Yesterday, in my post about the Senate’s passing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “repeal,” I wrote:
I’ve heard plenty of folks ready to give President Obama credit for being so committed (and even spending political capital) to make this happen. I’m not sure I’m inclined to agree anymore than I gave him credit for signing the hate crimes bill last year. If he was actively calling Senators this month, it’d be nice to know about it. He didn’t even make a public appearance to comment on today’s passage.
Well, ask and ye shall receive:
President Barack Obama makes Congressional calls from the Oval Office before today’s final Senate vote repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Did he make any calls before the day of the vote? I think there still might be reason to be skeptical, but at least he made calls at the last minute.