In an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry today, President Obama said he would resign if he were Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Over the weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Weiner’s resignation–along with other top congressional Democrats–but the White House had declined to make such a call earlier today.
According to a transcript sent out by the network, the president said:
Well, obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. I think he’s embarrassed himself, he’s acknowledged that, he’s embarrassed his wife and his family. Ultimately there’s going to be a decision for him and his constituents. I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it’s a service to the public. And 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.