Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Obama: Passive on DADT

This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refused to say that President Obama would call on the Senate to stay in session until it brought up the stand-alone measure to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In a series of passive replies to the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson and the Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld, Gibbs didn’t directly urge the Senate to consider the measure, but said, “our hope is that the Senate will take this up again and we’ll see this done by the time the year ends.” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and DREAM, along with government funding, are all in a basket of issues that are likely to come after” START, he argued earlier in the press briefing.

Now, maybe the administration is working furiously behind the scenes to get the DADT repeal done during the lame duck. But this certainly *looks* like, once again, the president doesn't have the heart to fight very hard or very visibly for a liberal priority.

Just sayin'.

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