Paula Broadwell
November 27th, 2012
04:17 PM ET

After Petraeus scandal, Broadwell grapples with 'normal life'

By Suzanne Kelly

In the aftermath of the affair that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, his biographer and paramour Paula Broadwell has remained publicly silent, turning instead to family and friends as she tries to assess just how news of the affair might impact her future.

"It's been hard for her family and her to see the picture that's being painted of her," says Broadwell's brother, Steve Kranz, a Washington-based attorney. "Her real focus is her family and her husband and her boys and trying to restore the trust she had with her husband and trying to protect her children from the publicity."

After weeks of media portrayals that have ranged from spurned lover to obsessed stalker, both family and friends of Broadwell have begun to present a fuller picture of her as she grapples with the shock of her affair being thrust into the public spotlight.  Part of that outreach included providing  photos from the family collection, given first to CNN, of Broadwell with her family and in Afghanistan.

"She's trying to live as normal a life as possible, but there are moments of realizing all that has happened," says a source close to Broadwell who asked not to be identified.

Early on, Broadwell began quietly returning emails from well-wishing friends, but she hasn't done much beyond that, according to sources who have said she is very focused on how the news has affected loved ones. But that strategy appears to be shifting somewhat with the hiring of a Washington-based public affairs group and friends who have known Broadwell for years now going public to combat images of her that they feel are unfair.

Also: Timeline of the Petraeus affair

"I generally felt that perhaps inevitably, but also regrettably, the media coverage of her was just suffocating and one-sided and unfair," says Michael O'Hanlon, who is director of research for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. O'Hanlon says Petraeus introduced him to Broadwell in 2009 and that they too had become friends. He says the media coverage of her "was developing a piling-on quality that, because she is much-less well known than he, and also because she was the author of emails to Jill Kelley, was making her out to be a Glenn Close, 'Fatal Attraction' kind of character in the media's eyes."

O'Hanlon, who also wrote an op-ed defending her Broadwell’s character - but not her actions - in the Baltimore Sun over the weekend, said that he can understand how an affair between the two may have come to fruition. He has spent time with both of them over the years, and particularly over the course of time when Broadwell was writing a biography of Petraeus, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus”.

"These were two people who spent a great deal of time together, who had an obvious infatuation for each other that developed over the years and two people who made a big mistake and let that infatuation become something more when they both had happy families," says O'Hanlon. "I think they did do something wrong, but it happened by mutual consent, not some devious plot."

"Paula needed help more than Dave" in terms of how the public perceives her now, said O'Hanlon who remains friends with both. "Dave has a national reputation that will help him through this, and she doesn't."

Broadwell is getting more help. She recently hired Washington-based public relations firm The Glover Park Group to help reshape her image and to provide a more well-rounded picture her.

It's still not clear whether Broadwell had any warning that Petraeus was going to resign on November 9 and confess to an extramarital affair as the reason for his resignation.

Just days before the news broke, Broadwell emailed a CNN producer offering "a short essay on (Petraeus') leadership principles in light of" his 60th birthday. "Sorry I have been incognito-focused on the phd!" she said in the email.

Broadwell was planning a birthday party at the Washington home of her brother, scheduled for November 10, which turned out to be the day after Petraeus announced his resignation. Her co-author, Vernon Loeb, who is also an editor at the Washington Post, spoke to Broadwell days before the party.

Loeb said in an interview posted on the Washington Post website that everything seemed normal as late as Thursday, the day that President Barack Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation, and one day before the news became public. [Editor’s note: CNN’s Suzanne Kelly was also invited to Broadwell’s party.]

It's possible that Petraeus didn't warn Broadwell about what he intended to do as he spent the week orchestrating the details of his departure. Sources who were told afterward about how the resignation was received within the intelligence community said that many were 'stunned' that Petraeus had decided to include news of the affair in the announcement he made to colleagues at the CIA.

Yet friends of Petraeus defended him early on, telling the media that the former director was ashamed of his behavior. Broadwell, on the other hand, abruptly cancelled her birthday plans once the news broke and tried to stay out of the public eye.

During that time, Kranz, her brother, described Broadwell as being tearful and ashamed of her actions and how the affair impacted her family.

According to a source close to Broadwell, she is still concerned about the outcome of the current FBI investigation that government sources tell CNN is focused on classified material that was found in her home. The source says that the FBI has given Broadwell no insight into how long that investigation might take and says that she is laying low until that legal issue is resolved.

The CIA inspector general also has opened an investigation into whether Petraeus may have misused resources to facilitate the affair while director of the CIA.

Broadwell's brother says she spent the holiday weekend at the beach with family and friends and is now trying to figure out what comes next for her family, her career, and her life.

"She's a very strong person," said Kranz. "I've been concerned about her because it has been so devastating and she feels terrible about what she's done and the pain it's inflicted."

soundoff (552 Responses)
  1. Lance D.

    We have the full collection of VAN JONES CNN commentaries throughout the Presidential Campaign. Yes, we know and remember Van Jones - highly-paid non-authorized W.H. advisor. How much access did Van Jones have to sensitive information? Special Advisor for Green Jobs right? Champion of the Black Middle Class right? How Van Jones bolstered Obama re-election policy and demonized Romney. Yes, Van Jones (as well as Donna Brazile and Roland Martin) are "White Wolves in Black Sheep Clothing." Very good job, CNN - you have many reasons to feel proud as the corrupt champion of "American Liberty." Game exposed now -and Republicans will correct it.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • kevin

      Lance D – Get over your loss.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
  2. ric

    She must have thought she was cute and coy and spy-like while she was setting up that email address address and writing letters back and forth with the old man.. Now she feels terrible..Yeah right..more like embarrassed..

    November 28, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Bobpitt

      Every morning she will go to the mirror and see the real Paula Snout and all..

      November 28, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  3. Lance D.

