One of the things that bugs me most is that Obimma gets credit in certain circles for signing things that any Democratic president (and most sane presidents generally) would sign. Oh he signed the Lily Leadbetter act, oh he’d sign DADT if it hit his desk, oh he wouldn’t veto legislation banning the harvesting of children’s vital organs to make dog food, blah blah. Color me impressed eh? Maybe at some point he can get around to actually trying to make some of that stuff hit his desk, yknow: using that whole bully pulpit more than seasonally and so forth. Encouraging signs of late, let’s see if he keeps it up…
Agenda: Is the president expecting repeal legislation on his desk this year?
Gibbs: Well, again, the president outlined in the State of the Union — and you heard Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen discuss the process that will take place. If that process results in legislation by the year’s end, the president will certainly sign it. I think, most importantly, the president, the military and others feel like we have the best process structured moving forward to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Agenda: I have a follow up, actually. Would the president support a legislative moratorium on discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at this time, until the Pentagon completes its review?
Gibbs: I would point you to what the — to the testimony from Gates and Mullen in what that process will — the process that will take place over the course of the next year.