10/15/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs appears to have been rather surprised by the fact that people do not necessarily believe anymore that President Barack Obama is going to be engaging in actively lobbying for the Defense Authorization Bill, which includes the language to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Of course, the fact that he did not come out to lobby for it to even get to a debate seems to be a compelling indicator of why the issue is a problem.
Kerry Eleveld of the Advocate asked several questions, including one that got this answer from Gibbs: “I just said that he would be actively involved in that. If that, Kerry, involves talking to senators, absolutely. Does that involve staff here talking to the staff of senators? Absolutely.”
In September, when the bill was up for consideration for debate, Obama did not call any Senators, and did not lobby any GOP Senators in order to bring it up for a vote. He has taken a hands off approach to the Presidency which has left one not only wondering in what universe he is living, but whether or not he is the reincarnation of Grover Cleveland. To date, Obama has stated that he will appeal the decision which struck down DADT, but that he will see it repealed. Rather than just taking the easy path here, Obama seems to think that he can persuade the Republicans to accept his rationale.
Unfortunately, he seems to be living in a world of pixies and fairytales where that might happen. So far, the GOP believes that ending DADT is a no-go no matter who says they want to do so- like some 75% of Americans.