Gibbs: President Obama to Sign ‘DADT’ Repeal on Wednesday

USA Today reports:

Obama While the schedule is still being finalized, Gibbs also said he expects a formal White House signing ceremony on Wednesday morning to sign the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal.

"I think there are a lot of people who are interested in attending," Gibbs said. 

In the meantime, Gibbs said, White House and Pentagon lawyers are working on "implementation and legal issues" associated with lifting the ban on gays in the military.

As the Senate voted Saturday to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Obama praised members for "ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend."


  1. psgoodguy says

    i hope dan choi and all the other highly visible and hard working discharged solders and seamen are invited to the ceremony. yes, i said seamen. ‘-)

  2. Mike C. says

    Really, you think Dan Choi, who illegally handcuffed himself to Obama’s, his Commander-in-Chief’s-HOUSE, would actually ever be invited IN the White House? DADT was repealed, Obama got it repealed legislatively like he said he would. We did not actually need the distraction of Dan Choi. I honestly don’t think they did anything to help. I’m just glad we were still able to pass repeal in spite of the hysterics displayed by the likes of Choi, which made the whole effort look bad

  3. Allen says

    I think the courageous, but just defeated, Congressman Patrick Murphy (PA) deserves one of the signing pens.

  4. major707 says

    Mike, if it had not been for those like Lt. Dan Choi who kept the public spotlight on the ineffective leadership of our “fierce advocate” then you haven’t been paying attention or you drank too much of the Democratic Kool-aide!
    If this was how our “fierce advocate” fights for our rights we might as well ride out the rest of his term in the closet begging for any scraps of equality he might throw at us.
    And btw this bill is hardly a true repeal of DADT. It just gives the military the helm of this ship to drive it into the ground. If we don’t keep attention and focus on repeal, this will just slowly fade away without ever seeing the light of day. I spent 20+ years in the military and I know how that works.
    Obama’s DADT proposal is just as watered down and lame as his health care reform, wall street reform, tax cuts for the wealthly…..and on and on!

  5. says

    Ah, Mike C., still posting with your head up Obama’s ass, I see. Since it’s hard to see up there, permit me to inform you that no less than CONGRESSMAN Luis Gutierrez was also ARRESTED for protesting in front of the White House last May with dozens of others about immigration reform, yet OBAMA HIMSELF met with Guiterrez INSIDE the White House in November about that and the Dream Act specifically. WHEN in November, the DAY AFTER Dan, and others, including myself, were arrested in front of the White House again re his failure to keep his promise to personally and publicly lead the fight to end the ban.

    So, if your boyfriend has ANY class at all, he’ll invite Dan exactly as he would have fellow protesting LAWBREAKER Gutierrez had the Dream Act passed.

  6. Jollysocks says

    God, it still feels so good to be seeing headlines like this. The cynical bitches will still be cynical (as I usually am), but every time I think of what happened on Saturday I just get this huge grin over my face.

  7. Jay says

    Dan Choi was irrelevant to this process. I also agree that his hysterical antics were more of a distraction than anything substantive. To each his own though, and I wish him well. It will be interesting to see if he is invited to the White House on Wednesday.

    Since DADT originated in the legislature, Obama promised repeal through the legislature…not the courts or through a (reversible) executive order. Funny how this approach infuriated so many who post on this board, but the irony is that this approach is much more lasting and incontestable. Congrats to all of the serious-minded LGBT groups and supporters, legislators and to President Obama himself for getting this abomination repealed the right way.

  8. Kayla says

    Wow, this is what years of discrimination and oppression will do to people! Here is something to celebrate and all these queers can do is fight amongst themselves!! Please don’t end up the equivalent of the angry black man. Seriously, it would be tragic!! Sometimes a little unfettered happiness is a good thing, even if it’s just for a day!

  9. secure214 says

    Maybe the President can sign with rainbow-colored pens. :)


    BIG THANKS to President Obama for helping get this through, and for signing it.

    It would not have happened under President McCain. Remember that in 2012 when the choice will be Palin, or Romney, or Gingrich, or some other bigot.

  10. MIKE C. says

    Hey, Tank, you outspoken, unkempt, creepy Internet troll dude: you can just kiss my firm, muscular, lily-white rear end! So who’s p’wning who now, you anti-Obama, vulgar, sloppily-dressed Vicodin-addled bitches? Bwa ha ha ha!

  11. says

    Mike C:

    The White House is not “Obama’s, his Commander-in-Chief’s-HOUSE” it belongs to the people. President Obama is just the current occupant.

    Like him of not, Dan Choi is the face of service members discharged under DADT. He should be invited.

  12. FunMe says

    Mike, Jay and Tyler …you go right ahead with your negative and JEALOUS comments.

    Those of us who truly care about giving credit to people who are helping all GLBTs are celebrating.

    Oh, and to make you even more jealous: “Lt. Dan Choi, GetEQUAL Activist Robin McGehee Invited to White House for ‘DADT’ Repeal Signing”