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White House Spokesman: Obama Has Not ‘Weighed In’ On Filner

President Barack Obama has not "weighed in'' on the controversy surrounding embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a White House spokesman said today.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

While numerous local and national political figures have called for Filner to step down as mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city, Obama has not commented on the issue.

When a reporter asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest for the president's opinion, he replied: "The president hasn't weighed in on this issue, and I haven't talked with him about it.''

After further questioning from the reporter regarding Obama's role as leader of the Democratic Party, Earnest said, "I haven't spoken to the president about it."

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, California's two Democratic senators and other legislators have demanded that Filner, who's accused of sexually harassing numerous women and is under investigation for alleged misuse of city-issued credit cards and shakedowns of developers, resign from office.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 20, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Ummm, we have crisis in Egypt, overall instability in the Middle East, the fragile seeds of what will hopefully be an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, cold-war-esque chill with Russia, an Olympics threatened by anti gay laws, torrid droughts across the world creating crop failure, many western states on fire, a major health care overhaul about to take effect, and a looming budget showdown that threatens to shut down the government.

I mean really people, I know it's a local frenzy here, but Filner's sexual escapades fall pretty far down the list of things out commander in chief should be focusing on right now !

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muckapoo1 | August 20, 2013 at 4:44 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Besides that Duck, who really cares what Obama things about local politics? He needs to keep his nose out of state and city issues. We have enough people screwing that up to contend with.

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MarineRoom | August 20, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

That is too funny...are you sure this isn't The Onion? Maybe the Prez would be interested in commenting on the seals at Children's Pool while he's at it, or Jack in the Box, or what the proper prison sentence is for hanging sheets up as curtains in violation of the HOA rules?

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CaliforniaDefender | August 20, 2013 at 8:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Well there is a crisis in the Democratic Party in one of America's largest cities that is damaging the reputation of the party nationwide. Perhaps Obama should demand that Filner resign.

Then again, Obama has no business in state or local politics. Besides, he is too busy violating our privacy, silencing the press, crushing whistle-blowers, crippling us with debt, killing people with drones, and destabilizing the entire Middle East.

Perhaps he should just sit down and play with his new puppy. For the next 3 years.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 20, 2013 at 9:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

CA, the Filner scandal is no more hurting the Democratic Party than the Bob McDonnell scandal is hurting the Republican Party.

Yes, Governor McDonnell - Virginia - google him, huge scandal ongoing, the guy has been stealing from tax payers and despite many people saying he should resign he refuses.

These political scandals are a dime a dozen, the Filner scandal just seems bigger because we are where it's happening.

The President shouldn't waste his time on these things.

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CarlosDangler | August 20, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Filner is a national disgrace... correction... Filner is an international disgrace and he is holding the 8th largest city in the USA hostage. He is a greedy selfish, narcissistic serial groper who cares less about the people of San Diego than he does about securing himself another tax funded pension on the taxpayer's dime prior to stepping down.

This IS arguably a national crisis. Its a crisis of conscious.. of virtue.

There are too many people today that compromise moral common sense for the lesser good and perhaps at times for their selfish personal gain. We have an entire segment of the electorate that seems to have learned everything they know about virtue by watching Jerry Springer's audience in action.

For Obama to ignore this hypocritical ,morally bankrupt, corrupt politician.. this fallen democrat who refuses to step down, puts him right in line with Filner Apologists. Obama should speak up and prove that he is not a Partisan Politco.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 21, 2013 at 7:45 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

CarlosDangler, your post is absurd

Bob Filner may be an all-consuming obcession to you, by to suggest the leader of the free world should be wasting his time commenting on it when there are so many more important things is itself immoral.

As bad as the Filner scandal is, nobody is dying from it. Nobody is losing their freedom from it. Nobody is going into poverty because of it.

People ARE dying and loaing their freedom and being forced into poverty from many other events that require the presidents full attention.

It's morally corrupt and I gather politically motivated for you to suggest otherwise.

And besides, if he comments on Filner the. He needs to comment on Weiner and McDonnell and any other scandal-ridden politician and soon the focus is off the important issues and on what the President is saying about this tabloid politi-trash.

The President needs to do his job, let "party leaders" worry about Filner and McDonnell.

By the way, are you also upset the President is not weighing-in on the Virginia governor scandal?

Not as "earth shattering" to you because your not in VA?

Or maybe because he is a Republican ??

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CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Didn't even hear about the VA scandal had to look it up and no i am not a Republican. You seem to divide your arguments along Partisan lines. "Because you belong in Box R, I conclude you are A, B, C, D." You're making assumptions and jumping to conclusions about me having Political motivations. I would vote for Todd Gloria in a heartbeat.

