the end of dadt

Statement by President Obama:

“Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality. In accordance with the legislation that I signed into law last December, I have certified and notified Congress that the requirements for repeal have been met. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will end, once and for all, in 60 days — on September 20, 2011.

“As Commander in Chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. Today’s action follows extensive training of our military personnel and certification by Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen that our military is ready for repeal. As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.

“I want to commend our civilian and military leadership for moving forward in the careful and deliberate manner that this change requires, especially with our nation at war. I want to thank all our men and women in uniform, including those who are gay or lesbian, for their professionalism and patriotism during this transition. Every American can be proud that our extraordinary troops and their families, like earlier generations that have adapted to other changes, will only grow stronger and remain the best fighting force in the world and a reflection of the values of justice and equality that the define us as Americans.”

President Barack Obama signs the certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) have been met, in the Oval Office, July 22, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement; Kathleen Hartnett, Associate Counsel to the President; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; and Vice President Joe Biden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

41 Responses to “the end of dadt”

  1. 1 ber6964
    July 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Take that PL whiners!

    • 2 dotster
      July 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Obama making a statement now. Boehner has walked away from any further talks. Unbelievable.

  2. 3 Fred
    July 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    go hang yourself Dan Choi and THANK YOU Mr President

    No Laughing Matter: GOP Jokes While Heading Home Without a Debt Deal

  3. 4 GGail
    July 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    “With Liberty and Justice FOR ALL! Thank you President Barack Obama for “promises made/promises kept”. You have my loyal support.

  4. 5 mmmk
    July 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    hallelujah !

  5. 6 meta
    July 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm


    President Obama to make statement in WH briefing Room re: Deficit Talks at 6 PM Eastern

    Just a few minutes from now. Try:




    Not listed at either yet but likely to livestream this.

  6. 10 ChristiMtl
    July 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Oh my…..statement at 6 from the President………I wonder if they reached a deal……

  7. 15 rockpopple
    July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Not to badmouth a good thing – and this is a good thing – I just find it curious that when you look at those “other” sites, whenever a victory like this is achieved, it’s because of the fighters, the everyday individuals and protestors and people getting loud and such that got all the work done. But whenever there’s a snag in the process, or any kind of step-back, it’s always solely the President’s fault. So he gets none or little of the praise but all of the blame.

    Welp… like the man said, “It’s good to be President”.

    • July 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      I find that quite remarkable as well rockpopple. It’s unbelievable that they are sore winners and can’t even muster a simple thank you Mr. President…

  8. 17 askew
    July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this important accomplishment. Between this and the study that will likely lead to birth control being considered preventative health care (which means free or much cheaper prescriptions), it has been an excellent week for progressive accomplishments.

    Has anyone seen Nancy Pelosi’s announcement on the debt negotiations? She has a good alternative to the rumored deals so far. Cuts with no revenue with entitlements not being touched in any way. I could live with that.

  9. July 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Sounds like Rusty threw a hissy fit and walked out

  10. 20 Anonymous
    July 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    President Obama: Let’s go change the world. I’m in 100%
    The people who don’t see all the good things this man have done, was not for him in the beginning. the basher are trying to make money and some are racist. West, Tavis are mad because they can’t make money fooling the black folks like they use to. But these fool will not give up trying. I believe these 2 fool will help Obama with some of the older white voter that foxnews have scared into believing that obama will help the black people more then the white people. Tavis and west, will pull a few blacks into believe that non sense they preach, but those people was never for obama anyway, They just was waiting on a hand out not a hand up. The same happen with MLK in the black communtiy/ some was saying he was not strong enough and he was weak. MLK change the world and so will BHO. Blacks for Obama Now, and forever.

  11. 21 louc1
    July 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Reverend Al is not letting Kelly O’Donell get her Repub talking points in without a challenge on this Breaking News! You go Rev Al and now our courageous and smart President is using his position and power to get the truth out – You Go PBO!!!! So glad Rev Al will follow him!

  12. 22 Doris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    The Big Dog has spoken.

  13. July 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Bonehead didn’t return PBO’s phone call?!!!!! Fucker!!

  14. July 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    PBO mentioned their pledge to Grover!!!— Ohhhh the gloves are coming off. Damn!!! Rusty should have returned PBO’s call. Dumb fuck!

    • 28 Fred
      July 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      can someone tweet to Dan P;or DWS or the DC that the members of Congress swore allegiance to the fucking Constitution not that mofo Grover Norquist

  15. July 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    PBO just called out the House Repugs!!! They would be at fault for default!!!

  16. 30 louc1
    July 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    We are not going to continue to play games. Tell em Mr. President Jessica Y you ask dumb questions – who do you think is to blame!!!!!

  17. 32 Doris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    This the first time these Repugs have been made to be responsible. Thank you Mr. Tough Guy, I mean Mr. President.

  18. 33 Doris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Shut her up.

  19. 34 meta
    July 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    PBO is ON FIRE.

  20. 35 utaustinliberal
    July 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I cannot believe Boehner just walked away like a petulant child. WTF????? I am loving this press conference. The gloves are off now. POTUS offered $1 trillion in domestic and discretionary cuts, $650 billion in SS, Medicare and Medicaid cuts to strengthen the programs for the next 10 years and all he wanted in return was $1.2 trillion in cuts. That’s all. He asked for less tax revenue than the gang of 6 proposal and Boehner still walked out? What an ass-hat. I’m glad that POTUS is calling each and everyone of them out. I’m glad he said they signed a pledge with some fringe activist (Norquist) and they’ve emphatically said they aren’t willing to compromise on anything or say yes to anything. He even gave Boehner some leeway so he wouldn’t get heat from Norquist and still Boehner walked out? I’m also glad POTUS is letting everyone know that Hary Reid and Nancy Pelosi were willing to negotiate but Boehner wouldn’t budge. What kind of fucktards do we have in congress?

  21. July 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Oh. My. God. I’m in tears. Oh. My. God.

  22. 37 Doris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Lawd have mercy.

  23. 38 collegekay
    July 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    He was MAD. I loved that press conf.

  24. 39 meta
    July 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    HOLY CRAP. This is incredible. I can’t believe we are in this place.

    PBO is positioning himself to be the only one willing to take care of business and he is absolutely CORRECT on that score. No matter what happens, he will be able to say HE TRIED EVERYTHING.

  25. 40 Doris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    PBO broke their backs. The “big deal” incorporated what the Republicans campaigned on and subsequently took back the House and gained Senate seats. He has shown them to be LIARS and he is going to use that to bury them. A chess player indeed. He has torn them a new tell.

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