December 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Gibbs: ‘Very, very close’ to ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking to reporters Wednesday during an off-camera press talk, expressed optimism about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and said President Obama is actively lobbying senators on the issue.

Here is the text of Gibbs’ remarks:

“The president — I’m not going to get into a list of who — but the president has through the course of the past several days made calls to Democrats and Republicans on two very important issues: passage of the DREAM Act and repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ I think we are — on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — I think we are very, very close to seeing that repeal happen. We’ve had important endorsements over the past few days that I think in many ways is the result of the process and survey that the Pentagon issued last week. The president is hopeful and encouraging Democrats and Republicans to get behind that.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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  • Senators have their priorities exactly backwards / Defy American People

    Dear Senator ____________,

    I am increasingly concerned that Senators are not paying attention to that which is truly the Will of the American People.

    All polls show that Americans do not want Tax Cuts for Millionaires, and a majority of Americans want DADT Repeal, and yet the Senate seems intent upon going their own way on these issues, and in reverse order of priority.

    Millionaire handouts are LAST on the priority list of any American, yet Senators deem this as #1 on the list. They are dead wrong, this is not fiscally responsible, and those voting in this manner, or holding out and letting the clock run out on DADT Repeal, will be voted out of office in the next election, I regretfully assure you.

    We will not forget.

    Please consider your votes carefully.


    Email your Senators Daily until Repeal passes:

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