President Obama today sent his own unmistakable message to disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) that it’s time for him to quit Congress.
“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,’’ Obama said during an interview with NBC Today’s Ann Curry.
“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 said.
The White House, which declined comment on the Weiner matter last week, has clearly calculated that the potential political damage for Democrats caused by the scandal must be nipped in the bud and that the affair has thrown the party off message.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney earlier today sent Weiner the same message, calling Weiner a “distraction” from “the important business” of government.