    CNN MANAGEMENT: How can you expose Obama corrupt use of non-authorized advisors ("czars") when you employ ex-czars like VAN JONES as commentators? How did this strong socialist once-highly paid Obama supporter offer unbiased views of Obama and Romney throughout the Presidential campaign? If Cnn really wants to appear fair and unbiased, then it should immediately fire those known to resent Republicans for being placed under pressure to leave the W.H. like VAN JONES - republican take note of CNN practices. We know why CNN hired VAN JONES, DONNA BRAZILE, ROLAND MARTIN and others heavily vested in Obama success and Republican failure. Shame on CNN for such blatant PROOF of Democrat bias and protection of its corruption.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • Bobpitt

      I guess anybody that does not agree with you is a communist, or a socialist, or an extremist etc.. get a grip, you are the extreme one, accusing other won’t help you put your point across.
      Grow up, you guys lost, is time to work..

      November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • kevin

      Lance D – Get over your loss.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  4. Chat Pata

    Next she will pose for Playboy. Write a book "How I did it". Start her line of clothing called "Well Dresses of the Broads", a perfume called "Betrayed-Us", appear on DWTS, and start her own TV show "Broads and Wells that Betrayed-Us".

    November 28, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Mo Brown

      I feel sorry for the Broadwells (Scott, his father, sons, siblings) getting their name tarnished from "Stray Katz". If Scott divorces Paula, he should insist she change her name back to Katz (maiden name) so she can stray elsewhere.

      November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • Retired Military Commander

        Mo...you mean "Stray Kranz" not Katz. She was Paula Kranz before marrying Scott Broadwell. It should be the Kranz name being soiled not Broadwell. I like the Spanish idea of hyphening the last name so both parents (families) get credit or discredit for their offspring's success or failure. The Broadwells are innocent victims here.

        November 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  5. 4 star general

    Paula wants to be on the Jerry Springer Show.
    ****

    November 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  6. carbie

    Paula is devastated? Paula, you selfish tra mp, YOU and you alone created much devastation for many people....your life? What life? All you did was bring this up TO SELL YOUR BOOK!!!!!! It backfired! GOOD.....I hope you DON'T SELL any books....

    November 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  7. D rogero

    Funny funny funny – what the hell did she think. He cut it off and she wasn't having any of that! Beatch!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  8. Jahn

    From my perspective only issue standing for national news is the handling of secure materials. The families need to rebuild. The nation needs to fill in the leadership heirarchy. And wasn't there a parable about throwing the first stone? Practically thiswhole line of commentary looks like a rock fight. I am not sure if hypocracy isn't a more serious moral issue than adultery.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • ric

      Why are you assuming everyone else engages in this type of behavior?..Most of the anger comes because people sympathize with their mates and children. I can't even begin to think the embarrassment they must be feeling. To hear the scorn and the ridicule and to discover that your wife and mother are not the person you thought she was and was capable of lying to he family in this way. That's hard to deal with and people are touched by that. You can ignore it if you wish , and you can trivialize it when it happens to you

      November 28, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  9. carbie

    ITS CALLED CONSEQUENCES – PAULA!!!!!!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
  10. Steve P

    Individuals posting comments here would do well to remember what prompts words like these:
    "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians"
    –Mohatma Gandhi

    November 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • numbnut

      I think the quote is, "I like your Christ, but not your Christians. Your Christians are nothing like your Christ."

      November 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  11. Common sense

    What ever happened to the covenant of marriage?

    You reap what you sow, more than you sow and later than you sow.

    Who cares about Paula Broadwell!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • ghastly

      A "sow" is a female pig.....right?

      November 28, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
  12. Karen

    Sorry, but she's free and over 21 by a few years and she knew what she was doing was wrong just like the General knew. Both were more than capable of saying no at any time but elected not to do the right thing. So, all I can say to her is "suck it up" cause you are going to be branded by this for the remainder of your life!!! You will always be known as the "woman that ruined the General's career"!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  13. trex

    ...Apparently, "It's been hard"......for quite a while now.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • F Bueller

      Too funny!

      Honestly, I think the only regret Paula has is that she didn't get pregnant. I bet she would have loved to continue to be a presence in Patreaus' life.

      November 28, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • troy

      The first thing I thought when I saw CNNs headline was "That's what she said."

      November 28, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
  14. DamnUfools

    BOO-HOO! What a way to sell your book.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  15. Willie12345

    Adultery has a price, she knew it, ................. she can't avoid it. Actions have consequences.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  16. Craig

    Hey, CNN. Petraeus "stepped down" in 2012, not 2011. Please get basic information right.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
  17. Craig

    Any chance CNN can get the date in the caption right for when Petraeus resigned? Has it already been a year?

    November 28, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  18. symone says

    i'm not sure how or why we are supposed to be positively impressed with photos of her with her family. that would i presume be the husband whom petraeus cuckolded repeatedly for how long? was it ten years?

    and how old are those kids? anybody ten or younger?

    ms broadwell, you've disgraced your family and i wish you would go away. you hardly can complain of poor treatment when you personally betrayed not only your own husband, but your children, petraeus' wife, and to be quite honest, our country. no, you aren't the first. but that doesn't make this any less bad. and please tell me that isn't your excuse: i'm not the first. because you ARE the first one to betray your husband and children. yes, i feel petraeus is just as guilty as you are, but this article is about you.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • SadlySensible

      I agree. Petraeus could have kept his pants zipped, but noooooo. My thought when looking at the first picture (I didn't even bother looking at the others) was, "Look at her all happy with her family while she's s crewing another man." Sorry, Paula. You and your "good times" partner are now discovering that the good times always come to an end. Your selfishness (and Petraeus') mean that your family and friends now have to deal with the fallout as well. I'm saving my sympathy for them, not you. Please try to make time for your poor kids while you attempt to "figure out where your career will go." They need to know your betrayal of your marriage vows doesn't mean you love your own children any less.

      November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  19. woodin59

    Frankly who really cares if it "tough, difficult, hard" post adulterous relationship.
    Not passing judgement, but when people make conscious choices that obviously carry negative consequences then man up and stop looking for a sympathetic shoulder. When this happens everyone gets sucked into a lower level and dysfunction just to rational/neutralize the original behavior. No amount of friends and family commenting and releasing photos to the media on Broadwell's behalf will not give Broadwell redemption in the public eye, only Broadwell's future behavior and choices will do that.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • symone says

      well-said

      November 28, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  20. musings

    I suppose the PR firm is doing its job – portraying her as a victim of a smear. Nobody is fooled. If you can lose your job for fooling around like this, you can lose your reputation. Unfortunately, the level of corruption is such that we will probably have to endure her for years in the public eye and listen to the scorn she heaps on anyone who pointed out that her actions and those of her lover were immoral, aggressive and a threat to national security.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  21. Jeff

    She brought it upon herself, so suffer the consequences. I have no sympathy – be responsible for your actions!

