the advocate

Advocate: …. President Obama also said that he is “incredibly proud” of following through on repealing the 1993 law and recalled a pledge he made to a service member while working a rope line in Afghanistan just a few weeks ago.

“A young woman in uniform was shaking my hand—it was a big crowd—she hugged me and she whispered in my ear, ‘Get ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ done.’ And I said to her, ‘I promise you I will.’”

On the question of marriage equality, the president said his “attitudes are evolving.”

“Like a lot of people, I’m wrestling with this,” he said. “I’ve wrestled with the fact that marriage traditionally has had a different connotation. But I also have a lot of very close friends who are married gay or lesbian couples.”

The president also signaled that he and his lawyers are reviewing “a range of options” when it comes to the administration’s responsibility to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, especially since repealing it over the next two years will be a nonstarter with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“I have a whole bunch of really smart lawyers who are looking at a whole range of options. My preference wherever possible is to get things done legislatively,” Obama said, drawing a comparison with repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“That may not be possible in DOMA’s case,” he added. “That’s something that I think we have to strategize on over the next several months.”

Read the full interview here

5 Responses to “the advocate”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    December 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Leave it up to Republicans to mar a happy and historic day:

    The deal to pass athe 9/11 health bill is done…

    Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand met with other senators’ staff and staff from Rep. Carolyn maloney’s offce until well after midnight, cutting a new deal and trimming the package to care for 9/11 responders to $4.3 billion, sources close to the deal said.


    Besides cutting the price for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act from $6.2 billion, the time span was also significantly limited to five years each for the health treatment program and the reopened 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund.

    Other concessions that negotiators had to make to Coburn and Enzi included a hard cap on lawyers’ fees at 10%, and even stronger reporting requirements and Government Accountability Office reviews than were already in the bill.

    Although people who took money from the recent 9/11 lawsuit were already accounted for in the Zadroga bill, Republicans insisted on stronger language ensuring they could not double-dip, and get money both from the legal deal and the bill.

    One key provision the New York side refused to budge on was cutting the medical treatment pay scale, which was set at 140% of Medicaid because of high local medical costs.

    The GOP side had hoped to set rates for sick responders at less than what federal workers get for workers’ compensation claims. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2010/12/911-deal-is-struck.html

    These bastards are nickel and diming our heroes, but think nothing of it to give rich people $700B!

    These are the people Americans put back in power! Aagghhhh!!!!!!!

  2. 2 majii
    December 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks, Hachikō!

    This is good news. I think Jon Stewart’s role in highlighting the way the republicans were blocking this bill went a long way toward getting this bill passed. Stewart’s advocacy also spurred Shep Smith to act at the Pox network. I do hope though, that responders throughout America are paying attention to the fact that it was the democrats who kept pushing to get health care for them, and that it was the republicans who were adamant about ensuring that they didn’t get it. I hope that sane Americans know by now that 9/11 has been a political tool republicans have been using to win elections, and that their words do not match their actions.

  3. 3 Kelly
    December 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I hate when these interviewers constantly interrupt this president. If you ask a question regarding big hard issues expect big hard complicated answers. Glad he called her out. After all this is not Bush you are speaking with.

  4. 4 Hachikō
    December 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The Senate just approved the 9/11 first responders bill.

  5. 5 Hachikō
    December 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Senate’s now voting on START with our wonderful VPOTUS, Joe Biden presiding.

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