Obama: Time For Rangel to End Career With Dignity
While Congressional Democrats are being careful not to dance on Charlie Rangel’s grave, President Obama is showing no such compunction.
President Barack Obama has kept mum on the fate of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for days — but he tells CBS News that it’s time for the embattled 80-year-old former Ways and Means Chairman to end his career “with dignity.”
“I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served– his constituents very well. But these– allegations are very troubling,” Obama told Harry Smith in an interview to be aired on the “Early Show.” and first broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
“And he’ll– he’s somebody who’s at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I’m sure that– what he wants is to be able to– end his career with dignity. And my hope is that– it happens. “
Of course, as Dave Schuler has been pointing out since the days of the campaign, Obama is not hobbled by loyalty. And some might argue that it’s a bit late for Rangel to retire with dignity.