curry focuses on important issues of the day. sigh.

MSNBC: In an interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry that will air on Tuesday’s show, President Barack Obama said that if he were Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner right now, he would resign…

“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,” he said.

“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,’’ Obama said.

Obama added that what Weiner did was “highly inappropriate’’ and that he has “embarrassed himself” and his wife and family, but said it will ultimately come down to a decision by Weiner and his constituents as to whether he will continue in office.

73 Responses to “curry focuses on important issues of the day. sigh.”

  1. 1 GGail
    June 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I didn’t see it. I guess it’s on the TODAY show site.

  2. 3 meta
    June 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    GAH, these people are incorrigible. UGH.

    • 4 meta
      June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      And how DARE she put him in that position of posing the question that way. Damn.

    • June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Maybe he should not had used that phrase, with the way the msm is. I gotta say, sometimes the president does not use his street smarts.
      He should, they are all back stabbers and very passive aggressive!

      • 6 meta
        June 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

        Well, let’s see the tape first for the context. The tabloid MSM is always going to do what it does, no matter what he says.

      • 7 P
        June 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        I don’t think so I think if that’s the way he felt about the whole thing nothing is wrong with how he said it. The media now might blow it out of proportion as if the President was being mean to Mr Weiner. I also agree that Weiner should resign and seek some psychological help. Sending dirty tweets to a 17 yrs old is not good at all neither is to other women especially since he is a married man! I fully agree with PBO Mr. Weiner needs to resign and cure himself and his family. It’s really sad…..and his wife is also pregnant which makes the situation worse.
        p.s. I don’t think PBO will ever end up in something like that…look at that face so innocent and cute. There will be no need for him to resign he respects Miche too much and I love him for that.

        • 8 MB32
          June 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

          Sam Stein tweeted that the full quote is “If it was me, I would resign.” Shame on Curry. Reporters rarely get a sit-down w/the pres and she focuses on this! No wonder PBO mocks the media way he does…smh.

          I was hoping Carney’s comment would be enough…oh well…

      • 9 Sandy1110
        June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        The MSM loves to use grabber headlines to “create” interest in their story, so it’s just like those tabloid teasers – at first glance I’m sure they’ll have some people thinking “Is the President going to resign??” only to find out he was asked about Weiner.

        Of course this will only make the Weinerphiles even madder at PBO since some of them are paranoid that this was all just another evil DLC plot to get rid of a great Progressive, ha ha ha! Thankfully Weiner fell for it and tweeted his goodies, or else the plan wouldn’t have worked!


  3. 10 Me4obama
    June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Well she will be getting an email from me again.

  4. 11 Jessica
    June 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    This is so sensational (and I don’t mean that in a good way). American journalism is dead!

  5. 12 meta
    June 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    A snippet from the pool report on the Pasadena luncheon fundraiser with FLOTUS (they served her favorite, tamales!!):

    The First Lady talked about the toll that his work had taken on her husband.

    “I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face,” she said.

    She described his work ethic as tireless.

    “He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”

    Obama said the next few years of campaigning would be difficult at times for the Obamas and their supporters. “It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long,” she said. “Now more than ever we need you help to finish what we started.”


    This makes me both sad and happy. All I can say is, WHAT A MAN.

    • 13 collegekay
      June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      That makes me worried about him:(

      Gosh I love him so much. He works very hard for us:(

      • 14 meta
        June 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

        collegekay, the really great thing about PBO is he really knows how to take care of himself. He exercises a lot and gets plenty of love from his family. He makes sure that he’s interacting with regular folk as much as possible and he doesn’t take the bait that’s slung at him every single day. His sense of humor is also a tremendous asset and he’s absolutely the smartest man in the room. So I don’t worry so much as I just feel bad that he is treated this way when he has put his entire heart and soul into his work for the good of all of us.

    • June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Maybe because I had a bad day, but this makes me quite sad. This country is so lucky to have this man, and so not deserving to have him.

      • 16 meta
        June 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

        I hear ya, BWD. It’s a good thing he’s so smart and doesn’t listen to the trash.

        Hope your day gets better, BWD. xoxo.

