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Obama Does Not Believe Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Is Unconstitutional. There, We Said It

Appearing on Meet The Press Sunday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talked about the Obama administration’s hopes and dreams that Congress will repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. But what if the Senate can’t get a repeal through? Doesn’t matter! DADT “will end under this president,” insists Gibbs. Which is probably true, because that leaves open the possibility it’ll end through the courts. Meanwhile, asked again if President Obama believes DADT to be unconstitutional, Gibbs avoided a direct answer, saying again — and repeating Obama’s own language — that the commander-in-chief believes it only to be “discriminatory” and “unjust.” If Obama did believe the law was unconstitutional, he and Gibbs would just say so. But they aren’t. Gibbs refuses to answer a direct question about the president’s views on the constitutionality of a law that discriminates against an entire class of people — a question so simple, getting an answer is proving comically difficult. So I think it’s perfectly fair to infer Obama does not hold that position, and I will believe the president does not think DADT violates the Constitution until he says otherwise.