White House: Weiner controversy is a 'distraction'
June 13th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
11 years ago

White House: Weiner controversy is a 'distraction'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama believes U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was wrong in sending a lewd picture of himself over Twitter, then lying about it, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. And the continuing scandal surrounding the New York Democrat is a distraction from important national business, he said.

Carney's comments were the first by the administration since the scandal broke in late May.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ja

    the gatekeepers are held to high standards, man up, resign

    June 13, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. ST

    Wiener controversy is not quite really a distraction. It is the wrong decision of those concerned, putting aside very pressing issues and instead concentrating with something which is not beneficial to people.

    June 13, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. gt

    the more photos the come out the worse he looks...

    June 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    It is a major distraction. It has served as the life line the Republicans have been looking for as they *were* drowning in the Ryan Plan. Note the past tense, *were*. Did we collectively forget about the budget deficit and the debt ceiling? Or was that by design so that the Republicans could conduct a debate on the offense, instead of rocked back on their heels on the defensive?

    I am sure that Anthony Weiner realizes this, but hopes that his story will quickly pass from being headline news. It is not receding into the past. It seems to keep gaining steam with each passing day. Weiner's best bet is to martyr himself, and run for what is left of his district is left next year. His district has been targeted by Republicans for the choppinb block because NY is scheduled to lose 2 seats due to the latest census results.

    June 13, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. mike proctor

    I have said it once and I will said it again I do not care what this man have done in his private life that is the concerns of the people whom voted him into office. The news networks are the ones who are keeping this on the front page because everybody in the world have moved on to more important subjest like jobs and high cost for health treatments issues and when in the hell the respublicans coming up with the jobs they promise last November. I truely believe if we would get rid of the twenty-four new on cable this country would be in better shape. OH WELL!!!

    June 13, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. A True Centrist

    Not sure how the terrible judgement shown by a senior member of the House of Representatives is a "distraction". This is a man who is making decisions that will greatly impact this country. This is the person you want doing that for you? Any man dumb enough and crazy enough to do what he was doing shouldn't be put in a position of such power.

    June 13, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    If he's forced out, then the men who had actual physical contact (with other than their wives), should be forced out too. Is a picture REALLY worse than the physical act?

    To hear the republicans, pictures are worse than soliciting and getting a prostitute or a best friend's wife !!

    June 13, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. obama victim

    please Tony...don't go.....you are the gift that keeps on giving

    June 13, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "I truely believe if we would get rid of the twenty-four new on cable this country would be in better shape. "

    I disagree actually. What really needs to happen is that at least one of them needs to start a new paradigm that focuses on informing people as much as possible about the issues, facts, statistics, etc., instead of playing the game of easy-ratings-for-ad-revenue with meaningless bobblehead commentators and . None of them have the balls though. Real "journalism" doesn't bring in the ad revenue like the pseudo-intellectual slop we get served on a daily basis.

    June 13, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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."
    The President is FOCUSED not SIDE-TRACKED by this media fueled sideshow.
    He concurs with Weiner in that his (Weiner's) actions were inappropriate, and the lying compounded the situation; yet the President unlike so many others with apparently n\nothing better to do, ahs stayed FOCUSED on doing his job.
    I suggest the media and other 'disinterested' parties emulate the President's behaviour and MOVE ON!
    @ mike proctor: Well said.

    June 13, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. John K.

    The resemblance between Weiner and Arnold Horshack is uncanny.

    June 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. vic

    What a shame if he resigns. It is a distraction and does take the heat off the GOP killing Medicare and Social Security. However, Weiner was one of the very few Democrats that had a backbone. He spoke freely and did not fold like the other wimps.

    June 13, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Weiner, like a lot of us, still has some maturing to do as is evidenced by his lack of judiciousness in taking and sending these pics of himself, and going to (of all people) Bill Clinton for advice in THIS MATTER.

    June 13, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. john

    Anthony Weiner represents exactly what Obama and the Democrats in Congress are – LIARS. The Democrats will stand there and lie thru their teeth to achieve their agenda, no matter what it costs or affects

    June 13, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Obama/WH: "Weiner story is a distraction." (he forgot the 'weapon of mass' part)

    CNN and "news" media: "Here, let us prove him right."

    See? They're totally in the tank for Obama....they can't even let him be wrong about distrascting everyone with meaningless nonsense while there's so many other important things to be covering.

    June 13, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. bill

    Actually, it is a sideshow just like this administration.

    June 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |