Tammy Wynette's classic song "Stand by Your Man" may be the traditional tune, but it seems some family women are not up to the task, especially when their very public husbands cheat. Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" may be more suited for wronged wives like Jenna Sanford. The mother of four is marching to the beat of a different drummer than some of her famous peers like Silda Spitzer and Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Edwards even said she did not want her children to remember the scandalous image of her husband, John, so she helped to "create the picture for them that I want them to have."
After disappearing, Governor Mark Sanford was discovered in an Atlanta airport and shortly thereafter admitted to and apologized for an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman. For the first time in a while, a pearl-adorned wife was not there to watch her husband weep his way through a press conference. Perhaps the leaked emails between the governor and his mistress were too damning for her to make an appearance. Though they are currently separated, Jenna Sanford issued a public statement regarding their situation and how it affects their children. To see what she said, read more. South Carolina's first lady said:
"I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage . . . Instead, the greatest legacy I will leave in this world is the character of the children I, or we, leave behind. It is for that reason that I deeply regret the recent actions of my husband Mark, and their potential damage to our children."
It sounds like this mother is leaving Mark's image up to his actions instead of sheltering their children from the truth. Where would you find yourself in such a predicament?