Obama: Weiner Can 'Refocus . . . Bounce Back'

Friday, 17 Jun 2011 08:48 AM

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President Barack Obama, who had said that he would quit if he were in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s scandalous position over sexting, dicey photographs of himself, and lying, now says Weiner can rebound from his resignation.

“I wish Representative Weiner and his lovely wife well,” Obama said on ABC’s “World News” Thursday night.

The president had not joined the chorus clamoring for the Democratic New York congressman’s resignation, other than saying Monday that he would resign if he were in the same mess.

In response to a question during the “World News” interview about Weiner’s quitting Thursday afternoon: “Obviously, it’s been a tough incident for him. But I’m confident that they’ll refocus, he’ll refocus, and he’ll end up being able to bounce back.”

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The 46-year-old Weiner announced the end of his 20-year political during a short news conference Thursday afternoon. He had reached the decision after discussing the matter with his wife, Huma Abedin, after she returned from an overseas trip with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Abedin, who married Weiner in July and now is pregnant, was not at the news conference.

Until then, Weiner defiantly rejected any notion that he should resign over his online sexting, sending suggestive pictures of himself, and lying about it after it came to light three weeks ago and evolved with day-by-day revelations about his conduct.


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