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One of the principle ways any person can establish trust is to say what they will do and then do it.  There are constituencies who have been hurt in the past or have legitimate reasons to be careful how freely they grant their trust.   When they say prove it.  Performance really is necessary.

President Obama has ignited the hopes of many people, it should be his pleasure to earn their trust with his performance.  Today we’ve taken a momentous step.  DOMA and ENDA are next and let’s see if we can get this done by first Congress of the second term.

Ladies and Gentleman The President of the United States of America Barack Obama on the repeal of DADT

Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend. By ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," 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.

As Commander-in-Chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known. And I join the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the overwhelming majority of service members asked by the Pentagon, in knowing that we can responsibly transition to a new policy while ensuring our military strength and readiness.

I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Senators Lieberman and Collins and the countless others who have worked so hard to get this done. It is time to close this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly. I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.

This man speaks for me.

Change we can believe in.

Originally posted to An Adept's Journey on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 03:36 PM PST.

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