John Edwards Cut 'I Lied' From Confession
His former speechwriter reflects on her 'sorrow' and 'disgust'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 12:10 PM CST
John Edwards in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(Newser) – John Edwards watered down the self-criticism in his recent admission of paternity, says the disillusioned former speechwriter who helped him write his confession. "It was very different compared to the one he and I had worked on over the summer," writes Wendy Button. "Gone were the words 'I lied.' The humble apology he had written was turned into the empty phrase, 'these words will never be enough.'"

Button reflects on the fallout in a lengthy piece in the Huffington Post. "I hope it will show another side to this mess—former staffers who feel a complicated mix of anger, disgust, and sorrow." She doesn't begrudge Andrew Young for his tell-all and praises his "willingness to speak truth to power." But "for the hundreds of us who didn't repair sex tapes with scotch tape, the truth and the details of John's mess, they break our hearts all over again."

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Feb 13, 2010 1:41 AM CST
go move to china we dont want you anymore
Feb 12, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Frankly, my dears, I think he should just have said something like, "my personal life is a mess because I dedicated my efforts to working for the public. I don't know what I'm going to do or what will happen, but I'm going to do what is right." STYLE, eh?
Feb 12, 2010 8:56 AM CST
Is he like trying to save face or something? For what end? Does he foresee a future legacy of some sort that the public is not aware about? He needs the sensibility to get the heck out of the spotlight real quick and make a new living for himself.