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January 26, 2010

Obama to make DADT announcement during State of the Union address

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We’ve been getting snippets and Tweets about this all day. Apparently the President is going to make some sort of statement on Wednesday night during the State of the Union address about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. (DC Agenda):

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Monday during a press conference the Senate hearing would take place in February after DC Agenda asked him whether he could give any details about when lawmakers would hear testimony.

…Levin said he doesn’t know what Obama will say on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during his speech, but he expects the president will address the administration’s intent on the issue.

…But Levin said if the path to repeal isn’t pursued in a “thoughtful” way, the result could be “exactly the opposite effect of what I hope it takes the change the policy.”

Based on the take of this article, expressing the administration’s “intent” is what we’re going to hear. That’s no news, it was one of his promises on the campaign trail. What would be news is announcement that the Pentagon is ready to go forward. In the MarineCorp Times, that is exactly what is being speculated based on Levin’s remarks.

The announcement of congressional hearings on the ban on open military service by homosexuals has been delayed at the request of the Obama administration until after Wednesday night’s State of the Union Address because the president may announce that military leaders will support changing the law, according to a key lawmaker.

So what do you think is really going to be said during the SOTU?


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