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Gibbs: Obama Will Have DADT Repealed By End of 1st Term

It’s as if Chuck Todd is reading Queerty. He quizzed Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the Obama administration’s seemingly paradoxical conclusion that it can move on Guantanamo by executive order, but not do the same for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Gibbs said the report isn’t true, and that the White House will work with Congress to deal with detainees.

But more striking is what Gibbs said about speculation over Obama’s choice of words in this statement from yesterday’s GLBT address at the White House: “But I say this: We have made progress and we will make more. And I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I’ve made, but by the promises that my administration keeps. And by the time you receive — (applause.) We’ve been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.”

Did Obama mean after four years in the White House we can expect to see Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed? Or eight years? Gibbs believes it’ll be the former. “I think that is the case, yes.”