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Obama signed the DADT repeal into law this morning, in front of a huge crowd of over 500 gay military, activists and supporters chanting “Yes we can!” Upon taking the stage, the president let his emotions about the bill show through, remarking, "This is a good day. I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day. And I want to thank all of you.” He went on to thank members of the Pentagon and Congress for their efforts in the bill's repeal, and reiterated that the repeal is an important step for national security. Obama also emphasized the historical significance of what's to come. "There will never be a full accounting of the heroism demonstrated by gay Americans in service to this country," he said. "As the first generation to serve openly in our armed services, you will stand for all those who came before you, and you will serve as role models for all those who will come after you."

In his introduction for the president, Joe Biden commented, “By signing this bill, you will be linking military might with an abiding sense of justice.”

For a full rundown, check Politico's liveblog of the events. Go to TPM for a slideshow of the proceedings.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 22, 2010, 4:11am

 
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