Obama 2012 touts end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2010.
September 20th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama 2012 touts end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign put a feather in its cap Tuesday, as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," became effective.

In an e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday, campaign manager Jim Messina called the end of the policy that prevented gay soldiers from serving openly in the military one of the administration's "signature achievements."

"Gay men and lesbians in the military no longer have to hide who they are, and the service members who were discharged under this policy can re-enlist," Messina said.

"President Obama is proud to have signed the repeal."

The repeal was effective at 12:01 a.m. and capped the end of an almost-18 year policy-it was enacted in December of 1993 and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.

Calling the repeal a "personal promise kept," Messina also said it was a reminder that "as broken as Washington is and as long as change can take - people and organizations can do amazing things when they work together and never waver from the vision that unites them."

Messina closed the message with a reminder. "There's a lot more to do in the months ahead. But today is one to savor."


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Yet another example of Obama disregarding the advice of military commanders and doing what he thinks he needs to do politically to survive. There will be MUCH DAMAGE to be undone after the Democrats are thrown out in 2012.

    September 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Except the Dems and Obama Saved GM, whereas the GOP would have abandoned them to foreign takeover.

    DADT was a policy a the end of it's usefulness, and there's no way it's ever coming back in America. Learn to live with it.

    September 20, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Yet another example of Obama disregarding the advice of military commanders and doing what he thinks he needs to do politically to survive."

    Yet another example of a Teatroll rabidly defending the narrative he desperately wants to exist despite obvious and myriad contrary facts that prove it completely false.

    September 20, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Guero

    Anonymous,

    You're right!.

    September 20, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Lynne - Who grew up a military kid

    Me thinks "As GM goes" doth protest to much! Got a little homophobia going on there? Or just full on bigotry?

    The military protested integrating African Americans in with White troops...but the military didn't fall apart. They didn't want women in with men, but they didn't fall apart. Gays have been serving with distinction for hundreds of years, now they just get to do so openly....get over yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Except the Dems and Obama Saved GM, whereas the GOP would have abandoned them to foreign takeover.
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    Obama took over GM in violation of bankruptcy law in this country. He saved GM FOR THE UNION and screwed over private investors. Under bankruptcy laws, GM would have survived but all the union contracts would have been null and void.

    BTW, Chrysler WAS taken over by a foreign company. As usual, the clueless left spewing their clueless lies.

    September 20, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "As GM goes..." and the other haters don't care about anything but their own religious based, and greed-driven agenda. This is a logical step that ends Clinton's stop-gap solution. Get over it tightie righties. You don't know what you are talking about and listen only to the talking heads and zealots

    September 20, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Jake

    job well done!

    September 20, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. willard

    I'm strong belived mocked out of presdient obama cause he make problems his job for 3 year

    September 20, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. blaqmajik

    Lynne-that is nothing but the truth

    September 20, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. LovesIrony

    This should have been easy but was turned into a cluster**** The repeal passed in spite of obama not because of him

    September 20, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. rebecca ll

    ya obummer is good with it because it dosen't affect him

    September 20, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. d

    all i can say is yes yes! its about time! as to gm: your tag says it all...i dont even read what you type anymore...you make no sense what so ever.

    September 20, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Sequoia

    FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY defeat bigotry, oppression and ignorance. Isn't it great when REAL American values win?

    September 20, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    As GM wrote:
    Yet another example of Obama disregarding the advice of military commanders ...
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    Actually, the commanders realized they were not listening to "the people," our men and women in the armed services. Which is something which Republicans abhor to do, preferring to do exactly whatever they feel is in their own best interests.

    September 20, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Todd in DC

    The first commentor is a teabagging troll who basically can't stand the fact that our President isnt white. DADT was meant to be a compromise when Clinton signed it, and it turned out just to be the same bigotry wrapped in a different package.

    DOMA is next, seeing as how that is also just more bigotry in a pretty package.

    September 20, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. janetlaw

    Done and Done. Hallelulja.

    September 20, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Enrique

    President Obama campaigned on ending this discriminatory policy and he delivered. Today is a great day in America!

    September 20, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |