Hold the Relish! The White House Press Office Finally Remarks on Weiner


It’s a momentus day. No, New York City hasn’t run out of hot dogs. But the White House has finally commented on WeinerGate.

In a Pool Report by Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown, White House Spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama thinks Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is, to put it mildly, a distraction. Carney doesn’t really answer the question of whether Obama is calling for Weiner’s resignation unless “distraction” is code for “Resign Now, Weiner!” As you’ll note at the bottom of his quotes, Carney responds curtly to a reporter who specifically asks if the congressman ought to resign, saying, “I answered that question.”

Jay Carney gaggled aboard AF1, and commented for the first time on Anthony Weiner: Is his service in Congress in the nation’s best interest? “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. But the president is focused on his job which is getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and ensuring the safety and security of the American people.” Another question: Were top aides involved in the calls for resignation? “Not that I’m aware of.” Should he resign? “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.”