America

VIDEO: Obama Adds To Pressure On Rep. Weiner To Resign

June 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to inappropriate Internet exchanges and lying about them. i i

hide captionJune 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to inappropriate Internet exchanges and lying about them.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images
June 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to inappropriate Internet exchanges and lying about them.

June 6, 2011: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to inappropriate Internet exchanges and lying about them.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The news broke last evening — President Obama thinks Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) should step aside.

As our colleague Frank James wrote over at It's All Politics, that dramatically increased the pressure on Weiner to leave office because of the scandal over the lewd messages and photos that the married congressman has sent to numerous women in recent years.

Obama told NBC's The Today Show that:

"Obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. ... I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."

Now, NBC News has posted a clip from that interview (update at 8:30 a.m. ET; we just added a longer portion of the interview):

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Meanwhile, The Associated Press writes that "with a defiant Rep. Anthony Weiner resisting calls from colleagues to quit and President Barack Obama saying he'd resign if he were in Weiner's shoes, House Democrats are wrestling with how to put the embarrassing online sex scandal behind them. ... Democrats could try to oust the seven-term congressman from the House Democratic caucus or try to strip him of his committee assignment on the Energy and Commerce panel in hopes of persuading him to quit Congress."

Weiner is on a temporary leave of absence from the House as he seeks treatment.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: