Although I sat through the sixteen minutes and thirty four seconds of John Edwards’ “apology,” I regret to say that at no time during that interview did I hear him utter the words, “I’m sorry.” Curious ommission, deliberate choice, or subliminal refusal to be accountable– despite multiple repetitions of ‘having made a mistake he’s responsible for’?
Here at didtheywow, we’re going with subliminal refusal. Why? Because if you read his AP Newswire “apology,” although you see the words, “I’m sorry” appear, they appear as follows, “It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, and it is inadequate to say to the people I love that I am sorry.”
Really? I don’t remember being polled as to what I feel is adequate or not. Anybody else get a call?
Mr. Edwards goes on to claim that the choices he made were due to a belief that “I was special” and that he “became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.” Perhaps. The larger question, however, is does he continue to feel ‘special’? From where I sit, the answer is, yes. His decision regarding what is adequate for others to hear in terms of an apology–to me– contains a distinct stink of egotism and narcissism.
P.S. and b/t/w: didtheywow wants to go on the record as saying Mr. Edwards’ assertion that his marriage will survive this is likely to be a falsehood. Watch his eyes when he says it– their downward shift tells another story.