    November 28, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  22. Nashville

    My sympathy goes out to the innocent who get hurt when two adults selfishly make decisions that have a negative impact on so many and in this case the country. Both adults seem to be well educated with good families. My advice is to ditch the PR campaign and just focus on your family. In time all will right itself if you are sincere in your love for your family.
    If you are not committed to your family then that's another journey.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • walkthetalk2

      Well said!

      November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Bobpitt

      Once they do it once, they will do it again, she will beg her husband for forgiveness and soon enough she will do it again, her husband will survive, but the kids will be permanently damage, they will never recuperate from her treason. How do I know? I was married to woman just like her..

      November 28, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  23. The judge

    Actions speak louder than words. A pig is a pig is a pig.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • herchato

      We are all pigs in one way or another. The difference between us and them is the circles we travel. Most of us would never have a chance to be in that particular situation so it's easy for us to judge. The piggy stuff we do attracts no attention and if it did most people outside our family couldn't care less. So go ahead and pile on and enjoy their pain but none of us have any idea how we might react in the same situation.

      November 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  24. Emily

    She has selfish motivations and doesn't care about how it may damage others' marriages and lives. She probably thought as long as she didn't get caught, it would be fine. But FBI had a way of tracking down the source of the anonymous emails.

    Some of the emails she sent to Kelly sound like death threats, such as "make you disappear". It seems that she would go extra miles to harm others if they are in her way. She should be locked in a facility.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply
  25. F Bueller

    Paula is only upset that she got caught. It was reported yesterday that Paula attended the at annual
    Office of Strategic Services Dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 27th. She was said to have followed him around throughout the evening. It is important to note that this was 2 weeks after Paula had been interviewed by the FBI. She would have continued to stalk Patraeus if none of this had come to light.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • symone says

      yeah. it's a Basic Instinct. Or Fatal Attraction.

      no, wait. it was real :-/

      November 28, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      Very good points

      November 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  26. MrCar

    Hire a big PR firm, get a new book going make millions on the talk show circuit with a new tell-all strategy-the chick knows how to play the game. She'll cash in ever bigger with all the new publicity.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:58 am | Reply
  27. Peter

    It is interesting that all the defenders of this woman seem to be stuck on the oh she made a mistake once in her life and is devastated story, even she is believing this story herself so she goes out and hires a PR firm; When what caused all the ruckus was the fact that she knew exactly what she was doing, was not at all shy in going after another woman with threats 'that she could make her disappear" , somehow this does not sound like a devastated woman who made a mistake, more like a jealous lover who was so crazed for all her education and training in the security fields,did not care what she was doing. She sounds more like a woman who is now desperately trying to cover her proverbial ass.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • IMAGUARDMEMBER

      "Stray Katz" is one diaper and rank short of an astronaut! She doesn't deserve to continue using the last name of Broadwell. Her husband, sons, and family deserve better. Their name should not be soiled by a stray cat.

      November 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  28. max headroom

    I feel bad for her children. As usual, they are the innocent victims here. How does a kid grapple with a situation like this? Mommy is a cheater, homewrecker? And who was looking after their needs when she was flitting across the globe?

    November 28, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
  29. emmettlee

    how many marriages have you wrecked

    November 28, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
    • Suli

      She is right in that the media has portrayed Petreus as almost the victim of this womans wiles. The story could as easily have been the man with the power and charisma overawing the poor woman biographer. What doesn't rhyme with the last scenario is the e-mail catfight she had with that other woman. I think that is what puts her in the spurned lover, Glenn Close category in the public view.

      November 28, 2012 at 6:40 am | Reply
      • symone says

        yeah, sometimes that happens. but just as often, you have an obsessed groupie who appears initially sane. mind you, i hold him completely responsible for his actions. but let's not assume that just because he's a general, he is somehow more sophisticated or intelligent. he's a man, he has guy parts that sometimes do the thinking. again, not an excuse, but some folks are more easily manipulated than one might imagine.

        they are both guilty. however, i don't see him trying to hrie a PR firm and spin it. he seems to appear to be in seclusion, possibly expressing contrition to his wife and hopefully in couples therapy if she's even speaking to him.

        it is clear from broadwell's available history that she is not some naif who was wooed by a powerful and evil military man to do his bidding. i assess at least 50/50 blame, while noting that some powerful men are incredibly vulnerable when it comes to their .... egos.

        November 28, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  30. Srsly

    CNN should never have published this PR piece. Paula if you are reading this my free advice to you is go home and take care of your kids not your career or your tarnished image.

    November 28, 2012 at 4:46 am | Reply
    • symone says

      completely agree. once agin, CNN is being a tool.

      November 28, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  31. Thee Time

    Paula Broadwell should be cooking quietly, not already thrusting PR stuff into our faces. Whats wrong with adulterous girls nowadays? She just trashed the wellbeing of two families with a great and mighty man. Paula behave yourself for the time being we won't lynch you with rocks. I feel sorry for Scotty, i hope the poor dude is man enough to overcome without revenge

    November 28, 2012 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • symone says

      some of that made a bit of sense. but i can't stop myself from pointing out that "lynching" actually is a live person being hung from the neck by a rope, generally until dead. when one kills by tossing rocks, it is called "stoning".

      but i get your gist ;)

      November 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  32. Midwesterner

    Adultery inevitably is accompanied by lies and more lies. It is a powerful drug that mesmerizes, allures, and stupefies. It betrays all loyalties, humiliates the addicts, kills the spirit, and causes incredible damage to innocent loved ones. It leaves spiritual death and destruction of trust in its wake. By almost all objective standards, it should be criminalized again.

    November 28, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
  33. Jay in Shanghai

    While DC is focusing on this, the Chinese are focusing on growing their economy and building capital reserves at our expense. Do we need priorities or what!.

