NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE
ANN CURRY SITS DOWN WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
Regarding Rep. Anthony Weiner, Obama Says, "I Can Tell You That If It Was Me, I Would Resign. Because Public Service Is Exactly That, It's A Service To The Public."
Exclusive Interview To Air Tuesday, June 14 on “Today”
NEW YORK – June 13, 2011 – NBC News’ Ann Curry sat down with President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview to air Tuesday, June 14 on “Today.” Regarding Rep. Anthony Weiner, Obama told Curry "I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign. Because public service is exactly that, it's a service to the public.” Curry also discussed the current state of the economy and the 2012 election with the President. Excerpts from the interview follow. If used, mandatory credit NBC News "Today" with air date.
Curry interviewed the President in Durham, North Carolina this afternoon where he met with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council at the corporate and U.S. manufacturing headquarters of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting.
Jim Bell is the executive producer of “Today” (Monday - Friday, 7-11 a.m.).
PRESIDENT OBAMA ON REP. ANTHONY WEINER:
Should Congressman Anthony Weiner resign?
Well, obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. 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. Because public service is exactly that, it's a service to the public. And 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.
PRESIDENT OBAMA ON DEBT CEILING:
Well, on this topic of the debt, House Republicans are threatening to not allow the debt ceiling to be raised. If you don't agree to steep spending cuts. Do you think they're bluffing, given how financially disastrous it would be for the United States not to have a debt ceiling raised?
I am absolutely confident that we can move forward on a plan that gets our debt under control, gets our deficit under control. But also makes sure that we're making the investments in the future that are going to help us put people back to work. And, there is a way of solving this problem that doesn't require any big, radical changes. What it does require is everybody makes some sacrifices. And we make these changes in a balanced way. So far, at least, in the conversations that I've had and the Vice President's been hosting, with leaders from both the House and the Senate, we've seen some progress.
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