At the time, a lie seems like a good idea, especially if your ass is on the line. For good, professional liars, a lie is not complete unless it includes an expression of utter outrage or insult at what you’re being accused of (even though you know you did it). The problem, however, is when the truth comes out, you humiliate all those that believed (and loved) you and have ruined your own reputation, sometimes beyond repair. The biggest issue I have with Kwame Kilpatrick is what he said during his testimony last summer. As reported by USA Today, at one point Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty.
“I think it was pretty demoralizing to her – you have to know her – but it’s demoralizing to me as well,” the mayor said. “My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”
I hope his apology helps to mend and re-establish the respect of at least his family. Maybe Detroit will forgive him too. (He did record the apoloy at his church…)