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White House Signals Weiner Should Resign

The White House today finally waded directly into the scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), clearly suggesting – though not stating explicitly – that Weiner should resign.

“The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney aboard Air Force One.

Asked to clarify whether Weiner should resign, Carney said, “I answered that question. We think it’s a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and congress need to conduct. Beyond that I don’t have any comment.”

While the wording is hedged, the message is very unambiguous: President Obama wants Weiner to resign.

The subtle wording could be due to the sensitivity of Obama’s position: Weiner’s wife Huma AbedinĀ is a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Wiener and his wife were married by Bill Clinton. But the clear signal for Weiner to quit shows either that the Clinton’s have green lighted the move or the White House feels the political need to get rid of the Wiener issue outweighs any concerns that the Clintons might have.

Asked last week about Weiner, Carney refused to comment at all. The remarks he made today were in answer to questions from reporters traveling aboard Air Force One with the president, who is on his way to North Carolina for an event related to jobs.

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17 Responses to White House Signals Weiner Should Resign

  1. A post at The Clinton Global Initiative for a year might swing it. After all, at times like these one needs to be near ones mentor and guide.

  2. is this not also a bit of a shot at the clinton infrastructure? Weiner on the wires early reaching-out to Bill Clinton…Weiner’s wife Deputy COS to Hillary. Clearly Team Clinton is protecting the Weiners. Don’t remember, did the WH call on Rangel to resign?

    • I know. It’s a misinterpretation. All I can say is I’ve been covering the place for 14 years and I know how to read the tea leaves there. It’s a way to push him out without being completely tarred with doing so.

  3. The only difference between Weiner and a common rain-coat flasher is that Weiner is a Congressman and rain-coat flashers are arrested.

  4. It seems this guy likes to use the “distraction” defense whenever he doesn’t want to take a stand. He did it before the election with the Rev. Wright issue. He used it during the budget debate when Congress tried to rush through a bill to make sure our military members were paid during a shutdown. He did it with the birth certificate issue. Just did a google search and you wouldn’t believe the number of times he has called an issue a “distraction”.

    My guess is that it is part of his history…the voting present mentality. What does he care that the Weiner issue is tearing his party apart? As long as he gets to fill his pockets before the election he could care less. He wins no matter what. If he loses the election, he’ll have a billion dollar campaign treasure chest to keep the family living the life of luxury they have become accustomed to. If he wins, he can claim the King of the World title he’s been aiming for.

  5. It seems to me that the Dem leadership knows about some more icky things…such as underaged girls…and that’s why they are ganging up on Weiner. His “therapy” is going over like a lead balloon…that “therapy” is just a bunch of hogwash designed to excuse bad behavior.