Huma Abedin, wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner, broke her silence today opening up about her decision to stick by her husband following last year's Weinergate. Huma, who recently had a baby with Anthony and works as a top aide to Hillary Clinton, told People magazine that "my husband did a really stupid thing" when he sent women on Twitter scandalous and embarrassing photos of himself. But according to her, he's doing everything he can to be a perfect dad and husband. Huma joins a list of political wives who have seen their spouses stray in a very public way. Like her boss, Hillary, she chose to work it out. But that's not always the case. Find out who stuck by their wandering politicians and who kicked them to the curb with a look at quotes straight from these women.
If you didn't think last June's weinergate could get more TMI-tastic, with its boxer brief crotch shots and Daily Show-inspired sex fantasy, one of the former Congressman's sextees, Traci Nobles, is coming out with a tell-all ebook, called I Freinded You. On her Facebook page, Traci says she "was motivated by my need for clarity. I wanted to provide clarification for the lies and untruths, both know and unknow." I'm not even sure Traci had five minutes of fame, so does the public really need to have lies they can't even remember clarified?
Either, way she's going for it, and if you're gratuitously interested, here are some excerpts from Traci Nobles's ebook, out Oct. 15. Apparently there's a lot you can learn from a person while sexting.
- On his in-laws: "When he brought up the intolerance of his in-laws over his religion, I felt sorry for him and this gave me more insight into why he continually told me that I was the 'fun' in his life and understood why he needed an escape." In a text, he wrote: "they just believe I should be muslim or convert."
- On his sexting avatar: "On the occasions that our talk would turn dirty, there was one time that especially stood out because of a picture Weiner chose for his Yahoo avatar: a picture of his niece. It felt strange to dirty talk with a toddler looking back at me. I was distracted by the photo of his niece; it felt weird, not so sexy."
- On a recent political debate: Weiner texted, "Knowing you were watching gets me hot, he was so easy," he wrote. "I could have done (it) with my eyes closed."
Traci includes more explicit alleged texts from Weiner in the book, although I'll spare you the really-dirty talk here. And if you're wondering about the typo in the title of the book, Traci also wrote on her Facebook wall that "there is a reason why it is spelled that way." Mysterious!
Anthony Weiner was joined by hecklers today when he announced his resignation from Congress. As he apologized to his wife and constituents,nd shared his decision to leave office after seven terms, someone yelled, "Yeah, get out of here pervert!" Others shouted out more lewd questions, yet it seemed like an appropriately obscene ending to the bizarre Weinergate. His last name is Weiner, after all, and he was caught sending photos of his well, wiener. The whole press conference leaves me wondering why he didn't just release a press statement with the news he was quitting. Watch the resignation speech now.
Weinergate may come to an end after two bizarre weeks of embarrassing pictures, confusing interviews, and bad jokes. Earlier this week, President Obama called the scandal a distraction and said he would resign if he were NY representative Anthony Weiner. Well, it looks Weiner has come to that decision, after talking to his wife Huma Abedin, as pressure from Democratic leaders rises and lewd pictures and details continue to emerge.
The seven-term congressman is expected to resign today. Most of you said you would break up with your partner if he committed online transgressions like Weiner, but do you think his personal mistakes should cost him his job? It hasn't been shown that he broke any laws or even had a physical relationship, and many politicians, including President Bill Clinton, who had sex with an intern in the oval office, have survived far worse scandals. Should Weiner resign in your opinion?
Weinergate is a well of puns and jokes for late-night comics. But as more lewd photos of Anthony Weiner emerge, the President has made it clear that he finds nothing funny about the Democratic congressman's penchant for sexting.
Today a White House spokesman said, "The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction. Obviously, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, his dishonesty was inappropriate." The public keeps finding out just how inappropriate the behavior was. Yesterday TMZ released half-naked photos Weiner took at the congressional gym. And as we discovered last week, he was apparently doing all of this while his wife was pregnant.
Weiner has asked for a leave of absence, but has not stepped down, and is seeking "treatment." Obama's press secretary didn't go as far as to call for Weiner's resignation, but it's clear the pressure's increasing. Do you think he should step down or let the voters decide?
Cheating may be the ultimate deal breaker for many women, but these days it comes in so many forms of tweets and texts that it's hard to nail down what exact behavior warrants no second chances.
Take the much discussed case of Congressman Weiner. He stressed in his confession that he never had a physical relationship nor even met with any of his cybersex buddies. Considering a photo apparently depicting his undressed wiener has emerged on the web, it seems clear that he got intimate with women other than his wife. But according to him, he never met them, nor had the opportunity to father a love child or jeopardize his (pregnant) wife's sexual health.
Perhaps the absence of actual sex makes cyber cheating something the betrayed partner is willing to work out with therapy before initiating divorce proceedings or ending the relationship. It's clearly a serious betrayal of trust, but does a lack of physical activity make you see it differently than other forms of cheating? Or, would you break up over it?
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During his emotional press conference on Monday, the New York congressman said he and his wife would work things out, maintaining, "We will weather this. I love her very much, and she loves me.”
Considering the embarrassing details and pictures that have come out so far in the midst of the Weinergate scandal, would a baby make you consider staying by Weiner's side if you were in his wife's shoes?
In the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when Huma Abedin was working for then First Lady Hillary Clinton, the young aide could never have imagined the details of her future husband Congressman Anthony Weiner's sex scandal. Twitter and Facebook did not exist, nor did the sexting epidemic. Yet the feelings of embarrassment and intense public attention she's experiencing today are similar to those her boss Hillary felt back in the 1990s, and Huma is reportedly reaching out to the secretary of state for advice.
Born in the US to Indian and Pakistani parents and raised in Saudi Arabia, 35-year-old Huma serves as Clinton's chief of staff, traveling the world with America's top diplomat. After Weiner confessed that the inappropriate photos were of him on Monday, Huma sought advice from Hillary, but it was apparently her own decision to not stand by his side during his confessional press conference. By Tuesday evening, she was on her way to Africa with Secretary Clinton for a weeklong mission.
Insiders say Huma, who is widely respected in Washington, will likely stick by her husband, whom she married last year in a ceremony officiated by Bill Clinton — perhaps that was a bad omen. And now there are reports that she is pregnant. Whether voters and congressional leadership will forgive Weiner is another question. See photos of Huma over the years now.
It was the tweet seen 'round the world: Representative Anthony Weiner finally admitted to sending a photo of his crotch over Twitter yesterday, but says he really meant to send it as a direct message to one of the many women he's been flirting with online. I'm sure you know that sending pics of your private parts to anyone is risky business (especially when you're in the public eye), so if you must tweet sensitive photos, make sure you know what you're doing. Here's how to send a proper Twitter direct message:
- Log into your Twitter account
- Click the "Messages" button on the top menu bar
- This page shows all of your direct message history. You can either reply to a conversation that has already been started, or click "New Message"
- Enter your message (still limited to 140 characters) and click "send"
- Note: you'll only be able to send messages to people that follow you
A week later, and Weinergate gets zipped up, as Congressman Anthony Weiner came clean today about taking and posting the crotch shot seen 'round the world on Twitter. He apologized for the scandal and for lying about being hacked, in addition to admitting he's been flirting online with a number of women over the past three years before and after his marriage to Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton. Despite the debacle, he's staying with his wife and he's not resigning. What do you think of Weiner after all this? If you supported him politically before the scandal, do you still?