Barack Obama has left shamed Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner no way out after bluntly revealing: ‘If it was me, I would resign’.
The President told NBC’s Ann Curry that had he been caught up in a sordid sexting scandal as Weiner has, he would see no other option.
‘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,’ Mr Obama said in an interview with the Today show to be aired tomorrow morning.
The President can not sack Weiner. But his ‘advice’ may finally be the turning point for the New York Congressman, whose hubris has seen him stubbornly clinging to office despite days of humiliation for his pregnant wife Huma Abedin, and the condemnation of his own party.
Mr Obama slammed Weiner’s actions as ‘highly inappropriate’.
He said the Democrat has ’embarrassed himself’ and his wife and family.
But, he added, it will ultimately come down to a decision by Weiner and his constituents as to whether he will continue in office.
It is the first time the President has directly addressed the political scandal that has dominated the media for weeks.
Earlier today it emerged the House Ethics Committee had begun its preliminary investigations into the infamous ‘Weinergate’ Twitter scandal, while at the same time news filtered through that his long-suffering wife Huma Abedin was returning to the couple’s troubled Queens home a day early.