Comment of the day:
"Don't pressure the Weiner. As soon as the story broke, with a last name like that, I would've resigned immediately."–DonQuijote33
Three main issues, along with many puns, have surfaced in comments on CNN.com stories about U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission Monday that he had posted a lewd photo to Twitter, that he'd lied about it previously, and that he'd carried on inappropriate exchanges with several women he met online.
Readers took a stab at Weiner's seeming ignorance of social media's power to make anything public at a click of a mouse.
WebsterLong said, "Can someone tell me about any time in history where a man sending pictures of his most private of areas via the Internet has ever turned out well? Some people are so clueless it's frightening."
katiefacemom is not only upset that the congressman lied, she can't believe he sent such a photo via Twitter. "How, in today's world of social media ad nauseam can any elected official possibly believe they could get away with something as flagrantly stupid as this? Who cares what he tweeted. It's the lies that just cost him his career."
vertrep00 said, "Lying about his personal behavior on the steps of Congress is big news. Tweeting like a rogue freshman in college, while serving in Congress, is even bigger. I don't want this narcissistic frat-boy voting on my future or that of my children."
iReporters also submitted their views on the situation. iReporter TheVideoMan wrote, "If they were smart, these people would not share these embarrassing pics or videos thru social media. And when caught, the offender should admit guilt immediately and move on – it's the lies that the American people will not stand for."
iReporter JOHNNYCOLT expressed his concern about the congressman’s social media use: "How is a man who does not have the skills to manage the clandestine activities of his own electronic affairs without the world finding out about it ever supposed to execute the duties of his office and survive the viper pit of modern day politics?"
Several commenters weighed in about Weiner's announcement that he would not resign from Congress.
"Do the brave thing, the right thing, Mr. Weiner. ... Resign," heresme said. "Your judgment is lacking. You have lost your people's faith and trust. Get on with it and do the proper thing. Your constituents deserve to close this chapter, and so does your country."
DionKraft said, "If you can't handle 'Tweets' and Facebook, how can you be qualified to run the government? If you can't handle your life, how can you handle others'? RESIGN."
"I am one of his constituents and he has always been great in the past," viewer58 said. "I can't get past his lies and stories. I think he should resign."
Several people who said they were Weiner’s constituents said they feel that what he did was not illegal and the actions should not force him from office.
maxemoose36 wrote, "He's one of the best representatives that NY state, let alone the country, has. When he does something truly illegal, I'll consider not voting for him."
Thoughtocrat said that Weiner did do wrong, but that his actions in Congress supersede the controversy. "I am your constituent, Anthony. You have my support. You have done a lot for NY, for your constituents, for this country. What you did was stupid. You are not a hormonal teenager. So, behave yourself."
tet1953 said, "These calls for resignation are ridiculous if you ask me. It was a stupid thing he did yes, but apparently no laws were broken. He has paid a high price already. Yeah, I know he lied. Out of embarrassment. A personal matter. Not like he lied about anything remotely related to his job and responsibility to his constituents."
Many readers are not upset about the photos as much as they are about Weiner lying to the public. A number of commenters agreed with CNN Opinion contributor Roland S. Martin, who argued that Weiner was wrong to lie. But some readers did not agree with Martin's assertion that Weiner shouldn't resign.
Swearengen said, "It is all about the lie. I couldn't possibly care less about him (or anyone for that matter) e-mailing their naughty bits to one another. That makes for some exciting sexual tension – I get that. I don't get why you would have to lie about it."
diver923 said, "…the lies are what I find most troubling. He didn't even know who he was sending these images to! He lost my vote and I think he should resign."
timpura said, "I think we need to start asking this question of all our politicians – If he (she) can lie so easily about something like this, what else can he (she) lie about?"
GailScottt, a constituent of Weiner’s, said, "Yes, he should resign. He was busted, he lied about it, blamed it on a hacker, and led us on a wild goose chase for days. He should resign and save his family further embarrassment."
iReporter KCRep said: "What I care about is the lying, when you get caught doing something that you KNOW you did, why make it so much worse by lying about it? Come on Weiner, you only had this press conference because you know you got caught. Admitting something after lying about it for days and days to the media is only trying to save yourself from further problems."