    November 28, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
    • Sleepy Guy

      Well said.

      November 28, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
  34. mmi16

    So two people had a 4 month affair. BFD. This wasn't the first affair to have been had in the history of mankind and it won't be the last.

    So many hypocrites – so many wasted bits and bytes.

    November 28, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • Cap'n Rita

      That said, you found it necessary to get on your virtual soap box in the early morning hours to contribute your own bits and bytes. Cream and sugar with your irony?

      November 28, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  35. Hannah

    Meanwhile Scotty, her cuckolded husband, looks adoringly at Paula.

    November 28, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
  36. Emma in Baltimore

    I really wish she would stop pushing herself into the public eye - PR response team, private photos releases, published apologies, etc. Yes, she put herself in a very embarrassing and painful situation, but situation is probably much more painful to the unwitting spouses and children. With every attempt she makes to improve her public image, she reopens their wounds. It's unfair, insensitive, and selfish. The thing for her to do is to leave it alone, let the situation die down on its own - as it had been doing - and focus on the needs of her children and husband instead of her own. Perhaps she could learn how to bring her family back together by putting their needs ahead of hers, and write a book about it to help other people learn to reconcile - but then again, she may be too self-centered to do that. We'll have to wait and see - but I don't think she's off to a good start.

    November 28, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  37. Ryan

    And this time last year while putting on a show spending time with their respective families during the holidays they were carrying on the affair.

    November 28, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  38. AP

    This reads like what it is: a shameless story written by her friend at CNN and planted by her new PR firm. CNN does need better editorial standards.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Girls helping the girls, telling us what we should think.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
      • rivka

        Bitter much? Who cares who wrote the article.

        November 28, 2012 at 8:13 am |
      • Amy

        rivka, because the 'article' was written by one of her besties and is nothing mor than a PR press release.

        ~ not bitter, just incredulous that they think the public will not see through it for what it is.

        November 28, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  39. joseph enry

    So, this is what the Washington based public relation company would do for you? Hire Susan Kelley of CNN to interview Broadwell's friends, family... and wrote a "corrected" article with pictures of conservative head scarf... picturing a devoted wife, mother, journalist that "just now" feels terrible for the pain she causes, focuses on husband, children and career. Does CNN have a cut or Susan Kelley keeps all of the commission? When is the next show?

    November 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  40. Whatthe

    Ms. Broadwell is only prepping herself to capitalize on her fortunes, which should easily net her in the millions. Expect a book deal in the very least. Many of those lambasting her will be running to get her book when it's out. It's a vicious cycle and we all have a role to play in this melodrama, such as posting worthless comments like this one, only to make the point that we don't care about Ms. Broadwell except that we are very much attracted to her story nonetheless which is why we are here on this forum.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • Kansas Slim

      Yeah, but if we don't read these stories, we won't know what it is that we don't want to know about.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
      • Ahria

        That's funny

        November 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Ryan

      it is amazing what publishers will try to publish and pay upfront for. I can't imaging what anyone would buy or read unless it were a complete reveal and I don't think that will happen. They still pay and get paid for useless garbage.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  41. PointOfView

    It seems that so-called "friends" is just Michael O'Hanlon who tries to correct her image. O'Hanlon has posted articles to canonize Broadwell on at least another web-site. See http://discussions.baltimoresun.com/20/balnews/bs-ed-broadwell-20121125/10

    This guy seems dishonest. In that article, he portrays Broadwell as a devoted wife and mother. A devoted mother would not leave her young children at home for a year, while seducing a general in Afghanistan.

    What's the relationship between Broadwell and O'Hanlon? Did she ever provide some service for him?

    November 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      O'Hanlon ignores that she deceived her family and hubby to care for kids so she could go on trip with DP to Paris and met in DC/Pentago to carry on affair. Some role model and mom

      November 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      But a man who is away on business on and off for years, his work, while very very often seducing women on the side isn't a poor father – just a man with a career and normal urges. God . . . Broadwell didn't murder anyone, for God's sake. It was an affair, likely born out of passion and mutual attraction, closeness at the time, and probably boredom at home which is the way it goes at times – mind you, one misses that if it ends, along with security and familiarity. Most judging aren't perfect; more are hypocrites ripping many apart while being no better themselves, just not in the public eye. She is being more vilified than he is – emails, yes, over the top and steps away from the astronaut scenario, but she was accomplished and – Good God, look at the new video on You Tube, I think, about JFKs liasons from the Communist east and elsewhere – well, where weren't they from – just one example. Men are forgiven more easily than women, it seems. An affair . . . not a murder. Human beings, not saints. It was hurtful to Holly and Scott . . . but perhaps Broadwell and Petraeus have more hormones both and it was primal as well as connection. Sometimes, just sometimes, when attraction is that intense perhaps there should be a little forgiveness. I think many are envious they haven't felt it for so long – remember – the often alcohol fuelled madness, the passion, the all of it. Now . . . for how many the long, slow slide into not a receptive partner, but toward a passionateless albeit perhaps pleasant and familair friendship of sorts blurrign day to day enroute to death.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
      • JonSEAZ

        Speaking from experience?

        November 28, 2012 at 12:02 am |
      • Ahria

        Got out of the blur, but doesn't mean I have the prior for good or bad re. the angst and all of it all. Still . . . should one ever feel that connection again . . . .

        November 28, 2012 at 12:15 am |
      • DarthVader's Mentor

        It was not just an affair. It was an abuse of power and a violation of the public's trust. Both Petraeus and Broadwell became intoxicated by power and believed they were above the little people, both chosen as special because of their common alma mater. Let's not forget that what started the whole mess to unravel and become public was that Broadwell threatened another woman (who was another con artist herself) who she felt was "horning in" to get her share of the allure of power.

        How many of America's great military leaders spent taxpayer money on their own self-aggrandizing biographer?

        November 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |
      • emmettlee

        spoken like a true other woman

        November 28, 2012 at 5:10 am |
      • SadlySensible

        Villify Broadwell and not Petraeus? Not in my book! When I think of all the hours of work as a military and officer's wife Mrs. Petraeus put in, I think he should be booted in the slats! I work with a woman whose husband is a retired military officer and she told me of all the things officer's wives were required to do or their husband's military careers would suffer. Poor Mrs. Petraeus deserves far, far better than to have all that as well as a long marriage tossed down the disposal simply because her husband couldn't say no and keep his pants zipped!

