I reasonably can see “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” eliminated... I would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obviously, there are so many issues that a member of the Joint Chiefs has to deal with, and my paramount obligation is to get the best possible people to keep America safe. But I think there’s increasing recognition within the Armed Forces that this is a counterproductive strategy -- ya know, we’re spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn’t make us more safe, and what I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology.
So, he can "see" doing it, it's just the ACTUAL doing it with which he seems to have problems.
As a bonus, here is something else Candidate Obama said in this interview when asked this questions:
What event or person has most affected your perceptions of or relationship to the LGBT community?
Somebody else who influenced me, I actually had a professor at Occidental -- now, this is embarrassing because I might screw up his last name -- Lawrence Goldyn, I think it was. He was a wonderful guy. He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come in contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with. And he was just a terrific guy. He wasn’t proselytizing all the time (emphasis mine), but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues.
Oh, yes, we LGBT people are practically missionaries. So glad this one professor didn't "proselytize" his students, or push his "gay-ness" on them. What a guy. I'm sure it was difficult for him since, you know, that's just how we are. Ahem.
And people wonder why I have said all along that Obama is not our friend? Because he is not.
Here is the story of one highly decorated pilot:
Here is a follow-up to Lt. Col. Fehrenbach's story:
Did you catch the very beginning, the ways in which someone can have a service member investigated in both videos? Shocking. Just shocking.
As is the lack of any action whatsoever by Obama on this issue. Sure he gave a talk to the (sell out) HRC a month or so ago, claiming, once again, that he would abolish DADT at some point. But that's just talk. Here is what President Obama has done thus far on this issue:
How many more broken promises before DADT is abolished? One thing is for sure. On the Eve of Veteran's Day, there are too many new Veterans as a result of this law. 500 too many.