White House: We Oppose Any Effort to Strip ‘DADT’ from Defense Bill

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer released a statement Monday night presumably reacting to concerns over a report in the Wall Street Journal that Senate leaders were cutting a deal that would remove the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal amendment from the Defense Dept. Authorization Bill.

Pfeiffer (via Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner): Whitehouse

"The White House opposes any effort to strip 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' from the National Defense Authorization Act."

Geidner adds:

"On Monday, Fred Sainz, HRC's communications vice president, called the reports 'interesting background noise,' but added, 'At this point, this is nothing more than a rumor that has always been a possibility.'…(adding) 'As you would expect, Republicans like McCain are going to be shopping around any option that strips 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal from the underlying bill.'"


  1. justiceontherocks says

    Yak yak yak. You know the WH and HRC are lying when their lips are moving.

    Every time the reassure us about anything having to do with civil rights only one thing is certain: we’re about to get fucked.

  2. major707 says

    Yeah, right! Democrats and the White House have not stood up for us yet, why should we believe they will now. And, HRC is drunk on party cocktails.

    Fool me once, shame on you, continue to fool me for 20+ years, then shame on me for continuing to vote for them. I will not cast another Democratic vote until their actions speak louder than their “hollow” words.

  3. Adam says

    Great! I can’t wait until Obama vetoes the Defense Authorization that doesn’t have repeal language in it. Oh wait…

  4. jomicur says

    We’re dead. When the Obama gang promises they’re going to do something, they inevitably end up doing the exact opposite. We’ve seen example after example of that for the last two years. “I will not sign a health care bill that doesn’t include a public option.” “I am a fierce advocate for gay rights.” And on and on and on. I hope for Obama’s sake that God really ISN’T in the mix, because if he is, Barry will roast in the lowest circle of hell for six eternities.

  5. ravewulf says

    And still no word of a back up plan from them. Even though we already know what the only remaining option is, it pisses me off that they refuse to see any option other than through Congress.

  6. Jubal Harshaw says

    Fuck you!

    “We Oppose Any Effort”

    And there’s your out boys and girls. They oppose it but will do it any way. It’s “for the good of the country”.

  7. Bob R says

    Yeah, like I believe anything Obama or any of his lying sacks of shit in the White House have to say any more. Bullshit Barry and the boys have no balls and they certainly have no guts.

  8. niles says

    Woooh. Strong words from the White House. They oppose. That’ll scare em. Please, just shut the fuck up forever about this. And I suggest Dumbo and his tacky wife take as many vacations as possible in the time they have left.

  9. jacksmith says


    As you all know. Had congress passed a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will.

    The message from these midterm elections is clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!


    For profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.



    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress you could pass a robust government-run public option now during your lame duck session. You know what the American people want. You already have several bills on record. And the house has already passed a public option. Departing members could leave with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you would solidify your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make this midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

  10. bobbyjoe says

    The Obama administration opposes this attempt to strip DADT from the bill with the same force and perseverance with which the Washington Generals oppose the Harlem Globetrotters.

  11. Husky says

    More talk from the back-stabber-in-chief and his minions. Unfortunately, the only options I had on the ballot this year were to vote Dem on several lines, Repug on several lines, or vote for the hooker. The two party, privately financed system HAS TO GO! The “personhood” of corporations HAS TO GO! The K-Street lobbyists HAVE TO GO! Only then will we get real progress, real legislation, real justice.

  12. mad1026 says

    Mr Obama, I voted for you. You work for me. I demand that you sign an executive order repealing DADT NOW! Enough time has been wasted on infighting between the two parties. End DADT immediately!

  13. TANK says

    I can’t believe that Obama would mislead me on this of all issues and be so ham handed in his abortive attempts to assist repeal of DADT! Oh supreeze! They’re already starting the dance for the pink dollar and vote, and in reality…there are a lot of stupid lgbt’ers out there…no more nor less intelligent than the general pop…more slobs to get a chainsaw dirty on, for some random zombie movie reference.

  14. TANK says

    you fucking party shill hack, brian. Watching msnbc frantically trying to justify your choices.

  15. Continuum says

    Obama has demonstrated that his words have the value of a wet noodle.

    I voted for this man in hopes of a strong leader. Instead I got a man who compromises anything and everything to the rightwing facists, from health care to financial reform to gay rights.

    Don’t count on him to do anything.

    Heaven help us, but the LCR and ACLU have done more for LGBT equality than Obama, Reid and our own Human Rights Campaign.

  16. says

    Obama promised Fierce Advocacy, not Fierce Action, and certainly not Fierce Results. That lukewarm little statement demonstrates that we can’t even expect the Fierce part anymore.

    Fuck Obama.

  17. grego says

    op·pose   /əˈpoʊz/
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to act against or provide resistance to;
    2. to stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct
    3. to set as an opponent or adversary.
    4. to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion: to oppose a resolution in a debate
    5. to set as an obstacle or hindrance.

  18. says

    And when it does get removed Obama will claim he did everything he could do to end DADT.

    Bottom line – Obama lied to all of us. With the stroke of a pen he could have (and can still) remove DADT. He won’t do it – but remember he still wants your (gay) vote.

    FU Obama.