        November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Mo Brown

        No doubt General Petraeus found himself seduced by a younger, very fit woman. He must have been using "Just For Men" gray coverage or has non-graying hair genes (doubtful at age 60). Hollywood loves to portray the myth that men old enough to be one's father or grandfather deserves a beautiful, younger woman. Cougars like Madonna & Demi have also failed to keep their boy toys for more than a decade. Cougars and Codgers are selfish narcissists. They try to prolong their youthful images through generational dating and marriage. They are literally stealing away youth. Scott Broadwell is a handsome, successful doctor. Narcissists crave power and prestige. Betrayus gave that to her. He also tried to look the part of a much younger man. I admire his dedication to lifelong exercise and fitness. However, he should have encourage his wife to join him at the gym. She has full access to military fitness centers. I hope King David and Holly stay together. At least he has admitted to making the biggest mistake of his life by getting involved with a Broad who did not do him well in the end.

        November 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  42. Justin Hoover

    The woman with the cute family on film, went on a power trip and threw herself into the situation. I haven't a bit or simpathy for someone who slept for a feeling of power. She made her bed. For a change we can all see the females causing the collapse of the affair that ruined Mrs. Petraus' marriange or thought of security. It's pathetic, and we all know who brought a great general of American history to his knees.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • lex

      Petraeus brought himself down.

      November 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  43. thetrendymom

    Here's another error SUZANNE: Broadwell is getting more help. She recently hired Washington-based public relations firm The Glover Park Group to help reshape her image and to provide a more well-rounded picture her. (should say OF HER, not her). Proof read your work! It's really annoying.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  44. Kory

    I find it interesting that our male politicians are not held to the same standards when they find themselves in situations like this. Bill Clinton, need I say more? He came out and point blank lied to the American people on national tv but yet today he is a political hero. Appears to be a double standard. If you are a male politician it gets shrugged off but the woman involved gets crucified by the media!

    November 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  45. Ryan

    She wasn't thinking of that when she deceived her family and left her kids to go on a trip to Paris with the DP and sneak to the Pentagon 300 miles away from home while hubby and friends cared for the kids

    November 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  46. Pot Kettle Black

    She should stay focused on her family, if that's what she really cares about, and stop trying to control what other people think. Trying to manager her image now is too early, and only reinforces some people's perceptions of her. There is nothing she can do to remove the stigma from what she has done, and she should stop trying to do so.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  47. thetrendymom

    Check your grammatical errors Suzanne-you have a lot- for example, IT'S is for IT IS, so take the ' away. An 8th grader in a decent public school could write better than you! And why on earth would we care about Paula Broadwell's shame? She knew what she was doing.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • coachtd

      trendymom...are you the grammar police?

      November 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  48. OMG!

    Public stonning suites her best.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • John

      1 "n" as in "stoning"

      November 28, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  49. Avi Shlomo

    Paul is a Khazar spy working for AIPAC and by proxy for israel. That country never stop spying on us.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      You mean the old honeypot thing they do like with Spitzer good point.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
      • Avi Shlomo

        something like this and more :-)

        November 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Kory

      and you know that she is a spy how Avi? Get your head out of your @ss!

      November 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
      • Avi Shlomo

        obviously it is your head in your A$$ for you lack any deep understanding do some research boy!!

        November 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  50. The Janitor

    [Editor’s note: CNN’s Suzanne Kelly was also invited to Broadwell’s party.]

    Don't we need to know more about this? Is CNN part of the spin effort? Is she writing about a friend? The topic doesn't really cover national security, does it?

    November 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Wayne Schmand

      It's obviously a planted story by Paula's new PR firm to gauge sympathy to her rehabilitation. Does not look too promising as of now. Paula's husband as a reality TV show's biggest sucker.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      I'm sure friends as CNN trying to help. CNN not strong on journalism or accuracy in reporting (see Pierce Morgan and Casey Anthony "interview"

      November 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  51. Wayne Schmand

    Too bad no one seemed too ashamed before they wound up on the news. What comes next for the involved families is well deserves divorces and obscurity. I mean really, they could run around and screw whoever they liked and no one would of cared. But the CIA director and his biographer?!? As long as the earth spins no on will believe that classified material was not transferred. That's why Petreus resigned. Even if he is innocent, no one will believe it.
    I presume that this very article was planted by "Paula's" new media friends as a trial balloon.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  52. Ryan

    Sure pic was just months before she started the affair

    November 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  53. AnnieS

    What negative image? She slept with a married man. That's a total negative in my book, not just the IMAGE of negative. Nobody ever says much about the mistress, but I'm a single woman so I can have an opinion on it and I do. She did a very wrong thing, IMO. And now she'll always be remembered as the woman who brought down Petraeus in more ways than one. She'll have to learn to live with it because it's a fact. Just like the woman who brought down John Edwards. Good luck shedding the scandal, it's a permanent label now. And in some ways I'm sorry they will have to live with that forever, but maybe it's a good warning for other women. God wasn't trying to RUIN our FUN when He wrote the 10 Commandments: He was trying to spare us from a lot of heartache. It's obvious there's a whole lot of pain in this entire situation. Pain that won't go away easily.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  54. J.R. Radcliffe, MA

    Why is she not being called to active duty to answer for the UCMJ offense for Adultery?

    November 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  55. Eddie Haskell

    What negative image. It's wonderful being a PUTA!!

    November 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  56. Kansas Slim

    You do kinda' wonder why neither she nor Petraeus say anything about feeling bad or guilty until they got caught. Same with their spouses. Did they not fess up to the spouses until they were caught. At least Petraeus could tell his wife before it became public. It doesn't sound like he gave Broadwell the same courtesy. The other thing that is creepy is that she hires a PR firm to clean up her image. What's that about? You did what you did Paula (and Dave), so what's to clean up? Are we supposed to feel better about her because she loves her family and did interesting work? Still and all, they didn't kill anyone, so let's not go over the top about these people. They just did what people have been doing since monogamy became conventional. We don't have to admire them, but we don't have to crucify them either. Can't they just go away?

