“I Would Resign”

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Obama tells Ann Curry what he would do if he were in Weiner’s shoes.

Interview airs tomorrow.

Courtesy NBC News “Today”:

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON REP. ANTHONY WEINER:
ANN CURRY:
Should Congressman Anthony Weiner resign?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
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.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON DEBT CEILING:
ANN CURRY:
Well, on this topic of the debt, House Republicans are threatening to not allow the debt ceiling to be raised. If you don’t agree to steep spending cuts. Do you think they’re bluffing, given how financially disastrous it would be for the United States not to have a debt ceiling raised?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
I am absolutely confident that we can move forward on a plan that gets our debt under control, gets our deficit under control. But also makes sure that we’re making the investments in the future that are going to help us put people back to work. And, there is a way of solving this problem that doesn’t require any big, radical changes. What it does require is everybody makes some sacrifices. And we make these changes in a balanced way. So far, at least, in the conversations that I’ve had and the Vice President’s been hosting, with leaders from both the House and the Senate, we’ve seen some progress.

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