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Pres. Obama comment on Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal, 'If it was me, I would resign'

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As Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) continues to resist calls for his resignation, after acknowledging sending lewd pictures and 'sexy-texts' to up to six women on Facebook and Twitter, President Barack Obama is adding his voice in calls for Weiner to resign his current office, immediately 
"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama told NBC's "Today" show with Ann Curry. "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.
President Obama's statement in the NBC interview, come after calls from former Speaker of the House, now Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), on Friday, June 10th for Weiner to resign after a leaked picture showing the Representative body part was disclosed on a Conservative radio talk show. Frustration among Democrats are increasing as the scandal moves into its third week.
“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help," said Pelosi, whose word carries the most weight of the group. "I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”
In a rare show of solidarity between President Obama, Minority Leader Pelosi and the current Speaker of the House, John Bohener (D-OH) agreed when asked by a reporter while House Democratic caucus was holding a regularly scheduled meeting on issues of the day, the Weiner needs to go.

Speaker Boehner broke his silence on the scandal on June 14th, in Washington, D.C. calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s resignation, with one word.
“Yes,” he told reporters when asked outside a conference room in the Cannon House Building whether Weiner should resign.
Since the President Obama has spoken up about Representative Weiner's situation, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hopes he will hear the many calls for him to resign his office and quickly do so, for the sake of Congress.
"I hope that the president having spoken and some leaders in Congress speaking out that Congressman Weiner will hear this and know that it's in his best interest for him to leave Congress," Pelosi stated to reporters on June 13th.
Representative Weiner began a temporary leave of absence from the House, seeking treatment for an disorder at a rehabilitation location, last Friday. A Weiner spokeswoman declined to provide any information on the lawmaker's whereabouts or course of treatment.

If Weiner continues to refuse the chorus of calls step down, in light of Democratic House Leadership, President Barack Obama and Speaker Boehner statements over the last couple of days, Pelosi's next step could include removing him from his Congressional committees.

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