Anthony Weiner admits he lied about underpants photo; Twitter erupts with jokes
Anthony Weiner, the Democratic New York congressman who earlier claimed his Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked, admitted Monday that he had been lying and the lewd photos were in fact of him.
"I haven't told the truth. And I've done things I deeply regret. I've brought pain to people I care about the most and people who believe in me. And for that, I'm deeply sorry," a teary-eyed Weiner stated at a news conference in the Big Apple.
While seemingly copping to almost every allegation that had been swirling since Memorial Day, Weiner even hinted that there could be some x-rated self-portraits floating around.
Weiner said he was not going to resign, but that he decided to come clean so the lying could cease.
"I was embarrassed and I didn't want it to lead to more embarrassing lies," he said.
Needless to say, the karma has come full circle. Using the same medium where Weiner flirted with several young women, Twitter users are now poking fun of the congressman and the fine mess he has gotten himself into.
From jabs by comedian Steve Martin who joked "BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Weiner has apologized to Paul Revere" to the inevitable comparisons to Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John Edwards, the perfect storm of a man with the last name of Weiner admitting to being caught with his pants down is too much for the social network to ignore.
After the jump, a hearty collection of the best one-liners about Weiner's admission.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) speaks to the media in New York, June 6, 2011. Representative Anthony Weiner admitted on Monday to sending a lewd photo of himself to a 21-year-old female college student over his Twitter account after previously denying he had done so. Credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid