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.”