Saturday, June 20, 2009

Capehart: Give Obama Time

Jonathan Capehart (WaPo) believes that Obama made some missteps, but believes he is an ally:

Let's face it, the Obama administration bungled the politics surrounding its filing of a brief in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages. But the searing criticism that President Obama is getting for it borders on a blind rage that obscures some positive changes for gay men and lesbians from his administration in both style and substance.

But he argues to give Obama time.

The pressure is on.

Here's his argument for giving him time:

If gays and lesbians want big victories, such as the repeal of DOMA and the "don't ask don't tell" policy, they should focus their fire where it belongs: on Congress. Each bill will take 218 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate to reach the president's desk, and the votes aren't there yet. Saying no one is going to hand gay men and lesbians their rights, Berry told me, "We have to get out there and fight and get those votes." That won't be easy. But if last week's announcement is a sign that Obama will be vocal, persistent and public in his support, the fight can be won.

But Capehart is wrong on DADT: Clinton signed an executive order to make DADT law. All that Obama has to do is sign an executive order to over-turn DADT. He doesn't need an act of Congress, because this is the military service, and he Commander in Chief. He is taking his cues from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon who are dragging their heels (pun intended).

Capehart is speaking for the Administration...a mouthpiece.

It is time for Obama to move on these issues.

Time is moving should Pres. Obama.



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