Thursday, June 2, 2011

Huma Abedin Weiner Calm Amid Twittergate

New York's Jewish-American Congressman Anthony Weiner's scandal has brought unwanted attention to his wife Huma Abedin, a 34 year-old Michigan-born Muslim-American woman with an Indian-American father and a Pakistani-American mother. The Congressman is alleged to have sent a lewd photo of his crotch from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old female student in Seattle, Washington.



A graduate of George Washington University, Huma Abedin has been a close aide to Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton since 1996 when she was an intern in the White House and saw the Monica Lewinsky scandal from a front-row seat. President Bill Clinton officiated at her wedding in July 2010.

Abedin's father was of Indian descent and was an Iranian scholar who died when she was 17 years old, and her Pakistani born mother is currently a university professor in Saudi Arabia.



“Abedin has the energy of a woman in her 20s, the confidence of a woman in her 30s, the experience of a woman in her 40s, and the grace of a woman in her 50s,” Mrs. Clinton wrote in an email to Vogue Magazine which did Abedin's photo shoot in July 2007. “She is timeless, her combination of poise, kindness, and intelligence are matchless.”

As the American and the British tabloid and mainstream media appear to be having a field day covering the scandal, Abedin has returned to work as poised and unfaltering as ever, according to The Daily Mail.

Here is Anthony Weiner at a recent Congressional Correspondents Dinner proclaiming "I do the Weiner jokes around here":



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13 comments:

Bari said...

she should dump him and move on...

Mayraj said...

Weiner was stupid. Not a good example of political judgement!
I bet her mother must be turning her ears red about her choice of marital partner. I mean South Asians wouldn't be posting such pics! It is considered unseemly!

Mayraj said...

Miss Cordova thinks the package-hugging picture - which Mr Weiner 'can't say with certitude' isn't his - was meant for somebody else and landed in her Twitter account by mistake.
Until recently, the congressman followed stripper and porn actress Ginger Lee, 28, who openly gushes about her 'Mr. Sexy Congressman' on social-networking sites.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393792/College-student-middle-Anthony-Weiner-storm-pleads-left-alone.html
Anthony Weiner cancels speaking engagement... as storm continues one week after lewd photo sent

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393792/College-student-middle-Anthony-Weiner-storm-pleads-left-alone.html#ixzz1OHW7Xk8S

Riaz Haq said...

Here's a NY Post report on how Huma is coping with the scandal swirling around her husband:

She's standing by her man -- but that act seems to be wearing thin.

Rep. Anthony Weiner's humiliated wife sheepishly showed her face at a Washington event yesterday, keeping a stiff upper lip amid the swirling scandal surrounding her husband's tawdry Twitter photo.

Huma Abedin, 34, briefly hesitated at the State Department ballroom door before working up the courage to go in -- but she left after just five minutes and steered clear of her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

While she put on a brave face inside the Beltway, her husband was busy weaseling out of a long-scheduled speaking engagement at last night's Wisconsin Democratic Convention.

"He told us this morning" that he was canceling his appearance, said Graeme Zelinski, spokesman for the state's Democratic Party. "My understanding is he's going to spend the weekend with his wife in New York."

It seems like a good call, as Abedin's wounds still looked fresh yesterday.

At first, she seemed to be a no-show at Clinton's morning event, where the secretary hosted a session of the Iraq Business Roundtable for companies including Caterpillar, FedEx, Microsoft, Citigroup and GE.

But shortly after the event began in the ornate Ben Franklin room, Abedin opened a door, peered into the room, then strode over to another Clinton aide 20 feet away from the secretary.

Wearing a black pant suit and a prominent pearl necklace, Abedin never cracked a smile and kept her distance from the former first lady. She ducked out long before the event finished.

Abedin wed Weiner, 46, last July in a ceremony conducted by former President Bill Clinton -- himself an expert on seedy political sex scandals.

She has kept a very low profile since it was revealed last week that a pretty young Washington state woman received a photo of an erect penis, covered by a pair of briefs, from Weiner's Twitter account.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/the_good_wife_gTbmLsA7ZPumS0RJQTUpAL#ixzz1OJuGxd9f

Mayraj said...