        • 17 meta
          June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          And you know, in many ways, he WAS born to be President. And I think there is something inside him that relishes all the hard work. He is as tireless and thorough and strategic as they come.

      • 18 africa
        June 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        Exactly, BWD. I worry about him constantly. Just imagine that from the day he announced, this president has been going non-stop. He did not get a chance like other president-elects to take a break. The economy was falling apart at the seams. And from the campaign trail, he was holed up in his office in Chicago in a huddle with his economic team, barely taking a short vacation before the Inauguration.

        That’s why it burns me to the core when I hear people question his leadership. Sometimes, I wish for the months to come quickly so that we can get on with the campaign and get over with it. I think maybe in the second term he will not work as hard, I hope.


        • June 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm

          TBH, more often than not I find myself thinking that he should take Michelle and the girls, go home to Chicago and leave this country with the leaders it deserves.

          • June 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm

            There are times when I do feel exactly like this, and if he were to announce that he has decided not to run after all, I would still be supportive of him and his family. It is really hard to swallow the hatred and meanness vented in his direction when I know he is striving for the good of all. I desperately want him to win 2012 because he is undoubtedly the man for the job ‘in such a time as this’, however, I confess that I sometimes think that if America is ‘dumb enough’ to choose a republican idiot the country will ‘deserve’ whatever follows. [No, I’m not contradicting myself – I want him to win, AND I want him to be ALWAYS, treated respectfully, and where he is not I’m inclined to tell him to throw in the towel.

      • June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

        Hiya BWD, I look at the polls and just pity the percentage who do not realize how blessed they are to have this man as President. Ugly people, ugly hearts.

      • 22 GGail
        June 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        I’m sorry to hear you had a bad day BWD. 😦

    • 23 P
      June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Oh Oh poor baby 😦 😦 :(. I hope MiMi and the girls continue to bring joy in his life and keep him sane! He needs their full support. MiMi you have your work cut out for you girl…keep your man smiling. I really thing Pookie needs more respect from ‘No Reason Haters’! I feel bad for him. Pookie Bear please don’t over work yourself babez we need you healthy and strong. 😦

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Yeah, I appreciate our First Family. I thank God for our First Family. I read a few of the nasty comments that were left, regarding how the Presidency has taken a toll on her Husband :-(.Now that my Friends, brought tears to my eyes. This Is a very mean cruel world. Their comments make me sad 😦

    • 28 P
      June 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      ***crying*** for my Pookie Bear 😦 😦 😦 😦 ;( 😦 😦

      • 29 hopefruit2
        June 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

        Don’t worry P…Our President will be Okay. FLOTUS and his loving girls and Mom-in-law will see him through. Not to mention all his wonderful supporters like P, Me4Obama, Chipsticks, BWD, Jovie, meta, africa, Joan, Lovepolitics, Fred, sandy1110, collegekay, Ggail, jessica, Mb32, claire, Betty’s girl,,etc.,etc.. and all the others on this beautiful site and elsewhere!!!

  6. 31 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm


    DailyKOS folks ARE ROOTING FOR ROMNEY against President OBama! Right now there is a front page article gleefully showing Romney’s (dishonest) ad against the President – and instead of the author highlighting Romney’s misley record on job creation, as well as the REPUBLICANS primary role in sabotaging the economy, she turns the other way and pretends to not know or not care, but instead doubles down on the FALSE MEDIA meme that the economy is Obama’s “Achilles Heel.” While a few posters point out Romney’s poor record on jobs/economy, the majority of commenters seem to almost side with Romney, with one poster exclaiming “This is a fantastic Ad!” Yeah, the site that claims to be about electing Democrats openly rooting for a Republican corporate stooge over a hard-working Democratic president.

    • 32 MB32
      June 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      I saw that! Unbelievable…but it was like Ezra Klein on Morning Joe today….he agree with them that it was a good ad, never pointing out Romney’s horrible record on jobs…thankfully Richard Wolfe came on later and pointed out his record…but this is what PBO has to deal with…from “liberals”

    • 33 africa
      June 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Hopefruit2, I promised myself since last year that I would never comment over at that place again. But they made me so mad today that I had to sign in. She writes that diary as if it came directly from the RedState or the Republican talking points. She did not bother to include in the diary that Romney had a dismal record in Massachussets. I was reading the diary and waiting for the explanation on that, but zero.

