At several fundraising events last spring,
President Obama found himself the target of hecklers yelling over “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell”. Overturning the military’s policy on gays openly serving was an
early campaign promise of candidate Obama. And with his left flank
pushing for action, Obama made it part of January’s State of the Union
address. That little bit of time ended up being an additional seven months, with
the Senate vote Saturday sending the repeal to President Obama’s desk.
In a week where Obama was fending off criticism from liberal supporters
over the compromise on tax cut extensions, the president was able to
live up to deliver a victory to the left.  “No longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of
patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of
exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will
many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the
country they love”, he said.

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