On Tuesday evening, at a dinner honoring the military at USC, General David Petraeus profusely apologized for his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. As we recall, Petraeus was a four star general who retired in order to become head of the CIA. When the affair was revealed late last year, Petraeus resigned from the intelligence post.

We probably all recall the goofy series of events that exposed his affair with Broadwell, a West Point graduate. She allegedly sent e-mails to Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite, regarding Kelley’s relationship with Petraeus, which Kelley considered threatening. She went to a friend of hers who worked for the FBI, which apparently induced the FBI to investigate. They questioned Broadwell, who readily admitted her affair with the Iraq War hero. When they then approached the CIA chief, he also admitted the affair, and resigned.

Petraeus opened his speech with the following comments:

“Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters,” Petraeus told a crowd gathered at a Los Angeles hotel ballroom. “I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing.”

I assume that Americans will forgive Petraeus his affair, since he has never seemed to deny it, and it never caused a problem in his job at the CIA. It would be difficult for any other candidates to denounce him for the affair, since many from both parties have their own dirty laundry. He would be one of the favored candidates from the neo-con wing of the GOP in 2016, being one of the few military heroes available for the Presidential ticket.

Here is the video of the Petraeus apology: