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27 January 2010

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Mad Professah

"This year" seems pretty specific to me, as does "working with Congress and our military."

GRANT

"This year" seems pretty specific to me, as does "working with Congress and our military."

Not specific to me...Was he calling for a specific bill? Or did he say it will it be included in the DoD budget? And does this mean it will be repealed by December 31 or the White House will begin the steps "this year"?

But weren't they working on it last year when they asked for a study, or when Gates said he would look into more "humane" ways to deal with DADT?

Sorry, but I don't see that phrase as any more concrete than what he's been saying all along. Just my two cents..but I liked the speech and think he hit home with the economy.

GRANT

Oh and Mad Professah, I'm at your blog now. Very nice!

Derrick from Philly

Is this the first US President who has even mentioned gay people in a State of the Union speech? Maybe President Clinton did it, but I can't remember.

Rod Mc

Good call Derrick.

I wasn't sure and said the 1st last night. Took it down overnight while I checked and updated copy.

Obama becomes the second president to mention LGBT rights, and the first to mention it in his inaugural SOTU. That's impressive. -RM

Kevjack

I was so pleased to some fight in our President last night. At last, he is showing that he is not going to cave in and he told his own party to grow a pair and start leading.

And the Repubs look like fools-- not clapping for tax cuts, and then a response that seemed to reiterate what the President said-- all because they have no ideas.

..this is what I have been waiting for. Hopefully 2010 will be the beginning of the REAL change that we need.

Dré

It seems President Obama's announcement last night was more than words:

From theatlantic.com: Jan 28 2010, 2:16 pm by Marc Ambinder

Pentagon To Announce Some "Don't Ask" Details Next Week
Before President Obama announced last night that he would work with Congress and the Pentagon to end the military's ban on service by gays and lesbians, the White House consulted Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to sign off on the language he planned to use, administration officials said. They did. "The Pentagon is with us," the official said. And Geoff Morell, Gates's 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." So -- Obama's pledge to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell was more than words -- he's instructed the military to get it done as soon as Congress repeals the law. A Senate hearing is set for February 9.


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