White House Holding Meeting on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Today?

The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld gets wind of a White House meeting on DADT set to take place today:

Whitehouse "'The White House is meeting with several interested parties to discuss the legislative repeal of ‘don't ask, don't tell.’ The meeting will concern the work that remains to be done to ensure Congressional action on this issue this year,' said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The official declined to name any participants of the meeting, but sources tell The Advocate that senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina are expected to be present."

Eleveld says the meeting will concern legislative repeal during the lame duck session of Congress.

Lez Get Real has a few more details: "The White House is meeting with a variety of groups which have a stake in its repeal including Servicemembers United, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe."


  1. jason says

    Obama has obviously hit the panic button on this. He can see that we are unrelenting in our criticism of him. He’s starting to shiver and shake. Well, I think we should tell him to take a hike. Don’t let him pull the wool over our eyes yet again. Valerie Jarrett is a hideous woman who needs to be told where to go as well.

    Never ever let yourselves be fooled by the “all talk, no action” Democrats. The more we let them fool us, the more they’ll fool us. There will be no legislative repeal of DADT during Congress’s lame duck session partly because the bogus military survey will be biased against us, and no Democrat will want to be see to be disagreeing with the military.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  2. nick says

    perhaps it is a meeting to decide what to serve to the trained seals of the HRC the next time they come-a-callin’ at a trendy,
    upscale cocktail party.

  3. James says

    Just another photo opportunity !!! Wonder if any Blacktie Queer organizations, like HRC, will be joining the ‘discussion?’ All talk, no action, if you ask me. Photos make good press.

  4. Martin Murray says

    Further ‘discussions’ eh?

    Well enjoy these little discussions Obama. Until DADT and DOMA are repealed I don’t give a shit how many discussions you have – I will simply not be voting for you or your party.

    Voting for the ‘lesser’ of 2 evils no longer works for me.

  5. Blake says

    I don’t buy it. A week before the mid-term election and suddenly an anonymous source claims the White House is motivated on DADT? BS.

  6. says

    Talk talk talk. I’ll believe it when I see it. But Obama’s right to schedule a meeting about this. Should’ve been done a year and a half ago. And remember… we’re talking about DADT here… a law that affects a very small minority of GLBT people even though it’s admittedly a huge symbolic issue. When they start having high level come-to-Jesus meetings about ENDA and DOMA and immigration reform, THEN we’ll talk.

    And by the way, I think it’s important to consider each candidate individually rather than to hold every Democratic candidate liable for the sluggish civil rights efforts at the Obama White House. My Senate candidate, Russ Feingold, deserves to return to Washington… and in the Wisconsin governor’s race, the Democrat is clearly the best choice. Don’t lump all Democrats in together… consider them individually.

  7. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Milkman, the problem with “…they’re all bums, throw them out except mine” is that if everyone does it then all incumbents win, again and again.

  8. says

    The problem with the “throw the bums out” strategy is that it’s stupid. Particularly when many of the new bums are clueless teabagging crazies. I’ll take my Democratic incumbents who support my issues and have expertise and seniority, thanks. Milkman is right: unless you’re evaluating your candidates individually–instead of voting to exercise some useless wrath against Obama–you’re voting exactly as the Sarah Palins of the world want you to: short-sightedly.

    As for DADT, their window of opportunity is closing, and, like everyone else, I’ll believe repeal when I see it. Make sure your senators are on board and demand that they get it done during the lame duck session.

  9. says

    The White House can’t really be that stupid, can they? There will be no legislative appeal now or anytime in the near future, as long as there is the filibuster rule in the senate requiring at least 60 votes to break the filibuster. I’m guessing, after the elections, we’ll have more Rethugs in the sentate, not less. Want to repeal the law, let the damn court rulings stand and quit appealing! And am I the only one who cares very little about DADT? It’s the no action on DOMA that REALLY pisses me off.

  10. patrick nyc says

    I wonder if those coming are told to bring their own knee pads or is the White House giving them special ones, the the seal on them?

    This meeting is because they are scared with all the attention we are getting, the AP story about the gay vote was all over the web and cable yesterday.

    If nothing comes from this meeting it will only hurt Obama more.

  11. says

    OMG, a meeting. OMG OMG OMG, maybe this will turn into a committee to evaluate something. Joe Solomenese must be soooo validated now.

  12. RichardR says

    O thank heavens, Jarrett and Messina will be there. That’ll fix everything. Maybe they can clarify whether “clusterf**k” is two words or takes a hyphen between the r and the f.

    Please VOTE, everyone. Lots more at stake in addition to GLBT issues. Retaining control of house & senate is critical. Defeating wingnuts is critical. Turnout is critical, and not just in ballet. Wussing out is wimping out. Please vote.