head of the CIA instigated by his extramarital affair.

Petraeus was invited a year ago, before the scandal broke, to be the keynote speaker before 600 guests at the University of Southern California annual ROTC dinner.

“Needless to say, I join you, keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago,” Petraeus said Tuesday night.

“I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing. So please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret — and apologize for — the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters,” Petraeus said.

Petraeus has remained out of the public eye since the revelation of his affair with Paula Broadwell in November.

The former commander of allied forces in Afghanistan spent much of his time talking about what he had accomplished for veterans and their families.  He closed his speech with a final statement.

“As I close, I want to say thank you for words of encouragement to family. … This has been difficult episode for us … to fall as far as I did,” Petraeus said in his closing remarks before he received another standing ovation.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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