Zogby report card: Anthony Weiner scandal overshadowed Obama's stimulus pitch

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Obama Report Card,Anthony Weiner

Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama's new economic stimulus plan presented in three domestic trips was modest, but a good start to turning around a weak summer. But Obama needs to find a way to push the Weiner scandal off the front pages.

"President Obama has launched a major campaign to discuss his economic initiatives for the remainder of his term. It was a modest start, lacking in specifics and overshadowed by the Anthony Weiner saga.

"Because he has always bottomed out in the summer, it is wise that he has at least begun the process of taking command. If Obama really wants to push Weiner off the front pages and the New York mayoral candidate stumbling through a sexting scandal really wants to be in public service, perhaps the president can appoint him to a wonkie job somewhere in the federal bureaucracy. This way the left hand won't ever have to know what the right hand is doing -- in a manner of speaking."

Grade -- C+

Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author of the forthcoming (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.