Kristina Bouweiri
Business owner

Kristina Bouweiri

Owns and operates Reston Limousine, one of the D.C. area's largest limousine and shuttle services.

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Honesty and trust

Q: How much privacy do super-successful public figures deserve? Do the infidelities of Tiger Woods or former presidential candidate John Edwards change your perceptions of them?

Public figures seem to always feel they have no privacy. Now, more than ever, the under-the-microscope scrutiny is the price paid for celebrity status, or time spent in the political arena. However, I do believe that public figures deserve some privacy, and I believe that often the media takes a situation too far.

In terms of infidelities, yes, my perceptions of Tiger Woods and John Edwards have changed. For me, it is a matter of honesty and trust. If these individuals are being dishonest with their wives and families, who should be the most important people in their lives, they can't be trusted to be honest with the public.

Politicians have a responsibility to be ethical because they asked for and received the trust of voters who made their election to office possible. Celebrity-status athletes have a responsibility to be ethical because they are larger-than-life role models for our children.

When we die, it doesn't matter how famous we were or how much wealth we have accumulated. The legacy we leave is what counts. A legacy is created by ethics, honesty, and integrity --and is measured by what we give back to our families and to the communities where we live and work.

By Kristina Bouweiri  |  December 7, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  | Category:  privacy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You sound perfectly Victorian. A man's infidelity to his wife has little to no bearing on his ability to be trusted in business.

Look at Bernie Madoff, for example. No rumors of him having had affairs to my knowledge, and he certainly seems incredibly loyal to Ruth. But he's also one of the biggest crooks in modern history.

Stop viewing the world through such a narrow prism. Trust in marriage and business simply aren't the same.

Posted by: democrat4ever | December 8, 2009 2:57 PM
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Honey, you don't know if your husband is lying to you or not. And none of us know if you are lying to your husband. For all we know, you run an escort service on the side. But whatever the situation, it's none of our business.

You can judge all you want, but it just makes you look like a harridan. Is that the public image you want?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | December 8, 2009 12:52 PM
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All humans make mistakes and he only owes apologies to his family. Unless he is performing illegal actions to keep his relationships going it is none of our business. Men are not monogamous. They never will be. Kennedy, Clinton, Letterman, whomever, who cares - all men want to play around. The only ones who don't are the ones who cannot or whom are too consumed with their work or too old to give a hoot.

Posted by: jackson641 | December 8, 2009 12:18 PM
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