White House recommits to DADT repeal

WHITE HOUSE RECOMMITS TO DADT REPEAL…. The official White House website updated some issue positions last week and appeared to soften its commitment to repealing the misguided “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The “civil rights” section of the site said the president supports “changing” the DADT policy, whereas it used to say Obama wants to “repeal” it.

Was this an error? A signal? A temporary shift?

Eric Umansky reports that, fortunately, the White House has addressed the questions by going back to the word “repeal.” (via Ryan Powers)

Yesterday afternoon, we noted our handy Changetracker tool had spotted some interesting changes on Whitehouse.gov. In particular, the call to “repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” had been replaced with softer language saying, President Obama “supports changing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security.”

Well, last night the White House reinserted language saying President Obama supports the “repeal” of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The new phrasing: “He supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and national security.”

Good. Now if the White House could follow up on this by actually moving forward on the repeal, that’d be great.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.