According to press pool reports, President Obama was at the White House today (Sat., June 27). I hope he heard the noise from the protest organized by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). The group collected 265 buttons, symbolizing the 265 servicemembers who have been discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell since Obama took office, for delivery to the President.
As we all know, the President committed to ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeatedly during the primaries and general election. But, it hasn't happened. Nothing has. As Obama said on his campaign website:
America is ready to get rid of the Don't Ask, Dont Tell policy. All that is required is leadership.Leadership. Yes. It is needed.
It's really quite sad that SLDN has to protest to get the attention of the White House. But, we are where we are and this White House needs pressure. If you haven't called yet, the number is 202-456-1414. Tell Obama to end the DADT policy -- he has the power. Yes, we want a legislative repeal, but Obama can stop the discharges NOW. He is the leader.
Here's a video with several scenes, too: