Top Public Mea Culpas

Not surprisingly, Bill Clinton is king of the list
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2009 5:11 AM CDT
In this March 12, 2008, file photo, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation amid a prostitution scandal.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – David Letterman’s acknowledgement yesterday of some skeletons in his closet is only the latest caught by television’s unforgiving lens; Lisa Todorovich runs down her faves on True/Slant:

  • Bill Clinton: The Democratic candidate, with wife Hillary alongside, cops to “mistakes in my marriage in a 1992 interview with CBS.
  • Bill Clinton, part deux: “I don’t think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned,” he told the 1998 White House Prayer Breakfast in admitting his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky.

  • Eliot Spitzer: After his penchant for prostitutes hit the headlines last year, the New York governor resigned, saying, “I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.”
  • Mark Sanford: “It began very innocently,” the South Carolina governor said of his Argentine affair. Innocently enough that he’s still in office.
  • Jim McGreevey: “My truth is that I am a gay American,” the New Jersey governor said after admitting a liaison with a top male aide, and resigning.
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