Glenn McCoy cartoon via Townhall.
The Hill Reports:
A White House spokesman said Monday that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a “distraction” from important issues, but he stopped short of calling for Weiner’s resignation.
White House press secretary Jay Carney, who refused to comment on the scandal last week, said Monday that “the president feels, we feel at the White House this is a distraction.”
While some are calling this another example of Obama voting “present”, most pundits say this is as far as a President should go without overtly calling for Weiner’s resignation:
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air says:
The reluctance to publicly demand a resignation may get some criticism, but it’s probably best to avoid such a call. The legislative branch should be left to handle its own affairs, and a President does best to stay out of those kinds of demands … publicly, at least. The role of demanding a resignation should be left to Congressional leaders. Otherwise, it threatens (at least rhetorically) the independence and co-equality of the branches of government.
Of course, the fact that Obama had to issue any kind of statement on Weiner is an obvious escalation in the effort to push Weiner into a resignation. By making this statement, the message is made clear that Weiner does not have the support of the President, especially when scolding Weiner for his dishonesty. It piles on more pressure on Weiner, and it also tells him that Democrats are not inclined to allow the scandal to quietly go away as Weiner clearly hopes.
Keith Koffler at White House Dossier concurs:
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 Abedin 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.
What struck me about the White House statement? This:
“As Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate,” Carney said, briefing reporters aboard Air Force One. “But the president is focused on his job, which is getting this economy…. blablablapolitical boilerplateblablablabla.
When is dishonesty appropriate? When Obama does it?
I only ask because the Obama regime has not exactly been the epitome of honesty and integrity for the past few. Obama, who follows the Alinsky method, lies as a matter of course. For him it’s always been a means to an end, therefore he’s a shameless and prolific liar. Let us not forget that. To have this White House questioning another Democrat’s honesty…..sheesh —that guy had to have screwed up beyond repair for Obama to question the appropriateness of his dishonesty.
No he wouldn’t. He’d go golfing.