Skip to comments.Obama campaign touts repeal of DADT ("Signature Achievement" -- BARF)
Posted on 09/20/2011 10:02:18 AM PDT by markomalley
President Obamas re-election campaign on Tuesday touted the end of the military policy Dont Ask Dont Tell as one of the Obama administrations signature achievements.
The ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military officially ended on Tuesday, following a vote to repeal in December. President Obama, who ran on the pledge to repeal in 2008, called it an honor to sign the repeal into law in July, setting into motion a 60-day waiting period.
In an email, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina called it both a policy promise and a personal promise kept by Obama to the thousands of people who needed and deserved this change.
Obama on Tuesday praised the end of the policy, which was enacted in 1993 under then-President Bill Clinton, and several Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee hailed the date as historic.
As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love, Obama said in a statement released by the White House early on Tuesday.
Obamas campaign began touting the repeal as a major accomplishment prior to the official repeal date with campaign merchandise for sale on the re-election website. The campaign released a web video this week that includes stories of members of the military celebrating the repeal.
It's a reminder that -- as broken as Washington is and as long as change can take -- people and organizations can do amazing things when they work together and never waver from the vision that unites them, Messina wrote.
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