13 June 2011 4:43 AM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Commenting for the first time, the White House said Monday that Obama sees Anthony Weiner's behavior as a "distraction" from the real issues-but declined to press for his resignation. See the latest batch of racy pics, his online messages with a teenager, and more.

Plus, Peter Beinart on why Weiner shouldn't quit.

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

Obama: Weiner 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 therepresentative to step down, »

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