Two clips for you, the first the set-up via this morning’s “The View” and the second the punchline via GQ. You can imagine her thought process: “What better way to correct public perceptions that I’m promiscuous and opportunistic than to pose half-naked on my infant daughter’s bed?” And yet, somehow, the finished product didn’t quite capture that element of class she was going for. Go figure.
And what was his reaction [to the pregnancy]?
He was always very gracious about it. And always said that he would support whatever decision I made. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion. Because he didn’t—he wasn’t happy about the timing. Which is understandable. [laughs] He was married and running for president. And I find it interesting that my daughter thought that would be a good time to come into the world. That daddy was running for president and married to someone else. “Gee, I think now’s the perfect time.” There’s something to be said for divine timing…
So he was gracious, really? There were no fights about it?
No, there were no fights. He was very gracious, but I always felt the underlying discontent in his graciousness. I remember one time in Miami—or was it Orlando? [laughs] I traveled a lot to see him. But he said to me, he was like, “There’s just nothing I can say to make you change your mind about this.” and I said, “Nope.” he said, “Guess I’m just gonna have to accept it.” very teasing and sweet.
In the immortal words (well, almost) of John Edwards himself, why didn’t he come to her like a f***ing man and ask her to have an abortion?
Oh — if you’re reading the GQ interview for dirt on the legendary Edwards sex type, let me save you the time and tell you that Hunter’s not at liberty to talk about it. But no worries. The Daily Beast has got you covered.