December 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Obama ‘disappointed’ over ‘Don’t Ask’ loss in Senate

President Obama said he's "extremely disappointed" in the Senate's failure to move "Don't Ask" legislation (Blade photo by Michael Key).

President Obama issued a statement on Thursday saying he’s “extremely disappointed” in the Senate’s failure to move forward with legislation containing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal as he alluded to other opportunites to pursue an end to law in the lame duck session of Congress.

“While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts, Obama said. “I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.”

On Thursday, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were set to introduce new standalone legislation in the Senate that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The complete statement from the president follows:

“I am extremely disappointed that yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act.  Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of Senators, a minority of Senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend. This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.”
“A minority of Senators were willing to block this important legislation largely because they oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law, a step supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and informed by a comprehensive study that shows overwhelming majorities of our armed forces are prepared to serve with Americans who are openly gay or lesbian. A great majority of the American people agree.  This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equality.”
“I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.”

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

  • Yet another “stand alone” bill will not fool anyone.

    Talk is cheap, and I will not piss away another vote on Obama, I promise.

  • Oh, go away, Fraud-bama. We in the GLBT community will work over-time to ensure that you do not win the next election. We will campaign against you. You’re a fraudulent human being through and through.

  • Hello, OBAMA WANTS for GLBT to be able to be in the services. ITS THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE NOT LETTING IT GO b/C HE WANTED TO CHANGE THE DONt ASK DONT TELL LAW TO JUST DONT ASK in other words WHO CARES IF A PERSON IS GAY OR A LESBIAN? HE WAS TRYING TO COMPROMISE W/ REPUBLICANS BY saying ok then we’ll do just don’t ask b/c THE REPUBLICANS DONT THINK IT SHOULD BE KNOWN THE THE USA ALLOWS THE GLBT. But now Obama is just tired of negotiating. We voted for him in 2008 & the Republicans can’t accept it. Before you all get on Obama you should get the source of the problem right first which is THE REPUBLICANS. Obama wanted to do w/ out the whole Dont ask Dont tell & allow All Americans to join but its the stupid tea party putting their religious views in still when we are suppost to have the right of freedom of religion. But look who holds tht back ! REPLUBICANS. THEY THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE BY THEIR VIES> NO GAY MARRIAGE ETC.

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