Obama Hopes Rangel Ends Long Career ‘With Dignity’

July 30, 2010

(ChattahBox)—President Obama has now officially weighed in, on the House ethics committee’s charges of multiple ethics violations presented against Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) . He expressed the hope that Rangel at the age of 80, end his 40-year Congressional career “with dignity.”

President Obama made his remarks during an interview with Harry Smith of CBS’s the “Early Show.” A short clip of the interview was shown on Katie Couric’s evening broadcast, wherein Obama characterized the charges against Rangel “troubling.”

“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.

“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.”

Obama didn’t call for Rangel’s resignation, but with a Democratic president suggesting the New York lawmaker “…go gentle into that good night,” of the twilight of his long career, that is exactly what may be in Rangel’s near future.

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