By Tom Quiner
Here’s what the President had to say about Congressman Weiner’s sextcapades, his comments coming to us via his press secretary, Jay Carney:
“As Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate. But the president is focused on his job, which is getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and ensuring the safety and security of the American people.”
The president did not call for Mr. Weiner’s resignation. In other words, character does not count when it comes to Congressmen.
Meanwhile, the President’s budget director, Peter Orszag, is leaving his job. Mr. Orszag has just fathered a child with his girl friend at the same time he has become engaged to another woman. In addition, he has joint custody of two children from his first marriage.
Let’s recap that:
1. Mr. Orszag gets married. Has 2 kids. Gets divorced.
2. Gets new girlfriend pregnant. Dumps her.
3. As the baby is born, he announces his engagement to yet another woman.
This is the man who crunched the numbers used to sell Obamacare to the nation. This is the man to whom the President entrusted the biggest expansion of government in history.
Wouldn’t you want a man like that to be a man of upstanding character? Has Mr. Orszag behaved like a man with upstanding character?
When I heard he was leaving his position in the Obama administration, I assumed it was because of conduct unbecoming a man in such a high-ranking position.
I was wrong.
He left to take a high-paying job with CitiGroup.
How much does character count to Mr. Obama?
Whenever I mention these scandals, liberal detractors immediately bring up Republicans who misbehave, as if that justifies liberal misbehaving. It doesn’t, of course. It does seem that Republicans are more persuasive at ousting Republicans who misbehave than Democrats are at getting their own to leave.
I propose that we start holding members of Congress and the Executive Branch to a standard higher than used car salesmen.
Some readers worry that if we sanctioned everything Congressman did, Congress wouldn’t have time to do anything else.
What a solution! That’s an idea American can get behind.