President Obama Kind of Tells Anthony Weiner to Resign

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 12: President Barack Obama reacts during his speech at the event "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" honoring the January 8 shooting victims at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus on January 12, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The memorial service is in honor of victims of the mass shooting at a Safeway grocery store that killed six and injured at least 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. Among those killed were U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; Giffords' director of community outreach, Gabe Zimmerman, 30; and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Photo: Kevork Djansezian/2011 Getty Images

It was inevitable that President Obama, leader of the free world, would eventually be forced to answer questions about Anthony Weiner's propensity for sending women photos of his junk. And that point was in an interview with Today's Ann Curry set to air tomorrow morning. As if Weiner isn't feeling enough pressure to resign already, Obama let it be known that, were he in Weiner's shoes, he'd call it quits. It's not the same as Obama calling for Weiner to resign, but it's a strong hint that he thinks that's what Weiner should probably be doing.

“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,’’ Obama told Curry....

“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.

This is, of course, pretty much exactly what Obama had to say. Rarely has support for a notorious Internet pervert helped out a presidential campaign.

Obama: 'I would resign' in Weiner's situation [Today/NBC]