CIA Director David Petraeus resigned on Friday after admitting to cheating on his wife. The retired four-star U.S. Army general offered his resignation to President Barack Obama on Thursday. Newly re-elected President Obama accepted the David Petraeus resignation by phone on Friday.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in a statement distributed to CIA colleagues on Friday. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
“Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end,” Petraeus said.
President Obama was reportedly shocked by the news of the David Petraeus affair and resignation request.
“By any measure, he was one of the outstanding general officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end,” the president said about David Petraeus. “As director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication and patriotism.”
The woman involved in the David Petraeus affair remains unidentified at this time, but was not a member of the armed forces or the CIA.