To suggest that it is morally corrupt to ask our President to have someone make a mere statement on the matter is laughable. That is part of his job. Setting policy is not limited to talking about war torn countries. If he has the time to get on a plane to Burbank, CA to visit with Jay Leno to talk about his dog, then he should have 30 seconds of time to speak up /or delegate the task / make a phone call on the issue... act or show he cares enough to get a corrupt politician out of office... accused of harassing 18 woman (and counting), then using the letter of the law to put US 8th largest city in in gridlock for his own self-serving purposes.

Filner makes Democrats look bad. They are from the same political party. Inaction by leaders in the Democratic Party makes them look bad and to some, inaction makes them appear complicit. Thankfully the DNC will do something this week I am told. This will be a welcome gesture when they do.

Yes, this is all-consuming but for not just me, for many in San Diego. This passion will ensure the his departure.

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CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

By the way, the Constitution clearly defines POTUS roles as:

~CHIEF OF STATE
~CHIEF EXECUTIVE
~COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
~CHIEF DIPLOMAT
~LEGISLATIVE LEADER
~LEADER OF HIS POLITICAL PARTY

As Leader of his political party he need to speak up. I'm sure he has 30 seconds for the 8th largest city in the country if he cares about Women's issues.

"The President is the leader of his own political party as long as he is
President. The party helps to keep him informed on the needs of the
nation and the reactions of the citizens to his programs. Because he is
the leader of his party, the President frequently campaigns for or
endorses other candidates from his own party who are running for
office."

He needs to UN-endorse Filner.

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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Pot calling the Kettle Black ;)

Peking, one more point. Count the number of posts here and review the subject of the post.... then tell us again who is 'all-consumed /obsessed' ?:

http://tinyurl.com/mhee47q

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TheDiegan | August 21, 2013 at 12:49 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Did Reagan comment when drunken Democratic Senators Chuck Todd and Ted Kennedy made that "waitress sandwich" at La Brasserie? Did Reagan comment on the male prostitution ring operating out of Democrat Barney Frank's home? No. No, Reagan didn't comment.

Did George W. Bush issue a comment when Democrat Eliot Spitzer, "Client #9," was compelled to resign in NY? Or when Democrat John Edwards used campaign money to keep his girlfriend's existence secret while his wife was dying? No. Bush did not comment.

So should Obama comment on Filner? The unions are determining who they'll anoint as Filner's replacement—and once that successor's name is made known to those involved in The Filner Settlement, Obama's sole comment will be a standard-issue, party line endorsement of our new mayor-in-waiting.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 21, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Carlos, me commenting and being interested in this because I am a resident of this city is quite something else than the leader of the free world commenting on this.

Being the head of something doesn't mean you are in every layer of it.

I you think this is such a pressing issue why don't you write Mr. Obama a letter and tell him how vital you think it is he weighs in on the mayors se scandal.

I'm sure his people will get right back to you.

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CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 2:26 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

I did. Just the polite auto-response thus far.

Perhaps POTUS plans to address this behind the scenes and indirectly via the DNC consensus announcement slated for Friday.

I guess, frankly, part of me can't blame the POTUS for wanting to dissociate himself entirely from the Filner fiasco. Filner through his own actions has become political kryptonite.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | August 21, 2013 at 5:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Points are being missed here. The criticisms and public calls for resignation from B. Boxer and D.Feinstein wouldn't have been made without approval from up high. Secondly, Obama is not going to wade into a sex scandal. If he avoided commenting on Kwame Kilpatrick's troubles, what makes anyone think he'll comment on Filner's? He hasn't shown much political skill, so I'm surprised Obama is choosing the politically correct course.

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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

so it must have come across his desk then at some point.

perhaps with Friday's DNC announcement, its come across his desk twice.

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strata66 | August 21, 2013 at 6:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

No comment from POTUS because he has been briefed on the silliness of it all and is aware that this is just a public lynching by the San Diego White Republicans. As a matter of fact, I do not see many Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans or other ethnic groups joining in the fray to recall Bob. Why? Because they LOVE BOB. This is a republican WASP conspiracy, Obama wants nooooooo part of it. Besides, even if the recall is successful, it will be tied up in court for so long Bob might just get to serve out his 3 more years with pay. The recall laws are wrong and are going to be changed, it's all moot. Lotta energy for some panties remark eh?

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CarlosDangler | August 23, 2013 at 9:02 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Damn WASPs. It's official. They've run him out of office.

See here strata: http://tinyurl.com/kfyhtca

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