      You have to wonder about these people. Some of the comments there are just so pathetic, it turned my stomach. Some of the comments were so gleeful that Romney was running the ad, and how effective it is. My question to them was that effective or not, who’s pushing back at the media and the Republicans for holding us all hostage!

      There was a comment from someone who said something to the fact that long time ago Democrats used to stand up for Democrats, but not anymore.

      There several people there pointing out that the ad is false, but these days who will allow facts in the way when it has to do with President Obama.

      Funny thing: Mr. Let Detroit go Bankrupt may not even be the nominee.
      Go figure.

    • June 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      I didn’t click on that site for at least 6 months, maybe more. It’s not different than going to any RedState site.

      • 35 hopefruit2
        June 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        Actually it’s more difficult than going to Redstate. Because at least with Redstate the purpose is explicitly anti-Democrat and anti-President Obama, so we know that the articles, diaries and comments are going to be along that vein. But when people pretend to be on President Obama’s side and then turn around and write these disingenuous one-sided articles disguised as “concern” it makes me bleed inside.

        • June 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

          They can’t fool anyone anymore. I would never give them even one click to save my life. They are disgusting.

          • 37 hopefruit2
            June 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

            I had to take one last dump…I hadn’t been there since December 2010, but I called out the author as well as a few dishonest posters. They might ban me for good. And it’s perfectly fine with me. The only time I will ever go there is to call them out on their rank dishonesty and Republican -loving hypocrisy.

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      hopefruit those folks turned the corner long ago- they are just a bunch of republicans imo.. and pushing a Romney ad is just one more log on their fire of pretense. I haven’t been there since November and I will never return . When I hear the same folks are there pushing their agenda- then I believe sincerely that the ownership- Markos… has merely returned (if he ever left) to his republican roots. I can’t wait to see them lose this election.

  7. June 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    President Barack Obama will overcome it all, thank heavens he has Michelle and his girls. And he must feel our love for him and his hopes and agenda.

    • 40 Betty's Girl
      June 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Yes he will Joan! And I am not worried about a Romney attack ad. I expect him to have them. I have confidence in what the Presidendent has done. He’s gotten the Repubs down to one one thing. That’s the economy and since when has that been a winning argument for them. As far DK and the professional left well they can’t even win a primary fight in Arkansas. They lose every fight the pick and then get angry about it. They are losers!

    • 41 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      You’re right Joan. I shouldn’t worry too much about it. And their antics might actually backfire – when the teabaggers see a supposedly progressive blog being so supportive of Mitt Romney that will make them turn against him even more…

  8. 42 Lovepolitics2008
    June 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    This man is strong and has the ability to get the most of his rare moments of rest. But reading the comments of his wife has me worried. “He’s reading every memo, every word… doesn’t take a day off”. Gosh I hope his second term won’t be as difficult as the first. He is giving himself totally to his country. I hope he can sustain the rythm. He needs all our love and all our prayers.

  9. 43 Lovepolitics2008
    June 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m surprised he weighed on the Weiner’s mess. I don’t know if he was put in a corner of he just decided to be very candid about it, no matter the consequences. Could it be possible that he knows things that are not public, yet ?

    The PL freaking out in 3…2…1…

    • 44 africa
      June 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      I will wait until all the dust settles on this, as usual. I said the other day that I don’t think that we’ve heard the last of everything that Weiner told us. And that was before we got the picture he took of himself in the House gym. This man (Weiner) looked in his supporters’ eyes (i.e., Rachel Maddow, et al) and told a bald face lie, knowing that he had lots of pictures out there on the Internet. I could be wrong, but I don’t think he is not done lying about everything yet.

      And secondly, when remember when Rangel was embroiled in his own brouhaha up there in New York, POB called on him to resign, too.

      But yes you are right, cue the PL. Over the weekend, they were already saying that Pelosi and DWS were taking their orders from PBO asking Weiner to resign. Oh, well.

