When you think John Edwards, you think sleazebag. The married father of three whose wife was dying of cancer took up with the uber skeevy Rielle Hunter, knocked her up, and then tried to deny it by saying his campaign aide was the father. To add insult to injury, he stood trial for using campaign funds to hide her.
Of course we all know this story. And now with Hunter's memoir (What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me), we could know more than we ever want to know about this once-Presidential candidate who played the loving family man while secretly being a complete liar.
Ah, but we haven't seen the last of that John Edwards "charm," have we? Even though he narrowly escaped jail time for his alleged role in using campaign funds to hide his mistress, Edwards still wants the public to think he is a stand-up guy (ha!).
In a news conference following his trial, Edwards told the public that he loved Quinn “more than any of you can ever imagine.” Quinn is now 4 years old and living with her mother in North Carolina. While he said all this, his grown daughter Cate was beside him. It's easy to imagine she must be well versed in hearing his lies by now.
The rest of us need to get used to it. In her book, Hunter says: “He is a great dad to her when he is with her." One could read those words as tinged with bitterness. "When he is with her ... " She cites his obligations to his other children as the reason Edwards is not always with her.
The book has many photos of daddy and daughter looking happy. And while it IS good that he has at least acknowledged her, at this point, his "love" feels more like an attempt to salvage his destroyed image and career than any genuine emotion. Or maybe it's just that I have a hard time believing a man who spent most of his career lying about ANYTHING now.
That poor baby girl has two major sleazebags for parents. It would be nice to believe he is being sincere, but my suspicion is he forgot what that word even means.
Do you think his "love" for his child is political?
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Something my kids handmade
A fun holiday at home with my family
Some time off!
Something just for me, like a plush robe