    November 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  57. us_1776

    She should have thought this all the way through, first.

    Too late now. The media will forever feast on this.

    .

    November 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  58. ug

    Sge is trying to drum up support that she is a ho' on the loose.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  59. Donna

    I think Broadwell should be ashamed of herself. I don't care if all her friends and family defend her. She is a lying conniving shrew who should be punished. If her husband stays with her, he is a weak, limp, pathetic non-man.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • Kansas Slim

      Yeah, Donna, but how do you really feel about Paula?

      November 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  60. Andrew

    She painted the picture when she went to bed with the General. She's getting what she deserves. She shouldn't try to act like it's not her fault. She climbed in the bed and did what she did. It is what it is and she did what she did and what she did is all negative. She knew it was wrong when she dropped her drawers and hit the sheets but did it anyway. No whining and pretending nothing happened. She's the guilty party, not the 'media'. What a farce to try and blame it on the 'media'; what a dishonest joke that is, another lie.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  61. 21k

    she becomes the general's personal sword-swallower, and now dislikes the attention? hope the husband is gettin' some serious payback.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  62. Scott

    Next career move for Broadwell: 1) Dancing With The "Stars" OR 2) Photo spread in Playboy. I swear, if this women, mother and wife makes a fortune off of this, I GIVE UP!
    PS. General Betrayus should lose all future military pay, including pensions from the military. Let him be a Walmart Greeter, for all I care.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  63. Linnie

    Hiring a big-time Washington PR firm to try to do damage control for her is a perfect example of someone who has more money than they have sense. There are still a few things that money can't buy.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Julie R

      Perhaps she should spend some of that money on a morals or ethics class!

      November 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  64. PoBoy

    Wow, it must be nice to be able to hire a public relations firm to fix your 'image.' That book must have done pretty darn good, but I don't see how she can afford that on a Reserve Majors salary. She is getting the 15 minutes of shame she sought, only it's not playing out as neatly as she had hoped.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  65. alumette

    It's all part of her PhD deal, you know....research about human values and behavior during opportunistic moments. It's all good until it's exposed. Oops, we are then so sorry.....tearful and concerned about other people. Too late for honesty !

    November 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  66. Janice Yuki

    "During that time, Kranz, her brother, described Broadwell as being tearful and ashamed of her actions and how the affair impacted her family."

    Yes, that happens when you get caught...

    November 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  67. bjaneyre

    It is interesting how most comments, center on Paula. General P was just as guilty as her. Hope his wife dumps his tired old butt. Paula's husband should dump her as well...

    November 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • Cap'n Rita

      The piece is about Broadwell. If you go on to stories about Petraeus you will find just as many scathing comments. It's called staying on topic. Grind your axe elsewhere.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  68. You Don't Say?

    too late.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  69. Mark in Arizona

    Repair her image!!! This is a married woman with children and a husband, who had an affair with a highly public figure (also married), she knew and spoke highly of his wife, yet still had an affair behind her back, has been found with classified material and there remains an investigation on this, and she has sent threatening E-mails to at least one woman regarding her to stay away from her lover! This is not just an ambitious woman...the "two diapers short of an astronaut" comment (which is fabulous!) is exactly on the mark.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • alumette

      She is the perfect self absorbed, narcissistic woman who will stop at nothing to save face. She is spending big bucks trying to fix her image. She is all about impressing people when it makes her look good. That ship has sailed. She should spend that money on herself and her family, getting shrink advice. She has no clue people do not think about her on any terms except that she slept with a guy she should not have and sent threatening E-mails she had no business sending. Anonymous ? did she really think anything on anyone's computer is anonymous ? Good grief ! it's all out there !

      November 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  70. Eve

    I'm very, very surprised Dr Broadwell is still with her. Where is the dignity of this husband?

    November 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      It is digniity, Madam, that stays his hand.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Give him a little time hopefully he is getting all of his ducks in a row financially and then drops the d bomb on her and DNAs the kids and if 1 or both aren't his he goes public with it!

      November 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  71. Disgusted

    She needs to be banished for life from all contact with anyone in government. Broadwell cannot have any influence in Washington ever!!! I am not excusing his actions but she has screwed.. pun intended the CIA also. Patraues was the future of a better intel agency. Now her and "Kelley's" stink has tainted General Allen. And NO BOOK deals!!!

    November 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Betty Smith

      Thank you- she cheats on her husband and worried about her 'public image'??? really??? Petraeus is not famous because he leached on to someone and 'co-authored' a book (could not even write it herself)- he is famous for years of sacrifice for his country!!!
      This whole story is ridiculous! may she rot in hell!

      November 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Amy

      I don't think she'll have much of a chance of continuing her present career since its highly unlikely she'll get her clearance back.

      November 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  72. roy

    Maybe another fresh general will help her mood.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  73. Mark in Atlanta

    Wow! Some pretty mean spirited stuff here. Clearly, she made a significant mistake. She needs to ditch any academic work she is doing related to General P. (clearly compromised), and she should not expect to ever be a public person without the affair being part of her story. Past that, she's not the worst person in the world. Her family will decide if they want to forgive her or not, and while the rest of us have no obligation to forget what she has done, we don't need to burn her at the stake. Lord knows we as a nation have gladly heaped accolades on adulterers like Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H,W, Bush, Dwight Eisenhauer and THomas Jefferson.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      And those other adulterers you name should also be burned at the stake right alongside Paula Broadwell.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
      • Mark in Atlanta

        Huh. And what other offenses would you deem "burn worthy" Mike? Is adultry as bad as murder? Or starting an unneccessary war that killed hundreds of thousands of people? Or torturing prisoners? How about jay walking and tax evasion? Also capital crimes? And in what way are you different than the folks in Afghanastan who stone people for this sort of thing?

