"President Obama does, in fact, have stroke-of-the-pen authority to suspend gay discharges." Y'know, if he does (and I can find no mention of any such power in the Constitution), I have nothing but sympathy for those poor guys. It seems like it might hurt. Plus it's a totally unwarranted and improper intrusion on people's private moments. Also, you'd think it would make their eyes bug out.
Okay, enough. The actual issue is one to which there is no safe response from the Oval Office; whatever he does, if he addresses the specific incident at all, a lot of people will be outraged. Anybody wanna bet on the lapdog White House Press Corps asking about it? Thought not.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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