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Anthony Weiner’s Been A Lousy Husband But, Hey, At Least He Does The Laundry
I’m a sucker for sex scandals and that means that I took great delight in the crash-boom-bang implosion of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s political career last year. A sex scandal that involved betrayal, stupidity, graphic images of Congressional Members’ members and yet no actual intercourse? Comedy gold.
And it was the cover-up of the, well, lack of covering-up that made the whole thing so bad. As Weiner’s little habit of sexting strangers became known, he blamed his political opponents — including the late Andrew Breitbart — for his own lack of integrity. Oh man, that press conference where Breitbart took on the media for siding with Weiner? Best press conference ever. Literally every time a politician is late to a press conference, I hope for someone to pull a Breitbart and just yell at the reporters.
But it’s been a year since Weiner finally resigned. His seat has gone Republican, of all things. And so it’s time for him to test the political waters by dipping his toe back into the spotlight. Yes, he and his lovely and poor wife Huma Abedin posed with their cutie pie 6-month-old son Jordan for People magazine.
What made the scandal particularly sad is that the couple had only been married a few months when it broke. And Huma was pregnant. What a horrible thing for a newlywed who is pregnant. She stood by her husband and the father of her child and they are making the marriage work. Which is an awesome thing that can give a great deal of comfort to people saddled with less-than-stellar spouses, eh? And Weiner, for his part, is attempting to make amends. The good old fashioned way. By doing laundry:
“It took a lot of work to get to where are are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family,” says Abedin, 37.
“Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” she says of her husband, who does all the laundry. “I’m proud to be married to him.”
I remember when my husband and I went through premarital counseling, our pastor said something about how helping each other with chores really strengthened a marriage. We didn’t get it at the time but absolutely nothing makes me want to please my husband as much as when he does some extra stuff around the house. There’s wisdom in this, Anthony.
As for his part, it sounds like he’s appropriately humbled by his reckless behavior that almost cost him his family:
“I’ve had enormous regrets about what I put Huma through, how I let my constituents down,” Mr. Weiner said. “But it’s not like I sit all day replaying it in my mind,” he added. “With a baby, it is pretty easy to put things into perspective.”
Anyway, word to the spouses who have royally messed up. Take a hint from a disgraced Congressman. Put a little effort into the daily repair of your marriage and it may pay off.