Is Former CIA Director David Petraeus Living at the Cosmos Club?

He’s been spotted there so often, members joke he’s moved in.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

David Petraeus. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Is former CIA director David Petraeus living at his private club? If not literally, then at least practically? Sources at the Cosmos Club on Massachusetts Avenue said the retired four-star general has been seen there so often, some members have joked he’s living there. And they will be seeing more of him, too: A source said Petraeus has more than 20 upcoming reservations on the club’s books, indicating he plans to do a lot of entertaining.

This could be coincidental, or—given his speech Tuesday night—it could be part of a comeback rollout for Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA in September after it was revealed he’d had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. He gave his first speech since his resignation on Tuesday at an ROTC dinner in Los Angeles and apologized for the affair and the pain it caused “my family, friends, and supporters.”

Petraeus has not said he’s on the comeback trail, but many are watching for signs that he might be. A good first stop, then, could be for one of those watchers to discreetly park behind a newspaper on a wing chair in the Cosmos Club lobby.

We reached out to his lawyer, Bob Barnett, who had a one-word comment: “Ridiculous.”