FL Rep. Alcee Hastings Withdraws Amendment to Stop DADT Discharges Following Pressure from White House

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


This is getting more interesting each passing day. FL Rep. Alcee Hastings has withdrawn an amendment that would have blocked the military from using money to carry out “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The viciously antigay Clinton-era policy prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Rep. Hasting, a Democrat, cryptically said he pulled the measure after he received pressure from the White House and colleagues. He did not say who in the White House — if it rolled up all the way to President Obama, or what colleagues were involved.

Hastings said in announcing his decision:

“I would, however, like to note that it is most unfortunate that we are not addressing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell at this time. We should not be appropriating funds to enable qualified service members to be booted out just because they are honest about whom they are.”

He took a slap at President Obama, noting that the military has spent over $95.1 million on retraining soldiers because of the law.

“What is the holdup, then?” Last month, 76 of my colleagues and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to take leadership on this issue and to work together with Congress to repeal this law. More than a month later, I have yet to receive an official response.”

Really? No official response from the Obama White House? Excuse me but, didn’t Mr. Obama say throughout the campaign that he disagreed with the policy and vowed, if elected president, to repeal the ban?

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is also flummoxed:

After last November’s election, I said I would be happy if President Obama delivered on the repeal of both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and DOMA, and had all of the combat troops out of Iraq by Aug. 2010. But alas, it appears he will accomplish none of this. 2012 can’t get here soon enough now.

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8 Responses to FL Rep. Alcee Hastings Withdraws Amendment to Stop DADT Discharges Following Pressure from White House

  1. retahyajyajav says:

    If Obama were as smart as his supporters say he is, he would’ve had DADT and DOMA repealed in his first 100 days in office.

    Had he done this, the country would have moved onto other matters like national healthcare but what you see now are dropping job approval numbers and legions of increasingly unhappy people who will look elsewhere in 2012.

  2. Harry says:

    I’m growing tired of all Washington politicians.

  3. bradfrmphnx says:

    He’s following in Clinton’s footsteps. Clinton put all his focus on his health care plan, and lost a lot of political capital by it. One of the reasons he supposedly had to accept DADT and DOMA. Obama is busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest, and he isn’t getting much done other than spending political capital. I think you are right Christopher, Obama appears to be nothing more than a good orator. All talk…no show. This in and of itself is nothing short of ridiculous. If he has the backing in congress, if the military is saying they don’t care, and the polls show America is tired of DADT/DOMA and wants a change, it begs the question…What is the holdup? Maybe it is time for a change.

  4. I wonder if part of this is an attempt to give Kirsten Gillibrand some liberal cred for the senate primary. She’s going to hold hearings, I believe, on DADT, and I’m thinking Obama et al. want to make this her baby to cheaply pander for votes. Won’t get mine.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    I have to say, I’m really taken aback that the Obama White House never bothered to reply to a letter from 70 Democratic Congress people regarding DADT. It sounds either arrogant or just plain stupid on the president’s part. Not good.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:

    I would be very interested in knowing the name(s) of who it was in the Obama administration Rep. Hastings is referring to.

    Rahm Emanual, perhaps? He appears to be the glue keeping the operation together. I’ve never been a fan of Emanual and he’s clearly no friend to the LGBT community.

    I understand a successful president can’t work if he has to micromanage the team but, Obama made certain promises if we voted for him and now he is backing away from repealing the ban.

    This is politics as usual and not change we can believe in. If he doesn’t wise up, 2012 may include real change we can all believe in — like a change at the top.


  7. Tao says:

    Sadly, no one in politics ‘leads’ or ‘focuses’ public opinion but rather they use their focus groups and run some policies by these groups and then they determine what their stand should be.

    Principles have been replaced with polls and values have been replaced by position papers….

  8. libhomo says:

    I wish I could say I am shocked by this latest homophobia from the Obama administration.

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