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WH Adviser Jarrett: Obama to Start Military Gay Ban Repeal 'Right Away'

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Rachel Maddow talked to Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett about Obama's plans on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" following the State of the Union speech last night.

Said Jarrett: "He's going to begin a process starting right away to move forward with that and in the days and weeks again he will outline for you and for the general public specifically how he'll do that."

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  1. I'll believe it when I see it.

    Posted by: D | Jan 28, 2010 11:38:00 AM


  2. So he's going to begin a process that will be outlined in the coming weeks and months, and will get taken care of finally just in time for re-election so that he can pretend that he actually took action on something.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 28, 2010 11:46:34 AM


  3. He'll create a plan to start a planning process to figure out how to implement such a plan at some future date. It will cost millions for this process- just do something he should do today with a stroke of a pen.

    Posted by: Tom A. | Jan 28, 2010 11:49:37 AM


  4. "VERY CLEARLY" - really, lady?

    Posted by: Gregsy | Jan 28, 2010 11:50:18 AM


  5. Days and weeks and months and months and months and months...and all the while more people are being discharged. With "fierce advocates" like him...we don't need enemies.

    Posted by: Taylor | Jan 28, 2010 11:50:45 AM


  6. Really people? Go chain yourselves to the Pentagon and start protesting on the streets right now if you are that pissed. I'm not mocking you , I'm saying , less typing , more action.

    Cue Bedwell.

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Jan 28, 2010 11:57:03 AM


  7. Over two-thirds of US adults, including most Conservatives and Republicans, now favor repeal of DADT (Gallup):
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/120764/conservatives-shift-favor-openly-gay-service-members.aspx

    73% of US combat troops are "personally comfortable in the presence of gay and lesbian comrades" (Zogby):
    http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.cfm?ID=1222

    Most military families, think DADT should be repealed (Quinnipiac):
    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1295.xml?ReleaseID=1292

    104 retired senior officers, lead by former Joint Chiefs Chairman General John Shalikashvili, have urged repeal of DADT, calling it harmful to the military's mission.
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/17/dont.ask.dont.tell/index.html

    Count me among the majority of Conservatives and Republicans who support repeal of DADT.

    Posted by: WesternCiv | Jan 28, 2010 12:31:59 PM


  8. For some, Derek typing is action. As the old maxim says: "The pen is mightier than the sword."

    Posted by: Taylor | Jan 28, 2010 12:37:06 PM


  9. @Derek

    I will mock them for you.

    Know what I'd like to see from gay white men?

    Less whining and more action.

    Less talking and more doing.

    I want to see the trust fund babies in Manhattan disrupt Wall Street. I want to see the twinkies of Hollywood rise up in revolt by seizing control of some movie studios. I want to see the art students and nerds in San Francisco show up to their Silicon Valley jobs naked. I want to see the gym rats who populate Maimi's beaches rallying in front of Charlie Crist's office.

    Oh nevermind.

    That will require them to break a nail.

    Instead they have a plan to recruit Tea Baggers to help them elect Republicans in 2010 in the hopes of influencing Obama to repeal DADT in 2011 after they strip him of his congressional majority. Which will necessarily delay passage in Congress until the Democrats return to power on 5th of Never. And if that doesn't work, they will get themselves drunk silly at some Pride Party in June and pick a fight with random black people. As a protest against Obama no doubt.

    Posted by: John | Jan 28, 2010 12:52:10 PM


  10. How can I put this politely?

    FUCK YOU, Derek! And your ceaseless, senseless attacks on anyone who dares call your unrequited boyfriend to account for his abandoning his promises to the LGBT community, AND simply paying more LIP service last night.

    Try speaking to ISSUES, Mary, not just issue personal attacks. You may be a big fag in the little pond of Las Vegas, but you ain't the legal, historical, and legislative experts of the Palm Center:

    "The path to repeal will require both a command decision BY THE PRESIDENT and a clear timeline which follows. Leadership from the Pentagon will likely be mixed during upcoming hearings, and votes will be close in the House and Senate. IT'S THE PRESIDENT WHO IS THE GAME CHANGER ON DON'T ASK DON'T TELL IN 2010.”

