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Obama's Weinergate Misstep

14 June 2011 9:28 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

President Obama's call for Anthony Weiner to resign may have been unavoidable, but it kept what has to be history's least sexually satisfying sex scandal in the headlines for another day-and it won't push the congressman out the door. After all, he's got nothing to gain by going, says Eric Alterman.

"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,'' President Obama told Today's Ann Curry-thereby ensuring that we would spend at least another day discussing Anthony Weiner's not-so-private parts and the implications thereof.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Media's Selective Sex Scandal Savagery

This may have been unavoidable. Ducking the question would have looked like a kind of endorsement of Weiner's weird behavior, so instead Obama made sure that his agenda would be buried beneath, um, Weiner's you-know-what for one more day.

It was a rare misstep in a scandal that, »

- Eric Alterman

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