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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

O'Reilly to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Bill O'Reilly talking with Jay Leno...




Okay, okay: no one in his or her right mind would subject themselves to five seconds of this, much less five minutes. Let's call it "non-required viewing." All you need to know is that on Leno last night Bill O'Reilly called on President Obama to immediately stop the enforcement of DADT—something the president has had the power to do since the day he was sworn in. Nearly a hundred members of Congress have asked the president to stop enforcing DADT, Dan Choi has asked the president to stop enforcing DADT, John Aravosis at Americablog has demanded that the president stop enforcing DADT (and stop lying about having no choice but to enforce it), and I've pointed out that the president can order the military to stop enforcing DADT just every time I've been on cable news program yakking about Obama and gay rights. Here's what Bill said:

"President Obama has the power to stop this 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' business. Just sign an executive order. I don't know why it's taking so long—it's not fair. We should stop this nonsense."

So for the record: Bill O'Reilly is now to the left of President Obama on DADT. And President Obama is to the right of Dan Choi and Bill O'Reilly and John Aravosis and me.

Just typing that made my head explode. I'm going to go get a restorative cupcake now.

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