"Obviously I'm embarrassed and ashamed. It's no excuse but this happened eleven years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry."
When you watch the clip, you can see her "taking one for the team" and give The Donald a side ways hug.
She seems ever so much happier to hug Mr. Bush, even at The Donald's encouragement. See also: "seems an affable sort" and "boy next door" and "charming".
Ms. Zucker has also issued a statement. She, too, is very clear about calling both men into account and standing tall and strong. She wrote:"Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all," she wrote. "When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better."
“My name is Arianne (R-E-on) ZUCKER (Zooker) and I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” she wrote on Twitter. “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it. In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”And, as I said, neither Trump nor Bush have offered an apology to either Ms. O'Dell or Ms. Zucker.
If I were either of the two women, I wouldn't hold my breath.
"It's just words, folks," he said at Monday's debate. "Just locker room talk."
It's just "boys will be boys," see? Perfectly normal. Just the way guys talk.
Here's the thing: Billy Bush is Everyman.
Billy Bush makes every guy look bad.
Billy Bush makes it believable that this is how all guys talk when it's just "boys being boys".
Some of my male friends tell me - EMPHATICALLY - that this is not true.
However, some of my male friends have told me that some men DO talk like this and that it is sickening to them.
Some men have told me that, when they have been in the presence of these men and these conversations, they have felt powerless to say or do anything but go along with it because, well, because these particular men happen to be gay and they knew the consequences if they "objected too much".
Billy Bush has a wife. Together, they have three daughters.
I believe Billy Bush is a good man.
I met him once. He came to church where I was rector. St. Paul's in Chatham. He and his wife and their three daughters. They signed up for Church School.
I remember Billy Bush looked me square int he eye and saying, "Very good message. Thank you."
They came, they said, because they heard that it was one of the few liberal churches in the area. And, that we had a great youth group. In fact, both of those things were true.
Sydney Davis, his wife, and their daughters, came back. Once. Then, Billy got the gig in LA and the family moved cross country. I think we were just a little too small a congregation for them.
People gawked, as they will. I really can't blame the Bush family for feeling uncomfortable.
Billy Bush is Everyman, and every man needs to learn that not only is this behavior unacceptable for them, they need to hold each other accountable when they hear any objectification of or demeaning talk about women.
He needs to remind them that we are their mothers, their sisters, their wives, their daughters, their cousins, their coworkers, their neighbors, their friends, their doctors, their lawyers, their clergy, their elected officials, their fellow human beings on Planet Earth.
He needs to do it because it's just the right thing to do.
For Billy Bush.
And, for every man.
And, for those, as the Chinese say, who hold up half the sky.
UPDATE 10/11: Billy Bush Negotiating Exit From NBC After Lewd Tape