Wednesday, May 26, 2010

President Obama: Don't Ask, Don't Tell...

President Obama was giving a speech at a fundraiser explaining Congress is working on repealing the ban on gays in the military when he was interrupted, but he kept his cool and kept it moving. Listen here.  The full story follows...

San Francisco, California (CNN) -- An unidentified heckler interrupted President Obama's fundraising speech Tuesday night by calling for the administration to move faster on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.  The unidentified man shouted during Obama's speech, causing the president to pause and chide him.  "Maybe he didn't read the newspapers, because we're working with Congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell,' " Obama said at the event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California.

An agreement worked out with congressional leaders and the military would have legislators pass a measure calling for repeal of the controversial policy to kick in once the Pentagon completes a review of the matter and Obama and military leaders sign off on how to make the transition work.  Initial congressional votes on the issue could take place as soon as Thursday.  "C'mon, man, I'm dealing with Congress here," Obama said to laughter. "It takes a little bit of time."

Source: CNN Wire Staff

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