Bil Browning

Gibbs: Don't mind them; We're still with you

Filed By Bil Browning | September 24, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Appeals Court, DOJ, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Robert Gibbs

"Today, the Department of Justice made a filing in a legal challenge to the Don't Ask, Don't tell (DADT) policy, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged. This filing in no way diminishes the President's firm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT - indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy. The President was disappointed earlier this week when a majority of the Senate was willing to proceed with National Defense Authorization Act, but political posturing created a 60 vote threshold. The President spoke out against DADT in his first State of the Union Address, and the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have both testified in support of repeal. And the Department of Defense continues to work on a plan on how to implement repeal. The President, along with his Administration, will continue to work with the Senate Leadership to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT as outlined in the NDAA this fall."

-- Statement put out by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs after the Department of Justice filed papers in court yesterday evening that said halting the enforcement of DADT discharges was "untenable."

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I don't get it. DADT was implemented as a presidential order, from the Commander In Chief, without any action on behalf of Congress. Obama can do the same. All this wrangling over Congress doing something is pointless. One executive order on how to change policy in the executive branch, and you're done.

Actually, you're wrong, Woody. DADT is a law passed by Congress. Clinton came up with the compromise and Congress passed it into law. That's why Congress is needed to repeal it.

Aubrey Haltom | September 25, 2010 8:53 AM

I'm almost numb with incredulity at the Obama Admin's political ineptitude.
I think that is what strikes me most about the past 19 months - the lack of leadership from Obama, the lack of political direction from his 'team'.
This instance of DADT support, while claiming to be for repeal, is another case of the fractured reality the Obama Admin lives in.
I'd like Obama to not only teleprompt some conviction, but actually lead with conviction.
BTW - there is a 12-minute video from Rachel Maddow's show re: the failure of DADT repeal, where she skewers both Obama and the Republicans. Look it up, it's well done.

What gets me is how a "liberal/progressive" from Harvard, who later taught constitutional law at Chicago, can be so tone deaf when federal courts have consistently found that marriage and DADT discrimination against gays is a violation of the US Constitution.

His response is to defend the unconstitutional and say that politics will take care of it in time. That isn't what they taught at Harvard.