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Barack Obama Already Taking All the Credit For Moving DADT’s Repeal

Even though the White House was the last group to the DADT repeal party — and did so only after Obama’s camp realized it would be moving forward with or without them — the email-happy tiggers at are already writing history to make sure everyone believes Barack built this altar. He did not. But let’s see him convince America!

From an email signed by Organizing For America director Mitch Stewart:

This is big news: Yesterday, the full House of Representatives and the Armed Services Committee in the Senate voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to end the law that denies gays and lesbians the right to serve their country. Now, we are closer than ever to making good on that promise.

The full Senate will soon start its debate on repeal. But some Republicans are digging in their heels. Senator John McCain said, “I’ll do everything in my power” to block a vote. And Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker called the repeal bill “a major mistake” — announcing that the GOP plans to filibuster.

We can defeat those who’d stand in the way of history. But we must show our senators that Americans — in every state — overwhelmingly support repeal.

From the Recovery Act to health reform to Wall Street reform, one by one President Obama is delivering on his campaign promises. And, now — if we can overcome Republican obstruction — we have a chance to deliver on another: bringing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to an end.

As the President has said, this is about more than just living up to his word. We must end this law because “it’s the right thing to do.”

Any policy that punishes brave men and women who step forward to serve their country simply for being who they are isn’t just misguided — it’s discrimination.

That’s why President Obama didn’t just campaign on ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; he made it a priority. And it’s why it’s now a matter of how and when — not if — we will repeal this law.

But as the Republicans prepare to block a vote on this historic legislation, we must do all we can to help deliver on the President’s promise.

Living up to his word? Misleading.

Delivering on his campaign promises? Spin.

Made it a priority? Lie.

This shadow advocate was actively pushing to delay the repeal. He was not fiercely advocating for DADT’s end. He was stalling, hopefully at least until November, when it may have been too late to push this thing through.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, from your commander in disbelief.

Obama Deserves No Credit For DADT’s Eventual Passage. None