"About an hour after Jenny Sanford talked of her pain and feelings of betrayal, her husband brushed aside any suggestion he might immediately resign, citing the Bible and the story of King David _ who continued to lead after sleeping with another man's wife, Bathsheba, having the husband slain, then marrying the widow.
"What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily _ fell in very, very significant ways, but then picked up the pieces and built from there," Sanford told members of his cabinet in a session called so he could apologize to them in person and tell them the business of government must continue."
He apparently forgot the part about David and his nation facing untold suffering and being pretty much destroyed.
Jenny Sanford, on the other hand, is my Person Of The Year. Check out Mary Schmich's take from the Chicago Tribune.
This is recommended reading for any who has faced, is facing, or will face a troubled marriage in their human circle. (That would mean, every single one of us.):
So once again we, the public, step eagerly into our roles as marriage counselors.
Should Jenny Sanford join the long line of political wives who stand by their man?
Or should she have at him with a Skilsaw?
She didn't stand next to him when he stood up at a press conference Wednesday. Instead she issued a statement saying she still loved him and was open to reconciliation but had asked him two weeks ago for a trial separation.
"We reached a point," she said, "where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong."
Sanford's response struck me as sensible, subtle and strong. She stood up for herself and corrected him without lashing out.