White House Deputy Press Sec, Bill Burton, refuses to commit to repealing DADT this year

And you wonder why people handcuff themselves to your office:

Q On “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the President last night told the protesters we’re going to do that, we’re going to repeal the policy. But some of the activists point out he didn’t say this year, which some of them were looking for. Does he plan to do that this year?

MR. BURTON: I would point out that we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress on this. This is a policy that’s been in place for quite a long time, and as we’ve seen on other issues change is hard. But that said, what we’ve seen is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense both come out in support of this change, and we’re moving with as much speed as possible to see that it’s done.

You can’t say the activists are wrong and then refuse, over and over again, to say two simple words: “this year.”

The White House isn’t interested in keeping President Obama’s promise, made in the State of the Union, to repeal DADT this year. Otherwise, they wouldn’t repeatedly refuse to say the word. Something is wrong, folks. Seriously wrong. And Bill Burton just proved it.


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