CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Paula Broadwell returned home to Charlotte Sunday, a week-and-a-half after a scandal broke that prompted CIA Director David Patraeus to step down from his post.
The Broadwells returned home just before 5 p.m. They carried their young sons into the house without commenting.
Scott Broadwell came out a few minutes later to get groceries out of the car, and joked with reporters. He appeared in good spirits, but said he didn't have a comment and would issue a statement later.
The Broadwells have been in Washington, DC, since the news broke that Paula Broadwell had an extra-marital affair with General David Patraeus. Patraeus stepped down as director of the CIA after admitting the affair.
Paula Broadwell had written a biography about the general when he was in command in Afghanistan, often traveling with him overseas. Broadwell is also a graduate of West Point and was working on a Ph. D. at Harvard when she met Patraeus. The two developed a mentoring relationship.
The investigation into the affair began when a Tampa socialite asked a friend, who was an FBI agent, to look into who sent her anonymous "threatening" emails. The FBI traced the emails to Broadwell and discovered the affair.
Last week, agents searched Broadwell's house with Paula Broadwell's consent, and carried out boxes and computers. Classified documents were reportedly found on the computers. Shortly afterward, Broadwell's security clearance with the Pentagon was suspended.
Sunday, none of that appeared to matter to the Broadwells' friends.
More than a dozen friends stopped by their home between 6 p.m. and 7:30 to wish the couple well.
"They're doing as well as can be expected. They're tough," said friend Liz Burgess, as she left the impromptu get-together. "We're just going to be there for the family -- they're great people and we welcome the opportunity to support them."
Another family that came and went offered this: "We're all really glad to have to Broadwells back in town, and they have the love and support of their friends and neighbors."