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Obama Stops in to Meeting with Gay Leaders on DADT

President Obama stopped by a meeting held today at the White House with representatives of the Center for American Progress, the Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the University of California Santa Barbara's Palm Center, Stonewall Democrats and the Log Cabin Republicans, the Washington Post reports:

Obama "The president stopped by the meeting 'to directly convey to the participants his personal commitment on this issue,' a senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity."

There was discussion of DADT elsewhere Tuesday at the White House as well:

The WaPo adds:

White House senior adviser David Axelrod defended the administration's decision to appeal the case during an online video chat Tuesday. 'It is the custom of the U.S. government to appeal laws of Congress that were challenged in lower courts,' Axelrod said during the chat, arranged by the White House. 'It should be by no means read as an abandonment of a commitment, and we intend to keep it.'"

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also addressed the issue at today's press briefing, reaffirming the President's desire to see the Senate vote on the measure.

When asked if Obama had reached out to individual Senators in order to change "no" votes to "yes", Gibbs replied:

"To my knowledge, it hasn’t taken place yet.  But, look, the only way we’re going to get something through the Senate is to change the vote count and to move past -- look, you got to get -- you’re going to have to get past a promised filibuster and -- in moving to the bill.  And certainly the only way we can move to that bill is to change some of those votes."

Gibbs also declined to say whether the President would issue a stop-loss order should the legislation fail to pass:

"I think that -- look, you’ve seen steps that have been taken over the past several days at the Pentagon involving service secretaries.  You have for -- you have a sitting chair of the Joint Chiefs that believes it’s time for this law to end; the President working closely with the Secretary to make that happen. And our efforts in the short term will be focused on the durable repeal of a law that the President thinks is unjust, and that’s where our focus will be."

Press briefing clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The republicans aren't an alternative (they are no option...the party of sharron angle and louie gomert...gone)...but the democrats aren't an option. It's time for a third party vote. Breaking is hard to do...but not that hard in this case, when the only way that they really care is when they need you to vote or donate.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 27, 2010 2:28:53 AM


  2. Blah, Blah, Blah...I am so tired of all these empty words coming from the President. Besides, it's too little, too late. I was a huge supporter of Mr. Obama when he ran for President. Though he still is better than what we would have had if McCain-Palin had won, it's time for him to hit the road if he can't do the job that he said that he would do. If he at least was actually trying, I would cut him some slack. However, his actions now are so transparent, and insulting to the majority of the GLBT community that knows he is just trying to play us for fools.

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 27, 2010 4:04:13 AM


  3. seems incomprehensible that the two most powerful men in the world (obama and the joint chiefs chair) can't get this done.

    truly doesn't seem that there's been any real demonstration of commitment to doing so

    Posted by: r | Oct 27, 2010 4:15:04 AM


  4. DAVID R. I think you are a very sweet person and with all due respect (HONESTLY), challenge you to stop thinking of politics from the "PAST".

    It is no longer about D are better than R just because. Our political parties have to DELIVER. And when we have our own Democrat party who caters to us and simply LIES to us to get our money, time and votes, but when they get elected they IGNORE us, INSULT us, and BETRAY US ... it's time to wake up like Rihanna.

    Remember Rihanna was physically abused by her bf Chris Brown? After the fact she was still with her "but I love him!" ... eventually she opened her eyes.

    We all have to open our eyes and see that TODAY in 2010 there is no longer the politics of the past.

    There are the US and the THEM (the Ds and Rs and the rest of the DC clowns who have taken over our government) ... and we need to remind them that it is of

    WE THE PEOPLE

    and the Ds and Rs who have are turning our country into an OLIGARCHY are wrong, plain and simple.

    I leave you with this:
    "The days for voting for a Democrat who has betrayed you ... are OVAH!"

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 27, 2010 4:17:15 AM


  5. ROSS and the DNC, Obama administration, Blue DOG club, DLC, DSCC, and other "loser" groups . . .thanks for the LAUGHS!

    "Any gay person in the United States that votes against this president or the Democratic party for that matter is ultimately voting against his or her own interest."

    OH COME ONE!
    You're going to make me PEE in my pants. You are SO DELUSIONAL it's not even funny!

    Voting against my OWN interests?
    Stop it! I am gonna pee again with your LIES!

    Thanks for the laughs!

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 27, 2010 4:31:39 AM


  6. So I leave everyone with this:
    What has OBAMA done for you lately?

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 27, 2010 4:32:56 AM


  7. My apologies NINONG and yes I'm old enough to vote.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 27, 2010 4:42:05 AM


  8. your choice is between 'no progress' and 'no constitutional rights'. you choose.

    Posted by: please vote | Oct 27, 2010 4:58:06 AM


  9. I am incredibly to witness the death of American democracy.

    I won't be voting.

    What's the point. The only oprions are the Right (Democrats) and the Far-Right (Republicans) who are so locked into what their corporate sponsors tell them that they ignore the electorate.

    The hilariously primitive electoral system we have in the US means that this cannot change.

    Don't bother voting.

    It merely gives credibility to a failed political system.

