Petraeus said in the message to his staff: "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
Petraeus' mistress' name has not been released, but there's rumor that the woman is Paula
Petraeus spent 37 years in the Army and took over as the head of the Central Intelligance Agency in 2011. His wife, Holly, was with him as he was sworn in.
President Obama's statement on the matter read: "David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. ... By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger," the President said in a statement.
"Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and [wife] Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time."
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus (L) reacts to applause with his wife, Holly Petraeus, during an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute and Retirement Ceremony August 31, 2011 at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Petraeus is leaving the U.S. Army after 37 years in the service to serve as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Getty Images)more pics »
Holly Petraeus, assistant director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, speaks during a news briefing October 18, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Pentagon held a briefing on efforts to enhance the financial health of the force. (Getty Images)more pics »
Holly Petraeus, assistant director for service member affairs at the Consumer.Financial Protection Bureau, participates in a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on November 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Petraeus on protecting veterans and active service members and their families in the consumer financial marketplace. (Getty Images)more pics »
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus (3rd R) listens to a joint service musical medley during an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute and Retirement Ceremony as son Stephen Petraeus (L), daughter Anne Petraeus (2nd L), wife Holly Petraeus (3rd L), Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn (2nd R), and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen look on August 31, 2011 at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Petraeus is leaving the U.S. Army after 37 years in the service to serve as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Getty Images)more pics »