June 4th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Letters to the President: #866 'Falling from on high'

Reporter's Note: Presidents rarely, in my experience, admit mistakes. Which is a shame, I think. Because when it comes to that subject, we’ve all had our share…

Dear Mr. President,

Is it just me or is it downright freaky to see John Edwards trotting around outside a courtroom facing charges? I know, I know, on any given day I suspect voters would be happy to see every soul on Capitol Hill frog-marched over to the Iron Bar Hilton. But it just seems odd to watch someone who competed for the same office you now hold and who was frankly, at one point, considered a much more likely winner than you, falling so very, very far from that lofty height.

Related: John Edwards pleads not guilty to conspiracy, campaign law violations

I understand that people make mistakes. We all do. I once wore argyle socks to a funeral for crying out loud. Still, it is hard to imagine that anyone entering the pressure cooker of a presidential bid could imagine that such activities would go unnoticed. Uh, especially if his “friend” is running around shooting videotape of him flirting with the camera all the time. Just saying…