Weiner's decision revealed at White House picnic
House Minority Leader Pelosi took a call from Rep. Weiner during Wednesday's Congressional picnic at the White House.
June 16th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Weiner's decision revealed at White House picnic

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner did not attend the picnic for members of Congress and their staffs at the White House Wednesday night, but that's where some of his colleagues found out he was going to resign.

As CNN's Dana Bash reported, the news of Weiner's impending resignation over a "sexting" scandal started with a phone call to fellow New York Rep. Steve Israel.  Sources say Weiner called Israel, who was at the White House Congressional picnic, to tell him.  Israel then gave the phone to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also was at the White House event, so that Weiner could officially inform the leader of his decision.

All of this was unfolding as hundreds of lawmakers, staff and their families roamed the South Lawn of the White House, listening to a live U.S. Navy band and indulging in picnic fair with “corny dog” and kettle corn stations, as well as fried chicken and hamburgers.

Bash's source said that Israel and Pelosi went near a tree on the White House grounds to talk to Weiner privately. Weiner told them that he was resigning, and was very remorseful about what he did to his family and his colleagues, especially for causing such a distraction, the source added. Weiner also told Israel and Pelosi that he had talked to his wife, who returned Wednesday from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Pelosi said Thursday that Weiner will hold a news conference later in the day. She said she would issue a statement after Weiner's news conference.


Topics: Nancy Pelosi • The Buzz
Picture of the week
June 16th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Picture of the week

A building displays an 8-story banner welcoming US President Barack Obama during a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 14, 2011. The official visit was the first by a US President to the island territory since former US President John F. Kennedy's visited in 1961.


POTUS schedule Wednesday, June 16
White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar reporting live on American Morning from CNN's White House booth.
June 16th, 2011
07:24 AM ET

POTUS schedule Wednesday, June 16

President Obama will meet Wednesday with the Mongolian leader, President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, in the Oval Office. According to guidance from the White House the two presidents "will discuss steps to expand diplomatic, economic and defense cooperation between our two nations in pursuit of a common vision for bilateral relations and Mongolia’s role in East Asian affairs." The meeting will only be opened to still cameras at the top, so there will be no other opportunity to hear from the president on more pressing world topics.

Also worth noting, Vice President Biden will host an event in the EEOB on the administration's efforts "to develop and deploy a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network." He'll be joined by state and local officials, public safety officials, and other business leaders.

Schedule provided by the White House after the jump.

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Topics: Daily Schedule
Thank you for smoking
June 16th, 2011
12:14 AM ET

Thank you for smoking

Should the White House be off limits to smoking?

Maybe the stress of the last several days got to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday night when he decided to light up a cigarette on the South Lawn of the White House.  Boehner, known for chain smoking, had only been at the annual Congressional Picnic for about ten minutes when he was seen taking a puff, a rarity at the White House.

What do you think?  Let us hear from you.


Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The Buzz