11:38pm PT by Aaron Couch
Book, 'Daily Show' Appearance by David Petraeus' Mistress Surge in Popularity (Video)
Author and West Point graduate Paula Broadwell is getting plenty of attention after the revelation that she had an affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus, who resigned Friday as a result of their relationship.
Sales of Broadwell’s 2012 biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, spiked by more than 170,000 percent on Amazon.com, jumping to No. 73 on the website’s top sellers list Saturday. In light of the affair, pundits have called the book a “love letter” to the retired general.
In January, Broadwell appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to promote the book, with her husband Scott in the studio audience. That footage, which includes her challenging host Jon Stewart to a pushup contest, has been making the rounds online and became the most-viewed clip on the show’s website Saturday.
“He has a tenacious will, and he’s just relentless in whatever he does,” Broadwell said of Petraeus.
Stewart also prodded Broadwell for information on whether Petraeus would, as was speculated at the time, someday run for president. Broadwell said her husband would like her to say Petraeus had an interest in being commander in chief because it would help her book sell, but she had to be truthful and admit that wasn’t the case.
Broadwell and Stewart then had a pushup contest to raise money for wounded veterans.
Watch the video below, but note that it contains explicit language.