President Clinton's address on the Monica Lewinsky scandal was watched by an estimated 66% of Americans.
The embattled president admitted to a "critical lapse of judgement" but also asked for his family life to be considered private.
Some say he should now be left to govern the country. Others are less sympathetic.
Linda Bass, once a fervent Clinton supporter, admitted she was disappointed.
"I wanted him to grovel a little bit more. It turned into a very upbeat
'Let's forge ahead' kind of speech.
"He said the very difficult stuff very quickly, didn't dwell on it and moved ahead. I'm not entirely comfortable with it."
Her husband, Ron Bass, was more concerned about what impact the long-term impact of the speech would be.
"I wasn't really looking for much. I want a statement that would basically end this discussion once and for all, so if it's able to do that, then I think that's great."
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In one New York bar a female drinker said: "If he wasn't the president no-one would care. Unfortunately men have affairs all the time."
Opinion polls taken shortly after Mr Clinton's confession indicate his standing with voters is not in freefall.
A poll of 300 people taken by the CBS channel showed 63% said the matter should now be dropped.
Others polls returned slightly different results but most showed a majority did not want Mr Clinton to resign or Congress to impeach him.