She brought down the head of the CIA (so they say), a decorated war hero, one of the most respected and powerful men in America. Paula Broadwell is the woman David Petraeus had an extramarital affair with. The 40-year-old who is 20 years his junior is the reason why he handed in his resignation. And yeah, she's hot.
The FBI uncovered Petraeus' affair with Broadwell when they were looking into his emails for an unrelated investigation. Apparently she came up a lot -- and they were initially concerned that she'd been given access to sensitive information. But nope, it was just a run-of-the-mill affair. Petraeus handed in his resignation and President Obama accepted it after deliberating for 24 hours.
Was it worth it, David? Millions of Americans want to know. Who is this woman? How did they know each other? And why does this mean Peterus has to step down as head of the CIA?
Paula Broadwell is the author of the biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. From the reports I've read it sounds like it's a glowing biography.
She's a MOMMMMM! Not that moms can't have affairs. Just -- sigh. That just means more heartbreak. She's a married mother of two boys, Lucien and Landon. Her husband is Dr. Scott Broadwell, an interventional radiologist. The family lives in North Carolina. This info was on her website, which is down now.
Of course she's on Twitter, though she hasn't tweeted about the affair. Her last tweet from a few days ago was about Patraeus.
"Take your performance personally" -- ORLLY Paula? How personally? Okay, I'll stop.
She has military experience herself. She's a West Point graduate.
She's a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership
She was embedded with Petraeus in Afghanistan. She went there for research on her doctoral dissertation. Apparently she went on a lot of morning runs with him -- but then, so did everyone.
Paula appeared on the Daily Show to promote her book. So yeah, affair with Petraeus and she got to meet Jon Stewart. Here she is, talking about her experiences with Petraeus.
As for why this means General David Petraeus has to resign his post over this affair... okay, maybe it's just me and my friends in Europe asking this question. Personally, I think it shouldn't matter. But in this country an extramarital affair can be so distracting to the public it really can sink a leader's career. Surely Petraeus knows this -- and I'm furious with him for taking this liberty. We needed a talented man like him at the helm of the CIA.
Were you surprised at the news that David Petraeus had an affair?
Image via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart