Lt. Dan Choi’s Attempt to Get Obama to Testify Is Awesome. It’s Also Ridiculous

Listen. If disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich can’t succeed in subpoenaing President Obama to testify at his fraud trial, no judge is going to grant Lt. Dan Choi and Cpt. James Pietrangelo’s request to have the president appear at their civil disobedience trial stemming from their White House fence arrests, for which they plead not guilty and opted to head to court.

Particularly because the defendants say they they were just following the commander-in-chief’s orders to “pressure” him into repealing DADT. Reads an advisory put out by their counsel: “The subpoena of the President is necessary for the defense to prove that Defendants were following and obeying lawful orders or directives by their President and Commander in Chief, and were therefore under an obligation and authority to act as they did in order to pressure him – in a non-violent, visible way – on this important public issue. In addition, these statements support the contention that Defendants were acting out of necessity, in order to prevent discrimination and greater harm to gay service members now serving.” I love the gesture, and the knack to generate press. But: Ain’t gonna happen.