So here’s the live feed from the Department of Interior, where President Obama will made Christmas come three days early.
Everyone is shouting “Yes we can.” President Obama says “Yes we did. … This is a good day.” ALL SMILES! Obama is telling the story of a heroic gay soldier, and how his friend and comrade didn’t care when, forty years after fighting together at the Battle Of The Bulge, he came out.
“This morning I am proud to sign a law that will bring an end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” Obama says, to what might as well be his Democrats predecessor two administrations ago. “No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of Americans forced to leave the military.”
Pelosi, Frank, Hoyer, Levin, and even Lieberman got shout outs. Oh, and Republicans Collins! AND REP. PATRICK MURPHY, who nabs a standing O. And the prez doesn’t forget to name drop Gates and Mullen, Jeh Johnson and Carter Ham. And gay soldiers, like Alva.
As for the little matter of actually repealing DADT, when Mullen and Gates sign off on this thing? Obama assures he’s spoken to the service chiefs, and, “We are not going to be dragging our feet to get this done.”
Does everyone remember when they were furious with the president for moving so slowly on repeal? Haha, good times.