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Watch: Robert Gibbs Says President Will Be 'Actively Involved' in Senate Passage of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal


The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld hounded a statement out of Robert Gibbs yesterday that Obama will be "actively involved" in Senate passage of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal when it comes up again, which will likely be in the lame duck session starting in November.


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  1. Oh for fuck's sake. HOW? HOW will he be actively involved? You all know as well as I do that if he really intended to throw the weight of the Presidency behind this effort, he and his staff would have already devised a detailed plan.

    Jesus H. Christ. Do we have to wait until we have 100% consensus among all Americans, all judges, all senators, and all congressional representatives, as well as blessings from the Pope, the United Nations, the League of Women Voters, the Acoustical Society of America, the board of directors for NASCAR, the African National Congress, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the collected representatives of the United Federation of Planets before we are able to repeal this ridiculous law?

    What a bunch of pussies.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 15, 2010 10:11:35 AM

  2. He'll be actively involved by allowing one of our fashion designers give his wife clothing. See, he supports us!

    Posted by: taodon | Oct 15, 2010 10:19:48 AM

  3. If he'd been a little more involved on the day the Senate voted against the Defense Bill, instead of calling to congratulate basketball teams, this issue would probably be resolved by now.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 15, 2010 10:20:14 AM

  4. Actively involved in the repeal of DADT?

    My ass!

    Fuck you Obama.

    How do possibly hope to repeal DADT when both Houses will be a lot more hostile to its repeal than they have been for the last 2 years.

    Not another penny to Obama and the Democrats.

    Find another party to vote for- the Greens is who I favour.

    Supporting the 'lesser' of 2 evils, no longer works for me!

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Oct 15, 2010 10:20:49 AM

  5. Barack Obama is a coward, a bigot, and a liar. And his goon Gibbs is a smug asshole.

    Posted by: gaylib | Oct 15, 2010 10:21:29 AM

  6. Martin, I wonder if you're right. I've always agreed with the Greens. Perhaps a couple of big losses for the Dems will result in more consideration for a Dem-Green coalition government someday. I've always thought that we needed four parties... right, center right, center left, and left. This right and center-right choice is simply not enough.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 15, 2010 10:27:14 AM

  7. Gibbs isn't terribly careful about his words. I was listening for the words "actively involved" throughout this clip. He finally said "involved" -- and then at the end he got testy, saying "I've said he'll be very actively involved" -- Robbie, you didn't say he'd be "actively" involved, let alone "very actively" involved. So don't f#cking say that you did.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Oct 15, 2010 10:28:03 AM

  8. I'm tired of the hatefulness of the right and the whining of the left. BLECH.

    Posted by: Brent Z | Oct 15, 2010 10:31:32 AM

  9. So, Martin Murray when the Tea Party Republicans take over both House and Senate what will you do then? You think it is bad now, you haven't seen anything yet. So stop sitting there complaining and take an action that helps our cause or else you are part of the problem!

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 15, 2010 10:32:31 AM

  10. Sadly, it may take a Tea Party government to make the Democrats wake up and stop pandering to the right.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 15, 2010 10:38:25 AM

  11. I agree with the Milkman.

    Posted by: Windy | Oct 15, 2010 11:04:59 AM

  12. First pass the post (FPTP) plus bipartisan gerrymandering = No Greens in Congress, ever.

    Our electoral system is rigged to produce 45-55% Republicans and 45-55% Democrats. It might go down or up slightly in a wave year. But the variations are actually minor because anything above 55% usually means Blue Dogs or RINOs - who may not obey their party leadership - are winning in districts that "belong" to the other side. It works exactly the same way at the state level too. The two party is deeply entrenched in American politics.

    Posted by: John | Oct 15, 2010 11:05:22 AM

  13. "So, Martin Murray when the Tea Party Republicans take over both House and Senate what will you do then? You think it is bad now, you haven't seen anything yet."

    Oh we were all warned that the sky was going to fall in when the crazed fundamentalist Geogr W Bush was made president. While there was no progress on LGBT rights, there were no setbacks either.

    Then when so-called 'fierce advocate' Barack Obama was elected, and guess what. Nothing has changed.

