Anthony Weiner's press conference Thursday afternoon to announce his resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives in the wake of a sexting scandal gave new meaning to the phrase "media circus."
Though brief, the announcement was an apt sequel to the similarly surreal presser Weiner gave in Manhattan on June 6. During that mid-day event, the New York congressman fought back tears for more than 40 minutes while confessing that he had carried on inappropriate electronic correspondence with six women--and then lied about his behavior in an effort to cover it up.
For today's press event, dozens of reporters filled a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn senior center to cover the concluding mea culpa. And Twitter--the social-media platform that helped bring about Weiner's downfall--exploded with commentary from those watching online.
"Peyser! Peyser!" someone shouted as Weiner approached the podium, referring to Andrea Peyser, the acerbic New York Post columnist who had grilled Weiner at the previous event.
"Today, I am making my official resignation from Congress," Weiner said, bathed in the light of flashbulbs.
Weiner was berated by at least one heckler as he apologized to his constituents, family and wife, Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.
"Are you more than 7 inches?" Benjy Bronk, a writer for "The Howard Stern Show," shouted at Weiner.
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