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Oct 27, 2010 5:05:51 AM


  10. American democracy dies only when you don't vote.

    Posted by: please vote | Oct 27, 2010 5:14:56 AM


  11. "American democracy dies only when you don't vote."

    Wrong.

    American democracy died when it became irrelevant who you voted for as both parties are indistinguishable. And the fact that the electoral system is designed to ensure that nothing will ever change, I think it's fair to remove our hats to honour the death of American democracy.

    Oh the US goes through the motions and gives a reasonable facsimilie of a democracy, but really - it's a fraud.

    DADT will only be reprealed when the corporations who control out country decide it will happen.

    That puppet Obama or the puppets in the Dems or Reps have no control over it.

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Oct 27, 2010 5:34:26 AM


  12. one party will give you lip service. the other will make you a criminal.

    Posted by: please vote | Oct 27, 2010 5:41:56 AM


  13. Obama is a one term president and the dems will lose the senate. It's no one's fault but theirs. They both had their chance to fulfill all the promises made during the election and as usual they were all lies. Yes obama has done some good for GLBT people but too little too late. He's trying to put out a fire that has grown from a camp fire to a entire forest.
    It wont work. You and the dems have lost our support. I will vote democrat not because i think they will do anything positive but because they are the lesser of two evils. I've had it with all of these jerks

    Posted by: william | Oct 27, 2010 7:16:56 AM


  14. Obama needs to be kicked out of office. We in the GLBT community have the power to help it along. If we maintain our rage into 2012, we can do it.

    Never have I been so enraged by a patent fraud as this poor excuse for a President.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 27, 2010 7:57:05 AM


  15. There is not going to be a repeal of DADT. Obama has contributed to the very circumstances which will ensure that it isn't repealed. For instance, he gave the green light to this bogus survey by the military, the results of which will be released in December. It isn't a scientific survey based on a random sample, and will thus be loaded with negative responses. Just wait and see.

    Obama has trashed the Democratic Party brand and destroyed the relationship we had with it.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 27, 2010 8:07:16 AM


  16. @Jason, the Dem brand wasn't all that before Obama. Remember eight years of Bush Jr. when Dems rolled over and played Republican and gave Bush almost everything he wanted?

    But you are right that Obama hasn't helped any. But perhaps he has done the GLBT community a favor by making us finally realize that the Dems are no friend of the gay community. They love our money and our votes, but they work hard to keep us as second class citizens.

    Posted by: Bucky | Oct 27, 2010 8:36:52 AM


  17. "You whiny assholes are just like toddlers that want what they want now regardless of the consequences."

    I sat in a military jail cell for three months in 1990 because commanders back then could pretty much do what they wanted to gay soldiers - sorry you think that's "whining," but yeah, I'd like things like that to never happen again - and if you think they're still NOT, you're a fool.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Oct 27, 2010 8:41:10 AM


  18. To Ross: I notice you put up your incoherent post at 1:26 a.m. Here's a suggestion: don't drink and type.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 27, 2010 9:14:25 AM


  19. I'm certainly with you, ROSS. Best comment that I've ever seen and so very true. This is certainly no time to give up on the Democrats. We've seen alot of progress over the past two years and should NOT even want to consider going backwards with a return of the republicans. For all you whiners out there....grown up, grow some balls and fight for this cause that's so important to not only you but for all of us.We just can't expect everything to handed to us on a silver platter.

    Posted by: Gerry | Oct 27, 2010 9:28:40 AM


  20. "....grown up, grow some balls and fight for this cause that's so important to not only you but for all of us"

    Indeed - join GetEqual and other direct action groups and engage in civil disobedience and civil unrest.

    Do NOT rely on politics as that is a waste of time.

    Understand that the HRC and the Stonewall Democrats are utterly worthless.

    Understand that the Democrats are indifferent at best and downright homophobic at worst.

    understand that campaigning for, contributing money to or voting for the Democrats or Republicans will achieve NOTHING.

    The African American Civil Rights movement required a lot of of protest.

    The LGBT community can no longer rely on the pathetic liars of the Democrat Party. Direct action is required.

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Oct 27, 2010 10:05:23 AM


  21. Obama Scorecard:
    -Universal Health Care.....FAILED
    -DOMA......FAILED
    -End to Off Shore drilling.....FAILED
    -DADT.....FAILED
    -GLBT Equality.......FAILED

    Looks like I gave money and support to real FAILURE!

    I'm sorry Hillary. Please run in 2012. I won't make the same mistake twice.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 27, 2010 10:07:52 AM


  22. @Ross: Perhaps we just took him at his word that he was a "fierce advocate." Silly whiny us. Defend him if you wish...but don't expect everyone to be pleased with his lack of progress.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 27, 2010 1:23:50 PM


  23. Authorization to repeal DADT passed the House with 85% of Dems and 3% (pardon me, 2.7%) of Republicans. The cloture vote in the Senate had 96% of Dem support and ZERO GOP support.

    Go ahead, vote for the party that gave you ZERO.

    I swear, THIS IS WHAT POLITICS IS LIKE. You don't like it? Move to a country with a monarchy.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 27, 2010 3:55:17 PM


  24. Or vote for Ralph Nader and bring back the Bush 2 years.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 27, 2010 10:18:40 PM


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