    Nothing ever changes in American politics.

    Quite frankly I've given up hope on the Democrats. I simply refuse to keep voting for a party that does NOTHING about my rights.

    The Tea-Party are meant to be super-scary. They are not. They's morph into regular Republicans if they gain power.

    I will not allow the Tea Party bogeymen to convince me to vote Democrat.

    Instead i choose from now on not to engage in bargaining. I am only going to vote for a party that FULLY supports my rughts.

    Posted by: Martin Murray | Oct 15, 2010 11:05:36 AM

  14. "we were all warned that the sky was going to fall in when the crazed fundamentalist Geogr W Bush was made president. While there was no progress on LGBT rights, there were no setbacks either."

    No setbacks? How many ballot initiatives banned gay marriage in '04 again?

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 15, 2010 12:29:32 PM

  15. PUT THE DOD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: ila lwara | Oct 15, 2010 12:32:29 PM

  16. Bridge - Brooklyn - For Sale.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 15, 2010 12:40:14 PM

  17. All the whiners on this board threatening to split the vote just to teach them Dems a lesson show why the religious right outmanoeuvres us every time.

    The economy was totally melting down. The GOP was out to get O from the start.

    What the hell do you need to see? O and Biden French kissing on national TV to understand they basically support our causes? They have to move slowly in this toxic political and economic environment.

    Go split the vote but get your pink triangles ready. You think progress is slow now, just wait! You're just being manipulated by the GOP, who have their propagandists out in force to siphon the LGBT vote away from the Dems. Tools of the rabidly anti-gay GOP, that's what you are if you split the vote.

    Posted by: candide | Oct 15, 2010 12:45:04 PM

  18. How can we even concentrate on this when we have the hottie sitting in front of her?!?! Seriously, all the issues fall away. Let's focus on what's important.

    Posted by: uh rly? | Oct 15, 2010 12:54:45 PM

  19. I think Obama should sit in the stall next to the Republicans and wait for the foot to come over and tap his. Then he could blackmail them for their vote.

    Actively involved? Why wasn't he "actively involved?" last month.

    Yes, I know, he's got a lot on his plate...but guess what, that's why he was hired for the job, to multi-task. If he can't, he shouldn't be President.

    But even worse that Obama has been the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate. Inept maximus. Harry Reid is lucky he doesn't have a sane candidate to run against...Sharron Angle was his only hope for staying in office. And the fact they are only a few percentage points apart tells you that people in Nevada would rather for someone who is a half-step away from being diagnosed as having methane gas between her ears than him.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 15, 2010 1:01:11 PM

  20. I love the hypocritical contradictory world this administration creates. "We will be actively involved" in repealing DADT...

    ...meanwhile we are actively involved in defending the constitutionality of the stature.

    ...meanwhile we are refusing to abide by a court decision ordering the Pentagon immediately cease enforcing DADT.

    Posted by: Joe L | Oct 15, 2010 1:02:07 PM

  21. More importantly, who is the hottie sitting in front of Eleveld in the screen capture? Yum.

    Posted by: wants to know | Oct 15, 2010 1:06:12 PM

  22. Kerry Eleveld is a great reporter. On the weekend shows, they will most likely discuss Don't Ask Don't Tell ruling, but they'll do it without her. And that's a huge mistake.

    Posted by: Shawn | Oct 15, 2010 1:06:54 PM

  23. Kerry Eleveld is a hero for pressing Gibbs and keeping this issue at the forefront.

    Posted by: RichardR | Oct 15, 2010 1:10:51 PM

  24. The month leading up to the midterms and gay comment boards sound like Fox news. You're being played for suckers by the GOP. Punish the the slow-moving ally to help elect the aggressive oppressor. Now there's some self-destructive logic for you. Sounds like a lot of you have taken the bait. Good luck with that!

    Posted by: candide | Oct 15, 2010 1:18:59 PM

  25. Can anyone explain *why* Obama feels he must go through Congress rather than the courts to make DADT go away? Is one somehow more orange than the other? What's his reasoning? And I mean other than ultimately not repealing DADT at all.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 15, 2010 2:24:06 PM

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