Congressman Anthony Weiner today sensationally admitted he had exchanged a series of photos and messages of an explicit nature with at least six women, according to The Daily Mail.

In a shocking confession, the shamed politician was close to tears as he broke down and told reporters he had lied about sending explicit pictures in a bid to protect his wife and family.

But despite the humiliating apology, the Congressman repeatedly refused to resign.

In an extraordinary press conference in Manhattan this afternoon, Mr Weiner said: 'I have made terrible mistakes that have hurt some of the people I care about most.

'I apologise to my wife and our family. I am deeply ashamed of my judgement and terrible actions.

Then he told a stunned audience: 'I have exchanged photos and messages of an explicit nature with at least six women over the last few years.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394860/Young-woman-set-reveal-exchanged-pictures-new-Weinergate-expose.html#ixzz1OXVr7gvM



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394860/Young-woman-set-reveal-exchanged-pictures-new-Weinergate-expose.html
Weiner comes clean: 'I DID send dirty pictures to SIX women and then I lied about. I apologize, it was dumb but I WON'T resign'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394860/Young-woman-set-reveal-exchanged-pictures-new-Weinergate-expose.html#ixzz1OXCzxRjt

AB said...

These poor women. It's one thing to be hurt and humiliated by your husband, but when it is in front of the whole world, it must be devastating. I'm for more women dumping these guys. The ladies deserve so much better. Best of luck to Huma.

Riaz Haq said...

Huma Abedin is pregnant, according to the NY Times:

Their marriage has become the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny amid an embarrassing online sex scandal.

Now, Representative Anthony D. Weiner and Huma Abedin are about to make news of a different kind: they are expecting their first child.

Ms. Abedin, 35, is in the early stages of pregnancy, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

The pregnancy, which the couple have disclosed to close friends and family, adds a new dimension to questions about the future of their marriage.

Mr. Weiner, 46, has admitted to engaging in salacious online conversations with at least six women over the last few years, including an incident last month in which he sent a photograph of himself in underwear to a college student in Washington state. He apologized to his wife and declared that they have no intention of splitting up.

“We will weather this,” Mr. Weiner said on Monday, during his emotional news conference. “I love her very much, and she loves me.”

But Ms. Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has remained silent about the topic as she keeps up a hectic schedule at the State Department.

Ms. Abedin returned to work this week and departed on Wednesday for a trip to northern Africa with Ms. Clinton.

A State Department spokesman declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.

Riaz Haq said...

Weiner has resigned his congressional seat, according to NY Times:

At last, there was a dignified moment in the decline and fall of Anthony Weiner.

Certainly there had been none in the New York Democrat’s personal behavior, his stalling and lying to his constituents, or the way he seemed to have misused his position to promote his online sex life. Neither was there any in the undisguised glee of his opponents, or the expediency that drove the reaction by his Democratic colleagues.

But Mr. Weiner was clear and direct at a Thursday afternoon news conference, packed with reporters and one exceedingly creepy heckler. He did not offer tedious “mistakes were made” evasions. “I’m here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused,” he said. “I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma.” (She wisely avoided the excruciating loyal-wife-by-his-side appearance.)

There is no excuse for Mr. Weiner’s behavior, but it is worth noting the cynical way lawmakers from both houses and both parties piled on to demand his resignation. There were reports before Thursday that the Democrats might deprive him of his committee assignments in hopes of pushing him out of the House altogether.

Senator David Vitter was not pressured by fellow Republicans to resign after he was identified as a patron of a prostitution service. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t immediately take away Representative Charles Rangel’s chairmanship of the tax-writing committee after allegations of misuse of campaign donations and tax evasion that eventually led to his censure.

We would like to think lawmakers have learned something from those episodes. We fear it was just that Mr. Weiner’s offenses were particularly tabloid-worthy, his abrasive manner never won him many friends and the Democrats worried about losing his seat.

Riaz Haq said...

