Bil Browning

President Obama signs DADT repeal bill

Filed By Bil Browning | December 22, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, President Obama, repeal vote, signing ceremony

I had the honor of attending today's signing ceremony for the legislation repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. Several other Bilerico Project contributors were there too - so many, in fact, that it got dizzying to keep turning around and hugging each one.

But the part that really made my head spin was watching our President speak about the LGBT community and knowing that this time - this time - it wasn't lip service. We weren't added to another bill that would pass in spite of our inclusion. The President demanded this legislation, led the military to support it, our community orgs finally came together, and Congress passed a bill that was solely for the benefit of gays and lesbians. We were not an afterthought. We were the main attraction.

After the jump I've put a few of the photographs I took at the ceremony. Poor Joe Mirabella flew in from Seattle just to cover the event for us and less than 24 hours later is back in the air winging it home. I'll leave it to him to cover the event for you in detail; I just wanted to share some of my pictures and the video of the ceremony.

I witnessed history being made today. I wish all of you could have been there with me.

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The last one is one of my favorites. It's a screencap sent to me by Father Tony. He grabbed it from his TV and sent it in asking, "Isn't that Jerame and Joe Mirabella?" You can see President Obama still shaking hands about four people behind them.

All of my photos were taken with my iPhone so some of them are a little blurry from the zoom. You can clickety any of them to embiggen. I'd also suggest checking out the photoset Joe Mirabella put online of all the snapshots he took today. He'll cull them out for the best ones for his post.


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Congrats to Bil, Jerame, Joe and others for attending this momentus event.
However, what's with all the scruffy faces? You're going to see the president and you couldn't shave?

Angela Brightfeather | December 22, 2010 10:05 PM

Believe me Bil, we were all right there with you.

Bil you won't believe this but I just submitted my post to you mid flight back to Seattle. I think I've been up for 3 days with short naps between dogs. I simply could not sleep without writing that story. It was great to see you my friend.

Thank you for the pics and including the video Bil. I missed it earlier. Congratulations on being invited.

Thank-you to Robin McGehee and Dan Choi for making this happen.