Ed Team

Barack Obama won't repeal DADT on his own

Filed By Ed Team | September 19, 2008 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Barack Obama, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gays in the military, military

"I want to make sure that when we revert 'don't ask, don't tell,' it's gone through a process and we've built a consensus or at least a clarity of what my expectations are so that it works. My first obligation as the president is to make sure that I keep the American people safe and that our military is functioning effectively. Although I have consistently said I would repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,' I believe that the way to do it is make sure that we are working through a process, getting the Joint Chiefs of Staff clear in terms of what our priorities are going to be."

--Barack Obama on DADT


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i don't think this is a bad thing. did you read the rest of the interview? essentially he's arguing that he would work with the senate to build support for a few different issues that affect lgbt people. we'd need to make sure we hold his feet to the fire on this. but if we can get the president to help us influence congress, it could build long-term and more sustainable support for our issues. it's extra leverage to build the congressional champions that our organizations are already working to secure. it makes the battle easier in the future, it would seem.