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06
Jul
11

change … yet more of it

WSJ: President Barack Obama named Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, an Army veteran who campaigned to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy on Tuesday, putting the first openly gay or lesbian person onto the board that advises him on West Point.

Ms. Fulton, 52 years old, is the executive director and co-founder of Knights Out, an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered West Point graduates and allies….

Ms. Fulton says she became politically active for the first time in years after Mr. Obama took office, as she campaigned for an end to the military policy that has banned openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military. She said in an interview Tuesday that she hopes her appointment will send a message to young people who are considering military service.

“I would hope it would symbolize to all people gay and straight that anti-gay bias in the military is a thing of the past. I would hope it would tell them that if you’re willing to serve your country and you’re qualified, other factors don’t matter,” she said. “I see my role as in some sense helping West point send that message – that we respect all people equally. That’s part of our values, that’s part of our code.”

….She said she foresees no problem implementing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” at West Point, where she said she has many informal allies. “I believe they are proceeding in good faith to implement repeal, and I foresee very few if any problems with repeal in West Point.”

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05
Jan
11

new year, new job

Chicago Tribune: First lady Michelle Obama has chosen White House staffer and longtime Chicagoan Tina Tchen as her new top aide …. Tchen, 54, a lawyer, will replace another Chicago attorney, Susan Sher, as Obama’s chief of staff … Tchen’s move to the East Wing, a promotion, comes after serving the West Wing in three roles.

She was a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, director of the office of public engagement and executive director of the Council on Women and Girls. Tchen will stay on at the helm of the council.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Tina to my team,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement Wednesday. She called the hire a “natural choice” in light of Tchen’s work to ensure that “communities across the country have a voice and a presence at the White House.”

Tchen, a “proud Chinese American” … said a highlight of her White House tenure was being part of a presidential delegation to China last July for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the home of her late parents, who fled Communist China in 1949.

Before coming to Washington, Tchen lived in Chicago for 30 years and was active in progressive politics and several civic groups … A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and a 1984 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Law. She has a son and a daughter.

Mrs. Obama called Sher’s White House service a “gift” and said: “As sad as I am to see Susan go, I always knew she would return to her family and her community in Chicago.” Sher said Wednesday she was “thrilled” Tchen was replacing her since “the East Wing will be in great hands.” Tchen called her new job a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and said she was “honored and humbled” to take it.




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