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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell About Obama’s Expiration Dates



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Instapundit has this one right.

Obama, at the Monday fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, after being heckled for not repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military:

We are going to do that.  Hey, hold on a second, hold on a second. We are going to do that . . . No, no, no, no, listen. What the young man was talking about was we need to — we need to repeal, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which I agree with and which we have begun to do.

Today:

Q But he’s committed to them letting the Pentagon work through its working group process until December 1st, is that true? He’s committed to that?

MR. GIBBS: Yes. The President has set forward a process with the Joint — the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and with the Secretary of Defense to work through this issue.

Q Before any legislative action is taken — that rules out legislative action this year?

MR. GIBBS: Well, again — the House and the Senate are obviously a different branch of government. The President has a process and a proposal I think that he believes is the best way forward to seeing, again, the commitment that he’s made for many years in trying to — changing that law.

“We are going to do that” . . . starting in January 2011, when I have a House and Senate that are probably much less likely to want to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Something Lighter


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