On Thin Ice

Obama: Weiner Is a ‘Distraction’

The White House stopped short of demanding Representative Anthony Weiner’s resignation, Monday but spokesman Jay Carney made it clear they wish the scandal would go away. "The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction," Carney said when asked about Weiner. "Obviously, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, his dishonesty was inappropriate, but the president is focused on his job.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have urged the representative to step down, but Weiner instead asked for a leave of absence and promised to seek treatment.