    Or do you want to flame your pal Dan Choi, too:

    "The White House still has not released a plan to kill it. That's unacceptable. ... America can't afford to allow this policy to continue one day longer. The time for talk is over. The time for action is now.”

    Big hug!

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 1:00:16 PM


  11. Dear Ms. Jarrett & Mr. President:

    For your consideration, I respectfully submit this action plan which could begin today:

    1. Place the WEIGHT of your administration behind passage of a repeal bill.

    2. Task the Defense Department and the senior command structure in every branch of the armed forces with developing an action plan for the implementation of a full repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    3. Direct your Secretaries of
    Defense and Homeland Security to develop procedures for taking re-accession requests from those qualified service members who were separated from the armed forces under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and still want to serve their country.

    But I can't take credit for that action plan. It's the one published by Mr. Obama on November 29, 2007.

    Looking forward to its immediate implementation.

    Sincerely,

    MLB

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 1:06:11 PM


  12. You can sign the Courage Campaign's letter to the President:

    "President Barack Obama:

    We, the undersigned, urge you to take immediate action to stop the discharge of gay and lesbian soldiers, like Lt. Dan Choi, as a result of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.

    Please use your authority as Commander-in-Chief to take immediate and decisive action to end this discriminatory policy. Furthermore, we ask that you take leadership in securing the swift passage and prompt signing of a permanent legislative repeal of this discriminatory policy."

    at:

    http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/DontDelay

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 1:17:47 PM


  13. Watch for it, watch for it...

    From the White House, "Valerie Jarret misspoke."

    Posted by: Jubal H | Jan 28, 2010 1:37:21 PM


  14. "He's going to begin a process starting right away to move forward... ?" Talk about squirming. Embarrassing. Ball-less. And at this point, routine for Obama. Where is the guy I voted for?

    Posted by: Chal | Jan 28, 2010 1:42:49 PM


  15. As the saying goes, "trust but verify"

    I'll believe it when I see it.

    Posted by: B-rod | Jan 28, 2010 1:53:28 PM


  16. @Michael: Hit a nerve did I?

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Jan 28, 2010 1:55:14 PM


  17. RE: Posted by: Tom A. | Jan 28, 2010 11:49:37 AM

    "He'll create a plan to start a planning process to figure out how to implement such a plan at some future date. It will cost millions for this process- just do something he should do today with a stroke of a pen."

    You forgot the first step in the process which is selecting a committee to study the implementation of a plan to start the planning...

    RE: Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Jan 28, 2010 11:57:03 AM

    "Really people? Go chain yourselves to the Pentagon and start protesting on the streets right now if you are that pissed. I'm not mocking you , I'm saying , less typing , more action.

    Cue Bedwell."

    That's the first that I've agreed with you in a loooong time. Direct and militant action is the only thing that will get anything accomplished securing our liberty in the States. Stonewall and the Plowshares 8 are who we should be emulating so how about it people. Are you going to put up or shut up?

    Posted by: Jubal H | Jan 28, 2010 2:00:59 PM


  18. @Michael
    You're too thick to see the irony in your phrase:
    "FUCK YOU, Derek! And your ceaseless, senseless attacks on anyone who dares call your unrequited boyfriend to account for his abandoning his promises to the LGBT community, AND simply paying more LIP service last night.

    Try speaking to ISSUES, Mary, not just issue personal attacks. You may be a big fag in the little pond of Las Vegas, but you ain't the legal, historical, and legislative experts of the Palm Center"

    FUCK the Palm Center. You want so badly for this to be done EXACTLY THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO. REMOVE YOUR FUCKING EGO, man. It is so sad that you are willing to make the president institute the stop-loss program aka "back-door draft" just to hold discharges for literally a year. I would love to see you convince the family of a recently discharged soldier that he has to go back simply because we want to send a message. IT IS A PROGRAM, NOT A PROCEDURE. And in that program it clearly states that "THOSE SOLDIERS IN VIOLATION OF THE ARMY'S HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT POLICY" are ineligible for the stop loss program. TO YOU, SLOW ACTION = BROKEN PROMISES. You sound like a meathead when you make that argument.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Jan 28, 2010 2:06:29 PM


  19. Sorry Jubal, you've missed a few things.

    Nota Bene: Derek said "chain yourselves to the Pentagon"...NOT the White House from which NOTHING will happen unless the Commander-in-Chief...the BOSS of the Pentagonettes...MAKES it happen!

