But, yesterday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs rejected the practical advice:
In today’s press briefing, David Corn of Mother Jones asked White House spokesman Robert Gibbs about the report and whether the Obama administration thinks this is “the way to go.” Gibbs largely dismissed CAP’s recommendations, saying that the White House is not interested in signing an executive order to temporarily halt DADT:
GIBBS: Well, the President has had meetings about this, has talked with members of Congress. His staff has talked with members of Congress. All of them have talked to Pentagon officials and the administration believes that this requires a durable, legislative solution, and is pursing that in Congress.
Q: I understand that for the long-term solution, but what do you take issue with about signing an executive order that will suspend the separations before an endurable solution is reached through the slow legislative process?
GIBBS: I mean, I think there could be differences on strategy. I think our belief is that the only and best way to do this is through a durable, comprehensive legislative process.
There’s that damn “durable” language. He’s also used the word “sustainable.” This White House could just come up with a practical plan that would stop destoying the lives of service men and women.
It’s bizarre how obstinate the Obama administration is on DADT.
Tomorrow, ServiceMembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is hosting a March on the White House at 2 PM. Here’s the Facebook page. SLDN and the rest of us have to keep up the pressure.
Durable, my ass. Use the power of the presidency to do the right thing.