When Mark Sanford took to the airwaves to apologize for his affair, he took the time to apologize not just to his wife, his children and mistress, but the people of South Carolina. Here's how some of them reacted.

(Photos annotated with Governor Sanford's own words.)


South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

"In so doing, let me first of all apologize to my wife Jenny and our four great boys, Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake, for letting them down.

One of the primary roles, well before being a governor, is being a father to those four boys who are absolute jewels and blessings that I've let down in a profound way. And I apologize to them."


South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

"I would secondly say to Jenny, anybody who has observed her over the last 20 years of my life knows how closely she has stood by my side, in campaign after campaign after campaign and literally being my campaign manager, and in raising those."


South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

"I would also like to apologize to my staff because, as much as I did talk about going to the Appalachian Trail (ph) — that was one of the original scenarios that I'd thrown out to Mary Neil (ph) — that isn't where I ended up.

And so I let them down by created a fiction with record to where I was going, which means that I had then in turn, given as much they relied on that information, let down people that I represent across this state. And so I want to apologize to my staff and I want to apologize to anybody who lives in South Carolina for the way that I let them down on that front."



South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

I — I want to apologize to good friends. Tom Davis came over to the house. He drove up from Beaufort. And he has been an incredibly dear friend for a very long time.


South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

"On the ride over here, I called the house, and in the background, I could hear my parents-in-laws, who had come up to be with Jenny, and I've let them down.

I had the most, you know, surreal of conversations a number of weeks ago with my father-in-law, laying some cards on the table.

And he was incredibly gentlemanly, as you cannot imagine, in saying here were some things that I was struggling with with regard to where my heart was, where I was in life — those different kinds of things.

And I let him down. I've let down a lot of people. That's the bottom line. And I let them down, and in every instance I would ask their forgiveness."


South Carolinians React To Governor Sanford's Tearful Confession

"And so, oddly enough, I spent the last five days, and I was crying in Argentina so I could repeat it when I came back here, in saying, you know, while, indeed, from a heart level, there was something real."


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