When Andrew decided to take responsibility for the baby, he says his intention was to protect John, which was something he couldn't do for his own father. "[My dad] was a very powerful minister, and my dad was the one who got me involved in politics. And then he had an affair of his own that destroyed his career," he says. "There was a part of me that was trying to put Humpty Dumpty back on the wall to save them from what our family went through. Does it make sense? Does it make it right? No."
Though John was a friend, Andrew says he didn't feel comfortable telling John that the affair was a mistake in the first place. "Most friends aren't one of the most charismatic, powerful people in the world," he says. "There's a sense [in Washington] that once somebody becomes president ... that they can get away with anything."
Published on February 24, 2010