      I try to monitor my local news. And today for the first time, all three channels in our coverage had lengthy segments about him. There could be more here than meet the eye, when it is all said and done.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      President Obama is not afraid of the PL, and he’s certainly not afraid of Weiner. And when it comes to morality, President Obama KNOWS that none of these lying- ass congress critters have anything over him. It’s the other way around – that’s why they direct so much jealousy, and resentment toward him. That’s why they will gladly side with a corporate stooge daft-ARSE Republican like Romney in his lying and INEFFECTIVE ad against the president. They are a bunch of pathetic owards and they know it.

  10. 46 Claire
    June 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    That’s because he has respect for himself, his family, and the country. Of course, we all know there is absolutely no way President Obama would be involved in something so inappropriate and downright stupid.

  11. 47 Betty's Girl
    June 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I see nothing wrong with the comment. If that’s how he feels than that’s it. Why should he tiptoe around what he believes. Weiner never held back his feeling for he President. I really did not have an opinion about the Weiner until I saw the last picture yesterday that was a bit too much for me. To my understanding Weiner doesn’t really know what all is coming out. He can’t really say if he contacted young girls are not. By the time Breichbart is through lying and munipulating this situation he will probably be toast anyway. I think he should resign too not because the Repubs are demanding it or because they got away with it but because this story is flowing over the Democratic leadership now including the President. Weiner did not handle this well! He can’t talk his way out of it.

    • 48 africa
      June 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Agreed, Betty’s Girl. And if he had tip-toed around it, the media will still make it into a bigger issue. I trust that the president knows what he is doing. It is Weiner that I don’t trust, having told his big fat lies, which seem to continue.

      • 49 Betty's Girl
        June 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

        Exactly…even if he’s not lying he seems not to know what he did or what going on; so like you I think there is more out there and more lies. He can’t speak with certainty about any of his actions. I honestly I can’t believe he was so dumb. All this stuff is so easy to trace.

        • 50 hopefruit2
          June 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

          There might be a “treasure trove” of incriminating materials that we haven’t seen or heard yet. That’s why the President, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi have all weighed in. They want to distance themselves from this nastiness come 2012 when they need to be focused on issues that matter.

  12. June 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    POTUS is right on. Good for him, too bad for folks who wanna spin it or judge him. He gets to have an opinion and he gets to express it when he feels inclined to do so. Goodness knows everyone else on the planet gets to have an opinion and express it loudly on what they think of him.. certainly Mr. Weiner made his opinions known night after night about our President’s ‘values’. POTUS just gave him some values front and center 😉

    • 52 EDP4BHO
      June 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Amen sherijr. PBO is afterall a citizen, he hears what we hear, he has an opinion. And, he did not say Weiner should resign; he only stated what he would do in a same situation. Of course, he would not do such a thing, or Michelle would simply KILL him 😀

    • 53 Puddin
      June 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Amen, amen, amen…

  13. June 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I mean the Weiner LIED BIG time. How do you just LIE to the Public like that??? No conscienc, Really?????? That’s Bold, and heartless :-(e

    • 55 EDP4BHO
      June 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Well, maybe it’s from hanging around Bill Clinton?

      • 56 EDP4BHO
        June 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        Ok Chips, you’re lurking around here somewhere. You replaced my misspelled “form” with “from”. Hahaha, that was so unexpected. And thank you, teacher 😀

  14. 58 HZ
    June 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I do not blame the President for answering Currie’s question, I just think she did not have to go there with him on this issue. She knew what the President’s reasonable answer would be, but these nasty MSM people need ratings at the expense of others lives. Think of all of the people who are involved in this mess. The President was there to give insight into the problems that are really on the minds of the people who are without jobs, home, food, and in some cases, enough health insurance. I just think that some of these news people are dealing in the “slime pits.”

  15. 59 carolyn
    June 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I just saw the segment of Ann Curry’s interview with the president. She really had to ask. That situation is the 800 pound gorilla in the room, and can’t be ignored. The President handled it well. He gave no advice, he gave no judgment, he just said what he would do, then talked about the necessity of thinking if one’s effectiveness in public service is being jeopardized. This whole situation has got to be dealt with expeditiously so the Congress can get down to the real work at hand.

