President Obama remarks on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (video)
President Obama addressed the nation yesterday to speak about the historic end of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law which banned homosexuals and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. December 22, 2010 was a day full of accomplishments for the Obama administration with other milestones accomplished. In addition to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and President Obama signing the act into law, the White House saw the START treaty approved as well as a unanimous vote on health care for 9/11 first responders.
During yesterday’s speech, President Obama spoke of Dwight Eisenhower and said, “It was a great five-star general and President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who once said, “Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness and consideration, and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.”
By repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” today, we take a big step toward fostering justice, fairness and consideration, and that real cooperation President Eisenhower spoke of.
This fulfills an important campaign promise the President and I made, and many here on this stage made, and many of you have fought for, for a long time, in repealing a policy that actually weakens our national security, diminished our ability to have military readiness, and violates the fundamental American principle of fairness and equality — that exact same set of principles that brave gay men and women will now be able to openly defend around the world.”
You may see the President address the nation and watch the full speech in the video player to the left.
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