A few minutes ago, I tweeted this:
Does @barackobama know that the GOPers are filibustering the Def. Auth. bill? We’re in 2 wars, you’d think he’d say something.
Mike Signorile tweeted:
Imagine if Democrats held up a defense bill? Why isn’t Obama pointing to the Repubs not supporting the troops in 2 wars? Where is he?
We haven’t heard a word. But, last night, Obama was bitching about Democrats who aren’t happy with him, via Jake Tapper:
Last night at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, President Obama said “when I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying, ‘Well, you know, the health care plan didn’t have a public option;’ and I don’t know, ‘The financial reform — there was a provision here that I think we should have gotten better’; or, ‘You know what, yes, you ended the war in Iraq, the combat mission there, but you haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet’; or this or that or the other — I say, folks, wake up.”
Continued the president: “This is not some academic exercise.”
Actually, we know that. So, while he’s out complaining about us — and last night wasn’t the first time, no one has heard a thing from Obama on this upcoming vote. Last night, I reported that the White House wasn’t even lobbying for passage of the Defense bill. Yet, Obama wonders why we “gripe and groan.”
Today, via the Washington Blade, SLDN goes on the record saying the President has been AWOL:
Blame is already being assigned to the White House.
Trevor Thomas, spokesperson for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said his organization hasn’t seen an effort from the White House on the issue in recent days.
“We have not seen any signs that the White House has been whipping this vote in the last 48 hours,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he can’t predict what will happen with the cloture vote and maintained SLDN is “taking nothing for granted.”
Every time this President has had the opportunity to take action for equality, he hasn’t. We get nice speeches, but not much more.
It doesn’t get any better: Don’t Ask, Don’t Give.