Almost the same slop served, different day. You’d think after the President left the strong impression that he was moving on DADT repeal, and along with news that Obama and Sen Joe Lieberman were commiserating on legislation, we’d learn something new. Unfortunately, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had the rusted key turned in his back to belch out the same tired song, albeit with a tiny ray of light signifying he needs to come up with a better answer to replace the FAILing chip in his back.
Q Senator Lieberman’s office confirmed yesterday that he has had talks with the White House about a “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal bill. Have you asked him to carry the bill, to take the lead on the bill? And have you been in discussions with any other senators about doing the same?
MR. GIBBS: Let me ask. I meant to do this last week, and I’ll find out that answer today.
Q The President pledged on Saturday night to repeal — or to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” was his exact words. Do you have a — I mean, is there any sense of timing on that? Do you guys have any sense of when you’re going to start moving forward with legislation, et cetera?
MR. GIBBS: I don’t. Let me get a better answer. I should have done this last week. I’ll reiterate again, the President obviously, as he said on Saturday, believes that the policy is unfair. He said that when he was a candidate for the Senate in 2003 and 2004, as well as a candidate for President. He has a strong belief on this. I also think — we talked a little bit about this Friday — I think also Saturday gave the President an opportunity to reiterate another important priority of his that will soon become law, and that’s hate crimes legislation, which is long overdue in ensuring people protection.
Well we can only hope that The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld, our voice in the press room, will receive that extra information from Gibbs before it ends up at the bottom of his info pile and forgets until he’s asked again.