DADT Signing Ceremony

UPDATE: Joe is at the airport – he already had tickets to California for Christmas before the DADT signing ceremony was announced (and I, sadly, am already in Chicago). But Joe was able to attend the ceremony this morning, and will report to us shortly (if he can get Internet access in the airport in Philly, it’s not working too well in DC) with photos. In the meantime, here is Joe’s Twitter feed, where he live-tweeted much of the ceremony.

Should begin shortly after 9:15 AM ET, but may start late.

I’m at the ceremony. John is in Chicago so couldn’t make it. But, the White House invited a wide range of people. Most important, there will be a lot of the servicemembers who made this happen. And, there are a lot of folks, like us, who pushed the White House. GetEQUAL’s Robin McGehee will be there with her son, Sebastian. Also, Jonathan Lewis and Paul Yandura, who played key roles in setting up GetEQUAL, got invited. I’m heading to the airport right after the event, but will take photos and possibly get some video.

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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