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George W. Bush Shares His Paintings with Hillary Clinton on Air Force One: PHOTO


On the way back from the Mandela memorial, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder,  National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett were treated to an iPad showing of George W. Bush's paintings.

(White House photo - Pete Souza)

Glenn Beck: Michelle Obama's Heckling Reaction Shows She's a 'Monster, Lady Macbeth' — VIDEO


Glenn Beck phones in from Planet Tea Party to attack Michelle Obama after she responded aggressively toward GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz earlier this week after being heckled at a fundraiser, Right Wing Watch reports.

Claims Beck:

"This woman's a monster. She is Lady Macbeth. She is a frightening woman. I’ll tell you something, I really truly believe, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Mrs. Eric Holder, that’s where the information is going, the wives are talking."


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White House: 'Obama Believes Hagel's Statement of Apology' on Gay Rights - VIDEO


White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on the White House blog:

Recently, some in the LGBT community have expressed concerns about Senator Hagel's past comments. In response, Senator Hagel issued a statement in which he apologized for comments that he made in the 1990s, and affirmed both his commitment to LGBT civil rights as well as his support for open service and the families of gay and lesbian service members.

One of the great successes of the LGBT civil rights movement is that it provides the space and opportunity for people to change their hearts and minds, to right past wrongs, and, over time, to evolve. The President believes Senator Hagel's statement of apology, and his commitment to ensuring that all service members and their families are treated equally. The President would not have chosen him unless he had every confidence that, working together, they will continue to ensure that our military and DoD civilian workforce are as welcoming, inclusive, and respectful as possible.

Watch the Hagel nomination ceremony, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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."

Watch: Dan Choi Rips Valerie Jarrett, White House Over DADT


Dan Choi rips Valerie Jarrett and President Obama. Jarrett sticks to the White House talking points, claiming that the President has said the law is unconstitutional, which he hasn't.


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Watch: Valerie Jarrett Says Many Who Oppose DOJ Appealing 'DADT' Injunction Don't Understand the Process

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett this morning defended the Department of Justice appeal of the injunciton placed on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the Wonk Room reports.

Jarrett Said Jarrett to American Morning: "You know what, the Justice Department is required to defend the law of the land. Believe me, we wish there were another way because the President has been so clear. And I think there are many members of the gay community who actually understand this and who are work with us to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal it. It’s clear at that vast majority of American people think that it should not be the law. And we are determined to have Congress revoke it. But we have to go through that orderly process."

In related news, an AP article posted this morning attempts to explain why White House lawyers are fighting to keep the policy in place even though Obama says he wants it repealed:

The tradition flows directly from the president's constitutional duty to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, says Paul Clement, who served four years in President George W. Bush's administration as solicitor general, the executive branch's top lawyer at the Supreme Court.

Otherwise, Clement says, the nation would be subjected to "the spectacle of the executive branch defending only laws it likes, with Congress intervening to defend others."

Another AP article revives many of the ugly conservative talking points on the issue:

"Will straight and gay troops have to shower next to one another?...If the military lifts the ban suddenly, would there be attacks on gays? Would religious parents, coaches and teachers who oppose gay rights persuade young recruits not to enlist? If a platoon member says he is gay, would his comrades still support him, or would there be infighting? Conway, the Marine Corps commandant, claims, by his own informal survey of the force, some 90 to 95 percent oppose letting gays serve openly. 'We recruit a certain type of young American, pretty macho guy or gal, that is willing to go fight and perhaps die for their country,' he said."

Watch Jarrett defend the DOJ and Obama, AFTER THE JUMP...

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