  16. 62 Claire
    June 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I also feel that the President is a family man who would never want to embarrass his young daughters. Weiner is not yet a father. He doesn’t have to think about how this will impact his children. President Obama loves his girls, and would want to end this circus as soon as possible. When Weiner admitted his fault, the first thing my dad (well into his AARP years) said was, “It’s a good thing he doesn’t have chlidren.”

  17. 63 AnitaW
    June 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Ann Curry is happy because she got the answer she wanted. And of course she and every other “journalist” will ignore the parts of the answer that doesn’t help their message.

  18. 64 Uche
    June 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I absolutely see no problem at all with PBO deciding to weigh in on the Weiner issue. He knew very well that issue will come up and had made up his mind to be frank about it. Weiner made his bed,so he should lie on it. It’s now a public issue,so anyone could have and allowed to air his/her opinion on it. Again PBO chose to answer it and I see nothing wrong with his response.

  19. 65 CTGirl
    June 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Tell me, tell me… Did he mention that Weiner is just not “a values guy”? 🙂

  20. 66 Claire
    June 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I have read comments on several liberal sites and I am sick to death of the attacks on President Obama because he would have the integrity to resign. They make me want to scream!!

  21. 67 Roberta in MN
    June 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’m watching Rachel Maddow right now and she is going to have a segment on the President answering Currey’s question. Her lead was that “Monday was supposed to be Wiener free day” but then the President weighed in. I watched the tube off and on all day and there wasn’t a show on TV that didn’t talk about the Wiener episode, She has talked about everything but. So I am holding on to make a comment about. She is one that has Herbert was her guest and put her in her place. I am really disappointed in her tonight.

    • 68 anniebella
      June 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      There are times I can not stand Rachel Maddow. I refuse to watch her.r

    • 69 Claire
      June 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      I think Bob Herbert (whom I adore) did a great job of making Rachel’s protestations look very juvenile. The “hey what about the other guy” argument is so childish. Thank goodness there are still some adults in the Democratic party.

  22. 70 majii
    June 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I’m sick of the censorship that so many impose on PBO. He has the same right as any other citizen to render his opinion on any subject. The MSM, the PL, the frustrati, and the firebaggers have done the same thing on other occasions. It’s time to stop following their lead and become true leaders focused on promoting American values and upholding the Constitution. PBO has a 1st Amendment right to free speech, and no one should attempt to take it away. GWB could say anything without being questioned. It’s time for us to close ranks against those who would criticize PBO for his personal opinions for the sake of inflicting political damage on him. Enough is enough. The right doesn’t apologize or pick apart any of the ugly opinions held by their politicians, and imo, it’s time for PBO’s supporters do the same thing when he is asked to provide his opinions on certain issue. I will not be a party to helping others take pot shots at him for the sake of being petty and vindictive. I don’t donate any money to them, so their opinions of PBO’s opinions don’t interest me.

  23. 71 carolyn
    June 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I saw that lead on RM too….but my husband is watching the Bruins wallop Vancouver, and that is more relaxing. RM had a Congresswoman from Maine on her show (during the hockey game internission) talking about a very important issue: voter suppression legislation in Maine…RM drew a parallel between Wisconsin and Maine and their strange legislative paths this year. The Congresswoman says she sees these state agendas as being driven from outside the state, and says the people she talks to when she’s home are much more upset about the state situation than national. The Republican legislature/governor combos that were elected last November are truly scary and are a big place we should be concentrating our efforts.

  24. 72 Betty's Girl
    June 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Barack Obama is President of United States. He is the head of the Democratic party. As he said many times all bucks stop with him. He will be asked and expected to answer why the grass is green. He can handle it. I can be too mad at Rachel because I feel too sorry for her right now. She is really making herself look bad. She has been wrong so many times so I will just add this to her list. She is good at losing her focus when she a subject becomes personal for her. Two wrong will never make it right.

    • 73 Puddin
      June 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      …no one made Weiner do what he did. He is a grwon ass man and he did a stupid immature thing…his troubles are his making and I don’t care who did what before him, he has to deal with his “stuff”…President Obama can say or not say anything regarding this matter…it is not going to undo what Weiner did. Rachel and her fellow pl should be mad at Weiner, not President Obama.

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