    As for his "protesting in the streets," you're probably unaware that he invested a lot of energy when he was on the steering committee of the National Equality March last October to steering criticism AWAY from Obama to Congress.

    EVERY group but the Obambots will tell you the FIRST focus is on the President. The fish rots from the top down and saying it stinks that over 700 gays have been discharged since he took office, that his DOJ has attacked those who've tried to overturn DADT in the courts, and he has pretended he doesn't have legal authority to freeze discharges NOW when he DOES is an understatement.

    When Derek starts saying, "Chain yourself to, protest in front of, the White House, THEN I'll believe his primary goal is LGBT equality and not defending the leader of his cult.

    Until then, pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain still, if you read between the lines, saying: "Leave Britney er Barack alone!"

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 2:11:57 PM


  20. I think a lot of people are confused to how DADT can actually be repealed. It's actually a law passed by Congress that the President cannot override with a simple executive inverse (though the inverse is true). So please, instead of bashing the President for taking immediate action, realize he requires an actual congressman to back a bill that will repeal it.

    His STOU address was really on-point regarding the problem with Washington politics - it's politics.

    On that note, worry more about the Congressman worried about being re-elected, because a lot of people may favor DADT repeal, but that doesn't translate them to care enough to go out and vote for someone favoring it. In fact, it seems as if the people who disfavor a particular viewpoint are the ones that go to the booths. It's hard to fight apathy about policies that don't "concern" the majority of Americans at a superficial level that few dare to delve into.

    Posted by: A Commentor | Jan 28, 2010 2:14:45 PM


  21. Oh, and that was supposed to be a Commentator :). Ah well, spell check fail on my part.

    Posted by: A Commentor | Jan 28, 2010 2:16:00 PM


  22. Queer Rising

    Queer Rising, along with other gay rights activist groups, will be hosting a civil disobedience training. The training will be conducted by: Ann Northrop and Brian Zabcik, veterans of Act Up.

    This training is designed to answer questions regarding CD, run through a mock action, prepare participants for civil disobedien...

    http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=246156437582

    Posted by: Jubal H | Jan 28, 2010 2:16:13 PM


  23. What ARE you smoking, Obamaniac er Jason??????

    How can a "stop-loss" of those ALREADY IN the military be a "back door DRAFT"?

    How can "stop-loss" apply to someone ALREADY discharged ["convince the family of a recently discharged soldier that he has to go back"]??? He's already "lost."

    Show me WHERE it says gays "are ineligible for the stop loss program"!

    It's one thing to disagree about strategy. It's another thing to pull nonsense out of your ass, Moronia!

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 2:18:29 PM


  24. RE: Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 2:18:29 PM

    "Sorry Jubal, you've missed a few things."

    I didn't say that I said with EVERYTHING he said, but I do agree that there needs to be more direct action and militancy on the part of our community instead of just bitching about it on the blogs. Just hammering away on a keyboard is not going to get us anywhere. We need to become a force to be reckoned with and that requires action not just words.

    Posted by: Jubal H | Jan 28, 2010 2:28:17 PM


  25. "We need to become a force to be reckoned with and that requires action not just words."

    And, THAT, Jubal, I totally agree with, and have been saying myself for a long time...and doing, as I did in Washington in October, side-by-side with Dan Choi and other victims of DADT.

    http://www.leonardmatlovich.com/oct10thdcmemorial.html

    Out of the blogs and into the streets!

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 28, 2010 2:38:53 PM


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