Obama on Weiner: 'I would resign'
June 13th, 2011
11:14 PM ET

Obama on Weiner: 'I would resign'

Hours after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney weighed in on the controversy surround Rep. Anthony Weiner, President Obama surprisingly decided to do the same:

(CNN) – President Barack Obama told NBC's Ann Curry in an interview to air on Tuesday's "Today," that if he were in Rep. Anthony Weiner's shoes, he would leave Congress.

"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama said in a segment released in NBC's "Nightly News" Monday. The president's comments come just days after Democratic leaders, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, called for Weiner's resignation. The New York congressman has been embroiled in scandal after being caught sending lewd photos of himself to women via Twitter.

"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," Obama told Curry.

The decision to speak out on the matter was surprising, given the fact the White House has previously called this story a distraction and Obama was hoping to push a jobs message Monday.


Topics: President Obama • The News

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Sean L

    My bet is that teams of reporters from the National Enquirer are hard at work as we speak, digging up more dirt on Weiner and finding teenage girls he sexted.

    I also believe that Obama. Pelosi and the gang know what else is out there, and that's why they want Weiner outta there.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  2. kcusick

    Things are starting to get really hard for Rep. Anthony Weiner. See why in “A Day in the Life of Anthony Weiner” on The Loop Now.com. It’s mostly fiction, except for all of the REALLY embarrassing stuff.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  3. KT

    "I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."
    Someone should really teach the "literary genius" how to use the subjunctive mood.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      How many books have you written and published?

      June 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  4. Hugh G Rection

    Stick a fork in him, he's done!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Hugh G Rection

    Oh what a tangled web they weave, when Weiners practice to deceive...

    June 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  6. gat

    hmmm...now how do we get obama in weiner's shoes?

    June 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      Only in your dreams...it isn't going to happen.

      June 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Did he or anyone ever say he was a 'literary genius'? I must have missed that! He only answered ANNES' question about the ANTHONY WEINER 'problem', and I thought he gave his opinion about it very clearly. Did you understand his answer?

    June 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm |