Obama Suggests Weiner Resign

Posted: June 13, 2011 in Washington Politics

DEVLIN BARRETT And CAROL. E. LEE
The Wall Street Journal
June 13, 2011

President Barack Obama said Monday that if he were Rep. Anthony Weiner, he’d resign.

Mr. Obama made the comment about Mr Weiner as House Democrats prepared to debate Tuesday whether to punish the New York Democrat for his use of social media to send sexually charged messages and lewd photos to women he encountered online.

“I think he’s embarrassed himself, he’s acknowledged that, he’s embarrassed his wife and his family,” Mr. Obama said in an interview Monday with NBC News.

“Ultimately there’s going to be a decision for him and his constituents,” Mr. Obama continued. “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it’s a service to the public. And when you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back.”

Mr. Obama’s remarks came hours after White House spokesman Jay Carney weighed in on matter for the first time, saying Mr. Weiner had become “a distraction.”

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