        November 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
      • melinda2012222

        SHe was far worse than a plain old adulteress. Thats why the public can't stand her. Duh.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
      • Mark in Atlanta

        Melinda, still haven't heard anything from you to suggest you hold both parties responsible. Duh.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • melinda2012222

      Mean spirited? Tell that to Jill Kelley! or to Holly Petraeus.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • Mark in Atlanta

        Feel a lot more sympathy for for Holly P. than Jill K. Also can't help but notice that I haven't seen anyone call General P. anything as ugly as C>>> or Wh>>>, Wonder why that is? I don't excuse her for what she did. Seems like a big deal to me. I just think he should be held to the same standard.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • The Janitor

      If Petraeus resigned, and released the statement without telling the woman with whom he had an affair that he was about to confess to the affair, then he is a c*** and a w****.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
      • Ryan

        The reporting by CNN as evidenced by this writer is really going down hill.

        November 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Cap'n Rita

      Unfortunately, Mark, there exists a double standard. And I don't necessarily disagree with it. There is, to my mind, something even more vile about a wife and mother (I am both) who betrays her family. Petraeus is an old fool and Broadwell certainly saw a way to advance herself on her back. I hope she is spending more on counseling to repair her marriage and the damage this is going to cause her children in the future than she is on her "image". Anyone with a shred of decency would just fade into obscurity instead of hiring a PR firm.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Amy

        Her actions speak louder than her words. Before this she spent long periods of time away from her husband and little kids to bask in the attention and reflected power of Petraeus.

        Now that she was caught, she says she's really a devoted wife and mother. Except again, what do her actions say? She is spending her resources on her image, rather than her family.

        November 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
      • Ryan

        Very true Amy.

        November 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
      • IMAGUARDMEMBER

        Petraeus is also a father and twenty years older than Broadwell. Plus he outranks her by five promotions. He should have known better and resisted her seduction. Google pictures of Broadwell wearing tight fitting blouses. As a military member the one that boils my blood is the picture of her in uniform (newly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel) standing with Karl Rove. She has both the top (allowable) and second button unfastened. Every Private and West Point candidate is taught from day one the proper wear of uniform. There are regulations that govern dress and appearance. And the artistic chalk drawings (Dad heart Mom) in the Broadwell's driveway. They were too neat to be from her children. Paula Katz may have been successful in high school, but her actions speak louder than words. Like Lisa Nowak, Paula is probably obsessive-compulsive with a narcissistic personality disorder. Here is the best explanation I've read on why Lisa may have snapped in her fatal attraction murder plot. It sounds eerily similar to the Petraeus-Broadwell affair.

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/11/11/the-lisa-nowak-i-knew.html

        November 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • joseph enry

      Did any of these people hire a PR firm, CNN to "fix" their image?

      November 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      You missed something: Ever heard about the Kennedy's?

      November 28, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
  74. lex

    Both Petraeus and Broadwell are equally to blame for this. One is not more fallible than the other. And both should have known what would happen if the affair was revealed.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Betty Smith

      But he killed himself for his country, what did she do other than bring him down?

      November 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
      • lex

        It takes two to have an affair. He didn't have to do it.

        November 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  75. Cindy

    She is a black widow spider. Beware. She lies, she cheats, she betrays.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      And what about the General? What is he? Or is this only her fault?

      November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • joe the plumber

        he is an overrated general who's strategies aren't that successful and who lost everything including his legacy because of this affair

        she's just some bimbo people will forget about a year from now, its her that gets off easy

        November 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • Mark in Atlanta

        Fair enough, Joe. That sounds pretty even-handed to me.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
      • joseph enry

        Mark: Did he hire a PR firm, have CNN to interview his friends attempting to "fix" his image?

        November 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
      • Ryan

        He did one with a reporter on HLN, owned by CNN. So a case of quid pro quo you do one I do one

        November 28, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  76. John

    What image will her PR people try to fashion? Will it be an image of repentance and dignity? She is, and will always be, an adulteress. She will always wear that scarlet letter. "A"

    November 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  77. Bill

    This gal's 2 diapers short of being an astronaut.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • kevin

      Good one!

      November 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • MK

      Okay. That cracked me up.

      November 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  78. ckarke

    What did she expect would happen? Was it OK she let her family down, No. I am sure in time they will forgive her, but will she forgive herself. Maybe, maybe not

    November 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  79. Aud

    Every picture taken of her since the scandal (not many but there are a few), she's wearing a stupid smirk on her face for the press, giving the impression she's ENJOYING this all. This makes me cringe.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • John

      think you are talking about the former "honorary consul" from Florida.

      November 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  80. kevin

    Since she was opening her mouth and spreading her legs for someone other than her husband, I believe the vitriol aimed at her is well deserved.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      Ok . . . now karma is going to befall you because you need a life's lesson. I wonder how you will handle your future situation.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • kevin

        My karma and I will do just fine thanks, as my trouser mouse is commited to my wife.

        November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  81. Cap'n Rita

    "...turning instead to family and friends as she tries to assess just how news of the affair might impact her future.

    The only future she deserves is one involving a pole and $1 bills. Since she's so ambitious she might even end up with some $5s and $10s. Her kids are going to be so proud later down the road when they fully understand the "mommy made a mistake" story she undoubtedly stuffed them with.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      Sounds like you spend a lot of time in strip clubs Cap'n Rita. Stay classy.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
      • Cap'n Rita

        Never have set foot in one, Mark-thanks for asking, but apparently YOU were able to grasp the idea. You seem just a bit too defensive tonight. Must be some extra-marital skeletons in your closet. I promise, I know far more about staying classy than your posts suggest you do.

        November 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  82. JohnnyBBad

    Once a lying cheating ho, always a lying cheating ho! Just ask Tiger Woods' ex wife...

    November 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  83. Lizzy10

    I know this will sound judgmental, but come on-she had an affair with a married man, was married herself. There is no PR that can rescue this person's reputation. What she needs to do is quietly disappear, and hope her spouse and kids can forgive her.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Agreed. Her public life is over. And to be honest abou it, until she publicly takes the responsibility for her conduct she's not going to get much peace, even in private.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      I agree. But, would you say anything different for the General? I think responsibility and consequences on this one should be 50-50.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  84. Steve

    BFD, about half of all marriages have or had some kind of affair going on. Jill Kelley is the one people should hate. She somehow has major power over the FBI, to the point she can get an FBI team assigned to look at her "jealous emails". I thought the FBI had much more important things than investigating non-criminal jealousy. Maybe it is time for some budgets cuts at the bureau, seems to be some serious fat – people with too much time on their hands.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  85. Dave

    Just because I am an adulterer whose actions helped destroyed the career of the Director of the CIA, an American war hero doesn't mean I am a bad person...

