Trust But Verify
The Preznit of These United States spoke to Teh Gays yesterday, and he’s making a few Provisionally Happy Noises. Let’s listen in!
My attitudes are evolving on this. I have always firmly believed in having a robust civil union that provides the rights and benefits under the law that marriage does. I’ve wrestled with the fact that marriage traditionally has had a different connotation. But I also have a lot of very close friends who are married gay or lesbian couples.
Some of My Best Friends is rarely the best line to trot out, but we knew Obama’s take going in.
And, in fairness, by the way, that is true of every single group of supporters that I have. I mean, there’s not a single constituency that doesn’t think we could be doing more.
Hello, Mr. President!
I’m not going to put my constitutional lawyer hat on now, partly because I’m president and I’ve got to be careful about my role in the three branches of government here.
We found your Constitutional Lawyer Hat at Goodwill. Somewhat frayed, alas.
I spoke to Admiral Mullen today. He said he’s taking the [DADT repeal] implementation manual that was a companion to the attitudinal survey off to vacation with him. He is prepared to implement. I spoke to other of the service chiefs, including, for example, General Amos. We saw that in the attitudinal surveys there was the most resistance in the Marine Corps. But Jim Amos said to me that he’s ready to implement and he’s going to make it work.
So my strong sense is this is a matter of months. Absolutely not years.
We would prefer minutes, but we’ll grant that the DADT repeal law requires a sixty-day waiting period after the Brass signs off. Then again — and we can’t stress this enough — can’t current dismissal actions at least be put on hold in the meantime?
Repealing DOMA, getting [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act] done, those are things that should be done. I think those are natural next steps legislatively. I’ll be frank with you, I think that’s not going to get done in two years. I think that’s — we’re on a three- or four-year time frame unless there’s a real transformation of attitudes within the Republican caucus.
True dat, alas. Meanwhile, when does the campaign to end the filibuster start?
Q. Will you use your bully pulpit to lobby for things like that?
A. Yes, well…
Yes, well, we’ll just wait and see, shall we? No point getting excited before the event, and we have only so many spare fuses in the toolbox.