Here's NY Times blog post on McCain denouncing Congressional Islomophobes' attacks on American Muslims serving in Obama administration, including Huma Abedin based on her Muslim heritage:

Finally, today, on the floor of the Senate, he excoriated Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Tea Partier, for her McCarthy-esque claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the government. He singled out attacks on a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin.

To say that the accusations “are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it,” he said. “It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma Abedin, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”


http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/whos-the-real-john-mccain/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/anderson-cooper-michele-bachmann-huma-abedin-muslims_n_1682281.html?utm_hp_ref=media

Riaz Haq said...

Here's a report on free tweeting in Pakistan:

Whenever a country that has a history of internet censorship gains better access to one of the internet’s most important tools, it’s big news.

And that’s exactly what has happened today. Starting today, Pakistan’s largest provider of cellular services has announced that its prepaid customers can tweet away – for free.

“Data charges for accessing Twitter have been made ZERO for all Mobilink prepaid subscribers. Subscribers don’t require to subscribe to this offer since it is available for all prepaid subscribers by default,” says Mobilink.

That means that users can tweet and retweet all they want without incurring any data charges. This removes one of the impediments from Pakistani Twitter users, who have faced state censorship of Twitter in the past.

Back in May of 2012, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority shut off Twitter access for the entire country for approximately 8 hours following the circulation of content deemed blasphemous on the network. Some speculated that the move had less to do with the specific content and more to do with a simple test as to whether a state-wide blockage was feasible.

As far as the rest of the internet goes, the Pakistani government has a history of censorship in the areas of so-called blasphemy and pornography. Recently, that censorship has moved to content that falls in the realm of political speech. In a country with this track record, free access to Twitter is a significant opportunity for its people – considering access remains open.

There are some caveats to the deal. Mainly, tweets must be sent via mobile.twitter.com – not Twitter’s native apps.

Also:

“[G]oing on external links will result in data charging. Whenever a subscriber clicks on an external link, he will be shown a notification indicating that standard data charges apply to view the link. External link will be opened after subscriber’s consent only.”

But for the purposes of simply communicating (being that all-important amateur reporter), this is a great thing for Pakistani tweeters.


http://www.webpronews.com/pakistans-mobiilink-offers-free-tweeting-to-its-customers-2013-04

Riaz Haq said...

Here's a recent report on Anthony Weiner in trouble again:

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after a sexting scandal, admitted Tuesday that his Internet shenanigans didn’t stop when he stepped down in disgrace.
Hours after a gossip website published raunchy texts and explicit photos it said were from 2012, Weiner held an extraordinary press conference — accompanied by his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton — to apologize and ask voters for a second chance.
"Some of these things happened before my resignation. Some of them happened after," Weiner said without providing any specifics.

And in her first public remarks on the scandal, a clearly nervous Abedin said it took “a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy” to put her marriage back together.
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"It was not an easy choice in any way but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage,” she said. “I didn’t know how it would work out but I did know that I wanted to give it a try.
"I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him,” she added. “And, as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”
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"The sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city," said Bill de Blasio, one of his Democratic contenders. "And yes, I'm talking about Anthony Weiner. Enough is enough."
Weiner said he had no intention of calling it quits. He’s one of several politicians caught up in sex scandals who are mounting comebacks – including former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is running for city comptroller five years after a romp with a prostitute was revealed.
With just 49 days to go before the Democratic primary in the mayoral race, Weiner said he was surprised “that more things didn’t come out sooner.”
He apologized several times to Abedin and to anyone he ever sexted, took full responsibility for the sexting and said he didn’t blame anyone for being “curious” about it.


http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/23/19640828-anthony-weiner-admits-sexting-continued-after-2011-resignation-from-congress?lite

Bari said...

something's wrong with his wife... to put up with this over & over. Maybe it's her lust for power - and she sees him as a path to that?

Riaz Haq said...

Bari: "something's wrong with his wife... to put up with this over & over. Maybe it's her lust for power - and she sees him as a path to that?"

Huma Abedin is Hillary Clinton's aide and she's following her boss's example...always stand by your man....even if he's a creep.