    November 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • lex

      Last time I checked Petraeus destroyed his own career. He wasn't forced into the affair.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      You're either joking or drunk.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      Ditto to Lex and Mike.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Squidgal

      I mean I tripped up on some of those Army Values...but hey give this LTC a break.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      Right . . . poor, innocent, victim director of the CIA

      November 28, 2012 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • Maglets

      Good one – I get your humor – god one. Yeah, that's basically what the B has th PR firm tryin' to pitch. Sorry – no sell to the American public.

      November 28, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  86. adam

    That Battalion Commander has his sun glasses on his head. He should be ashamed of himself. What a lack of military bearing and respect for the uniform.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  87. NoKidding

    Cheating on your spouse is cheating on your spouse. I don't know what can be done to fix that image. Broadwell shouldn't waste her money hiring some company to try and fix her image.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      For fifty percent of spouses, fidelity is thrown out the window at one time or another – amazing anyone is faithful anymore – or perhaps their time hasn't come or they are lacking hormones or people who test them. It is devastating, destructive for many – but there are many who don't find out and likely for the best although they may suspect. Sad, but reality. Often people don't pick the right partner or they take each other for granted or who knows what. S . . . happens all over the place. Few get out of this life untested or unscathed or often faithful, it seems – well, maybe in Muslim worlds where it can mean stoning and death.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  88. 200 TON HAMMER

    Mrs Broadwell move on live your life your still a beautiful mulatto chocolate woman who got caught up in the heat of passion and writing a book about general p. by the way you have nice juicy lips

    November 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  89. Hannah

    Now that Paula Broadwell has been caugh with the General, she screams for her privacy and want a normal life with her cuckolded husband. She should have thought about that BEFORE she started spreading her legs for him.

    This is yet another good story that Paula's newly hired PR agency is spinning. I guess they have to earn their fees some way.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  90. J

    The stated media strategy of the Glover Park Group is to take the focus off the national defense implications of their actions and place it on the personal consequences of their adultery. That strategy is succeeding. No one mentions that the CIA Director or Broadwell, who had access to classified material, might have been open to blackmail as a result of their behavior. Broadwell is even being painted as a whistleblower in some circles, because she mentioned the two prisoners at the CIA annex. Wasn't she leaking classified information at that point? They both showed a willful disregard for the safety of their country in their selfish and egotistical behavior.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  91. melinda2012222

    The comments she made at her Denver lecture on Banghazi and her nasty emails to Jill Kelley are just the icing on the Broadwell cake .

    Other than that, her overambitious will-do-anything-to-get some-power type of career narcissism is a dime a dozen.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  92. FU Suzan

    The writer of this article was invited to Broadwell's birthday bash and is clearly one of her supporters. Don't listen to what these people say.
    Let the facts speak for themselves.
    Where was this shame and guilt when she was banging the general behind her husband's back and flaunting her scam book on public tv?
    I have no sympathy for cheaters and broadwell deserves everything she is getting and more. Same to u Petreaus

    November 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Right

      November 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  93. Mike

    Fact for fact, this business is a carbon copy of the 2007 Lisa Nowak case. You remember the Navy astronaut who wore a diaper a thousand miles to confront her "other woman." In 2009, Nowak copped a plea to dispense the civil charges against her. But in 2010, the Navy stripped her of rank and kicked her out of the service under "Other Than Honorable" conditions. Her husband followed suit with a divorce and custody of their children.

    Paula Broadwell deserves AT LEAST the same as Lisa Nowak.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      I bet the timeline goes back to when she went to see the general in the middle east I mean come on.

      November 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • Hannah

        So true, Tom!

        November 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • Ryan

        Agree, the stated timeline seems to be to control events, think it was much earlier too.

        November 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • D rogero

      She was wearing a diaper too?!

      November 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
  94. melinda2012222

    Paula Broadwell deserves all the vitriol being aimed at her. And more!
    She is not a sympathetic character whatsoever and whatever costly agency she hired to "rehabilitate her image" is going to have to brainstorm for another decade to get people to have any support for her.
    Her many disgusting actions over a long time period already created her image for her.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Scott could do so much better I hope he decides to move on life is too short to live with this wayward.

      November 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      You are one mean person. I wonder if you should be forgiven for being so merciless.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  95. Tom

    I hope for his own piece of mind Scott DNA tests the kids.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • kevin

      Good point!

      November 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      There are similarities in the timeline when DP/PB met and their ages.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • Ahria

      They are still his kids. He has raised them. What difference would it make at this stage, honestly. He loves them, He is the dad. What is he going to do, dispose of them? This also has been going on for eternity – minus DNA tests.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  96. Ryan Lee

    live the c*ck, die with the c*ck

    November 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  97. Melissa

    30mins of sucky sucky gets u in all the top secret parties.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      And whose fault is that?

      November 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  98. Eddie Haskell

    Paula Broadwell is a pure unadulterated -hore. Petraues is a male -hore. Her husband is a saint or moron.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  99. Melissa

    I hear she was sucking off all the top generals.

    November 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      I hear all the top generals were looking for someone to suck them off.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  100. Hahahahahahahaha

    I hope the husband dumps the c_nt!!! Once a cheater. Always a cheater. Hahahahahahaha

    November 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • Mark in Atlanta

      Nasty little post, laughing boy. Do you also think General P. is also a c..... and hope his wife (a very impressive woman by the way) dumps his sorry ass? Just wondering if you object to adultery or women.

      November 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
      • Bimbo Of The Month

        That would be objecting to adulterous women.

        November 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • tdl172

        what is your problem Mark?, no one is saying he is inncent but the article is about her thats why everyone is replying towards her. every comment you make is basically " if she is a cheater what is he" we know what he is. you must be her cousin or sister or a female friend and call yourself Mark.

        November 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • lex

        The problem, tdl172, is that most of the comments seem to be pinning the blame only on Broadwell. Mark is pointing out that there are two people who did something wrong, not just one.

        November 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • OMG!

      Yeah, sue her too.

      November 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
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