Why Huma, Hillary Stand By Their Men

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (Stephen Nessen/WNYC/Joe Raedle/ Getty)

Perhaps the most remarkable part of Anthony Weiner's news conference Tuesday โ€” where he admitted that he continued sexting, even after he resigned from Congress โ€” was the moment his wife, Huma Abedin, stepped up to the podium to defend her husband and to explain her own actions.

"It was not an easy choice in any way," she said. "But I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family."

It's a decision that has baffled some observers, and one that could be examined through the lens of her relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Abedin started working for the Clintons in 1996 as a White House intern and continues to work for Hillary Clinton now. Clinton has even called Abedin "a second daughter."

"Hillary Clinton has learned how to eat scandal for breakfast," said Gail Sheehy, author of Hillary's Choice. "She goes on and on and on and has proved that if you work at it long enough, you can survive and thrive if you have your own political talents. Huma is a baby in the water here, at her first press conference, trying to defend a man who we find out has continued to betray her."

To hear host Amy Eddings' full conversation with Gail Sheehy, click on the audio link above.

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Comments [8]

Celina Pipman from Ossining, NY

I agreed with one of your listeners, a psychotherapist. Anthony Weiner, has enough cognitive abilities to know that what he was doing will affect him in the long run and still could not control himself. What he appears to have are urges or compulsions he cannot control.Therefore, in a position of power suffering from this compulsion, he will have to use tax payers money to cover his trails. I believe he will better off retiring to deal his issues and his marriage in private.
I also know from working in the field of mental health, that these issues take a great deal of time to manage and the pressure of a high power job will not help him, quite the opposite it could lead to the escalation of more episodes of the same nature.
His attention and performance will not be able to be on the job hundred percent..

Jul. 28 2013 07:30 PM
Richard from Astana

They stand by their men because their own ambition is greater than their own self-respect.

Jul. 27 2013 11:10 AM

Simply - it's none of our business. Actually - I think forgiveness is healthy. That said - Weiner and Spitzer should find something else to do.

Jul. 25 2013 04:21 PM
Carlitta from NYC

Some things are private - like private parts...
We must not question why Huma is staying or leaving.
We must question whether Weiner is worthy of being mayor. What he has done to earn the vote. Let's not make the same "Carlos Danger" error, by dragging the private into public.
Leave her out of this.
Her husband, Carlos D. needs to get the heck out of public life.

Jul. 25 2013 11:58 AM

It's becoming a "tired" comment when a woman stands by her man after an infidelity Hillary Clinton's name is thrown into the discussion. Come on, millions of women do it. Right or wrong can we get beyond comparing every infidelity to the Bill Clinton's.

Jul. 25 2013 10:51 AM
martha from brooklyn

Most relationships call for at least some forgiveness. People forgive worse than this in many marriages - and manage to work through it and become stronger - though it's true most don't have to do it in public.

Jul. 25 2013 09:49 AM

Definitely worthy of the "second daughter" designation -
Huma "a baby in the water"? (I think not.)

Jul. 25 2013 04:20 AM

Perhaps she has political aspirations and wants to milk the sympathy vote as much as possible. Hillary only had to endure one very public embarrassing incident -- not two. Plus, her man was president.

Jul. 25 2013 12:18 AM

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