Valerie Jarrett’s Incoherent Defense of Obama’s Deceit on DADT

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is bizarre. As President Obama roams the country trying to rally support for at-risk Democratic candidates, the White House dispatched senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday and defend the president’s moves to defend the unconstitutional “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

The Wonk Room provided video and transcript of Jarrett’s incoherent defense of the Obama DOJ’s emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court to stay a lower judge’s injunction against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She said the administration had a duty to defend the policy despite President Obama’s alleged opposition to it, and added that “many members” of the gay community understood the White House’s position.

Really, Valerie? Many members of the gay community? Odd because no one I know understands the White House’s position. Not a single LGBT print publication, website or blog that I’ve seen understands it.

JARRETT: “You know what, the Justice Department is required to defend the law of the land. Believe me, we wish there were another way because the President has been so clear. And I think there are many members of the gay community who actually understand this and who are working with us to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal it. It’s clear that the vast majority of American people think that it should not be the law. And we are determined to have Congress revoke it. But we have to go through that orderly process.”

Watch it:

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12 Responses to Valerie Jarrett’s Incoherent Defense of Obama’s Deceit on DADT

  1. DMason says:

    What is she talking about? Just because her mouth is emitting words doesn’t mean she makes sense. Sorry, Missy Jarrett but many in the gay community is onto your boss’ game. Obama is a snake oil salesman and no one believes anything he has to say.

  2. retahyajyajav says:

    The “many members” of the gay community remark must mean the champagne queers who run the HRC.

    Everyone I know understands all too well why this hypocritical White House keeps defending DADT and the simple reason is, Obama is a homophobe.

  3. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Valerie Jarrett, to use a crude expression, doesn’t know her ass from a hole in the ground.

    I challenge anyone to prove the constitutional or statutory rule requiring the Obama administration to defend federal laws from constitutional attack?

    Historically, the DOJ has generally enjoyed a wide leeway to defend the constitutionality of federal laws, but the record shows there have been a number of exceptions, and a law that burdens, discriminates, or stigmatizes the rights of a minority is a particularly strong candidate to go undefended.

    Obama and the DOJ is now boxed into a corner left defending unconstitutional laws. Some might argue this is criminal behavior on the part of Obama.

  4. Rachel says:

    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is now officially Obama’s law, as there is no legal requirement to defend a law that was determined by two Federal judges to violate the U.S. Constitution. Obama clearly enjoys keeping “teh gays” out of the Big House. I am forced to conclude he is homophobic. Oh, the irony.

  5. Estacada says:

    As Commander in Chief, Harry Truman issued an Executive Order ending racial integration in the US military.

    As Commander in Chief, Barack Obama could issue an Executive Order ending enforcement of DADT until the congress deals with it.

    Harry Truman. Barack Obama.
    Harry Truman. Barack Obama.
    Harry Truman. Case closed.

  6. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Valerie Jarrett?

    Who and what the fuck is Valerie Jarrett and what is she blathering on about? What makes this idiot think she speaks for the entire gay community? Talk about arrogant.

  7. Harry says:

    Gallup has Clown-Obama’s approval at meager 44.7%. Couldn’t happen to a nicer hypocrite. I predict he will be in the low-30’s by summer of 2011.

  8. Joe in Colorado says:

    Rachel nailed it. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially President Obama’s law now and he has the initials DADT tattooed on his forehead. I thought the policy would disappear on his watch but no more. I think DADT will be with us when he runs for reelection in 2012. A reminder of all that went wrong.

  9. Vivzzz says:

    Valerie Jarrett is a two-tongued devil. Just look in her eyes when she speaks. She’s clearly as bad as Obama on gay issues and needs to STFU.

  10. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    I have two words for Valerie Jarrett: Fuck You.

    I have two words for Barack Obama: Fuck You.

    I’ve moved on and my eyes and energy is now on 2012 and not on the failed team currently in the White House.

  11. Dmitris says:

    I used to think Valerie Jarrett was one of Obama’s better cabinet choices but, she’s really just there to carry water for her boss at a time when his credibility is tanking along with his job approval numbers.

  12. they had the free pass to let DADT go – and they justify the appeal as “we need to have congress end it”

    is the obama administration kidding? no of course not – they full well know the next congress – which will be much more rightwing and hate-filled will do nothign to end it – and obama will drop it.

    nothing but disappointment from them

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