White House sees no reason to clarify what National Security Adviser James Jones said about DADT repeal

As John reported in the post below, yesterday, President Obama’s National Security Advisor James Jones said that Obama is really busy and will work to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at the “right time.” The “right time” sure doesn’t sound like it will be anytime soon. John’s post concluded:

In the end, don’t think that Jones is simply freelancing. There is no way a senior administration official goes on TV and keeps screwing up like this. At first it’s a screw up. After this many times, it’s part of the plan. And the plan is to move the goal posts again and again and again until Obama can pass his gay rights promises to the next president, assuming we get a Democrat elected again this century.

Well, today, we learn that, in fact, the White House does stand by the remarks of Jones. Greg Sargent asked the White House for a comment:

A White House spokesman declined comment in response to a request for clarification, which essentially means Jones’ quotes stand.

So, Jones did state the White House policy.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader wrote a letter to Obama asking for him to engage in the effort to repeal DADT. We posted Obama’s one-line response here. Seems that Obama’s letter should have really said:

The President got the Majority Leader’s letter, but he has an awful lot on his desk and we’re engaged in two wars so don’t expect anything anytime soon despite the President’s numerous promises during the campaign to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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