There's been some movement on the proposed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. After last night's State of the Union address, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow spoke with Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett re President Obama's plans.
"He was very clear [that] he intends to do it," said Jarrett. "He’s going to begin a process, starting right away, to move forward with that. And in the days and weeks ahead he will outline for that, for you, and for the general public, specifically how he’ll do that."
And there's more. The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder adds: "Geoff Morell, [Defense Secretary] Gates' spokesman, e-mails me to say that 'The Department leadership is actively working on an implementation plan and will have more to say about it next week.'" Ambinder adds that the President "instructed the military to get it done as soon as Congress repeals the law", which sounds somewhat circular, but it could just be the phrasing.
Jarrett has been described as the President's "most trusted adviser." At last summer's Netroots Nation, Jarret "very strongly" assured progressives and LGBT activists that the Administration would soon work on repealing the ban. Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP ...