Obama heckled, lashes out over DADT
President Barack Obama's stump speech last night at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's New York fundraiserwas interrupted by a heckler in the crowd chanting "don't ask, don't tell" in apparent frustration with the failed Senate vote earlier this week.
Obama's response? Don't blame us, blame the Republicans.
"A young man back there shouted 'don’t ask, don’t tell.' As President, I have said we’re going to reverse it," he told the crowd of supporters. "I got the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I got the Secretary of Defense to say that we’re going to reverse it."
"But hold on a second. Think about -- think about what happened in Congress two days ago where you got 56 Democrats voting to debate this issue, and zero Republicans. And as a consequence, some of those signs should be going up at the other folks’ events.
"And folks should be hollering at the other folks’ events because the choice in November could not be clearer. A choice about what you want for the next two years -- what you want the next two years to look like in this country."
Of course, Republicans in the Senate have been proudly touting their win this week, insisting it had less to do with the controversial "don't ask, don' t tell" law than unfair restrictions being placed on debate of a crucial defense budget bill.
Immediately after the vote, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accused Senate Democrats of pandering to the extreme left by burdening the defense bill with the "social experiment" of allowing gay troops to serve openly in the military.
The failed vote earlier this week puts into doubt whether a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" can pass this year, or even in the next few years.