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President Obama on Rep. Weiner: 'Should Probably Step Back'

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it during a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City on June 6, 2011. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), at a press conference in New York on Monday, admits to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman over Twitter and then lying about it. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

President Barack Obama commented for the first time on Rep. Anthony Weiner's sex scandal saying if he were in Weiner's place, he would resign.

Obama, speaking on Monday, said that Weiner's behavior was "highly inappropriate" and that the congressman, who sent lewd photos and sexual text messages to several women, embarrassed himself, his wife and his family.

The president did not call for Weiner to resign, but said in an interview for NBC's "Today Show" that when a politician can no longer serve effectively, "then you should probably step back."

Weiner has requested a leave of absence from the House so he can enter rehab for an unspecified illness.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation to determine whether Weiner violated any House rules. On Saturday she said Weiner should resign.

With reporting by Associated Press

 

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Comments [2]

eva

Hey, Mr. President, is this payback against the one Democrat who didn't kiss your behind, but told the truth?

Go back and snuggle with Lloydie Blankfein. You're a worse embarrassment than Weiner.

Jun. 13 2011 10:44 PM
kcusick from Minneapolis

Is Anthony Weiner going to hang in there? Check out “A Day in the Life of Anthony Weiner” on The Loop Now.com. It’s all fantasy, because the Congressman likes it that way.
theloopnow.com/?p=8260

Jun. 13 2011 09:27 PM

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