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Who is Holly Petraeus?

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/11/12/who-david-petraeus-wife-holly-petraeus?iid=article_sidebar 

David Petraeus breaks his silence to HLN’s Kyra Philips. Read her full description of their conversations right here.

Her last name made it easy to attract attention.

It's unique and immediately identifiable, even among those who had never met her in person.

It afforded her a degree of power -- and with it, intrigue.

Not "Petraeus" -- that would come a year later.

In 1973, Hollister "Holly" Knowlton was the college-aged, eligible daughter of Lt. Gen. William A. Knowlton, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, when she was set up on a blind date with an ambitious cadet named David Petraeus.

The couple attended an Army football game and a friend later told USA Today that seeing Petraeus with his high-profile companion elicited a rowdy response and a few thumbs up from his pals in the student section.

The two were engaged a few months after graduation and married May 12, 1974. The New York Times ran their wedding announcement:

"Lieut. Gen. William A Knowlton, superintendent of the United States Military Academy, and Mrs. Knowlton have announced the engagement of their daughter Miss Hollister Knowlton to First Classman David Howell Petraeus, who will graduate from West Point June 5. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sixtus Petraeus of Cornwall, NY.

Miss Knowlton, who will graduate June 2 from Dickinson College, and her fiance have planned their wedding for early July. An alumna of the Madeira School in Greenway, VA, she was presented at the International Debutante Ball here."

Over the next 38 years, as their family grew and careers unfolded in ways unimaginable on that blind date, the Petraeus' moved 23 times. Holly was well-prepared for the peripatetic life of a military spouse, being the daughter of a four-star general and part of a family whose members had served in the Civil, Indian, Spanish-American, and both world wars.

She became an active volunteer, performing a number of military and family support roles on the bases where her family would settle and then re-settle. David and Holly Petraeus now have two grown children and, as dad was climbing the ranks, they bounced from Georgia to Italy, Kansas to New Jersey, Belgium to Germany, North Carolina to Washington, D.C.

It was along this trail that Holly Petraeus found her own professional passion -- helping young, financially vulnerable military families avoid the shady businesses who often prey on them. "Outside most large military installations, there's a strip," she explained to NPR. "And it has the 'buy here, pay here' car lots, the pawn shops, the check cashers, in some cases the payday lenders."

"They were lined up like bears at a trout stream," she's said.

Holly Petraeus seized the role of financial advocate for these service members, buoyed by the regrets she had about her own financial decisions when the Petraeus' were fresh out of school.

She often tells troops how the couple blew their cash on a sports car which too often broke down, an apartment which they regrettably rented sight-unseen and a foosball table, which she told USA Today was the first piece of furniture they bought.

Her tireless campaigns to establish better protections for what she's called "a targeted population" that's victim to such practices as illegal foreclosures resulted in Petraeus being asked to lead the Better Business Bureau's Military Line in 2003.

"She’s Mom, apple pie, and also a pit bull," a former BBB colleague told NPR in 2011. During her tenure -- and while her husband was leading the 101st Airborne Division through combat in southern Iraq -- Petraeus even testified on Capitol Hill about how "unrelenting" overseas deployments were impacting military families.

She was named in 2011 to a position in the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs, a post she still holds. The appointment was made by Elizabeth Warren, who was elected last week to the Senate.

It was around that time that an affair between Gen. David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was beginning.

A few months later, in February of this year, Broadwell called Holly Petraeus "wonderful" during a televised discussion about her book.

She also described the couple as having a "wonderful marriage":

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LKRA
by Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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I'll be the first to admit that I live with my head in the sand pretty much 85% of the time. So forgive me for asking an obtuse question.

But why in the hell is this whole Petraeus thing news? I mean, he cheated on his wife, there was no security breach, so what the hell?

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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He resigned his position as CIA director as a result of his affair becoming public.

There was also a very degrading article on here yesterday about how the affair was somehow his wife's fault. I wanted people to see who this woman is.

Quoting LKRA:

I'll be the first to admit that I live with my head in the sand pretty much 85% of the time. So forgive me for asking an obtuse question.

But why in the hell is this whole Petraeus thing news? I mean, he cheated on his wife, there was no security breach, so what the hell?


LKRA
by Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Okay, but what does "where he puts his penis" have ANYTHING to do with "how he does his job"?

Did he suck as the CIA Director?

Quoting mikiemom:

He resigned his position as CIA director as a result of his affair becoming public.

There was also a very degrading article on here yesterday about how the affair was somehow his wife's fault. I wanted people to see who this woman is.

Quoting LKRA:

I'll be the first to admit that I live with my head in the sand pretty much 85% of the time. So forgive me for asking an obtuse question.

But why in the hell is this whole Petraeus thing news? I mean, he cheated on his wife, there was no security breach, so what the hell?

 


LKRA
by Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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Jesus, just ignore my responses. I am too damned dumb to have a conversation about this. lol

I was reading the thread from 11/09/12, when he first resigned, and apparently there's rules in the military about fucking other people, and stuff about possible blackmail, and some guy named Sinclair, and some town called Bengaizi (did I spell that right?). I know NOTHING about any of this.

Why am I in this group? lol

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

suffice it to say, there is still an investigation going on as to how his judgement may have impaired his ability to do his job. But the point of this thread is to show what an incredible person Holly Petreaus is and what a boot licker her husband is, do you think he married the daughter of the West Point Commendant because to further his career, I sure as hell do.

Quoting LKRA:

Jesus, just ignore my responses. I am too damned dumb to have a conversation about this. lol

I was reading the thread from 11/09/12, when he first resigned, and apparently there's rules in the military about fucking other people, and stuff about possible blackmail, and some guy named Sinclair, and some town called Bengaizi (did I spell that right?). I know NOTHING about any of this.

Why am I in this group? lol


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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Quoting LKRA:

Jesus, just ignore my responses. I am too damned dumb to have a conversation about this. lol

I was reading the thread from 11/09/12, when he first resigned, and apparently there's rules in the military about fucking other people, and stuff about possible blackmail, and some guy named Sinclair, and some town called Bengaizi (did I spell that right?). I know NOTHING about any of this.

Why am I in this group? lol

Because we need your sense of humor and well, other 'aspects' you bring!  *wink*

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~ Maya Angelou

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
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Thanks for posting this article.

The man's choice to cheat should not be a direct reflection on to his wife.  This woman is a wonderful, caring, loving and intelligent woman.  He fucked up on his own and none of the responsibility should fall on to his wife.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Not only that but she supported his career every step of the way. It sounds like to me, he got caught by his wife, he decided he made a mistake and ended the affair, psycho-whore broadman couldn't imagine him going back to his wife so she thought he left her to have an affair with another military leeching psycho whore. it's a huge mess and I feel terribly for Mrs Petreaus, this man should spend the rest of his life licking her feet.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Thanks for posting this article.

The man's choice to cheat should not be a direct reflection on to his wife.  This woman is a wonderful, caring, loving and intelligent woman.  He fucked up on his own and none of the responsibility should fall on to his wife.


Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Better Question...
Why does it matter?

She was a military brat who married a military man and became a military wife. Hmmm... That also describes me. :-)

She is a woman who was cheated on by her husband and her husband chose to make that affair public.

Leave her alone
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

So in essence you are saying she deserves the criticism she is receiving - gotcha

I for one think she is an amazing woman.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Better Question...
Why does it matter?

She was a military brat who married a military man and became a military wife. Hmmm... That also describes me. :-)

She is a woman who was cheated on by her husband and her husband chose to make that affair public.

Leave her alone


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