October 21st, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Lt. Dan Choi to Obama: 'You have lost my trust'

Lt. Dan Choi, the Army National Guard discharged for being gay, and spokesman for Knights Out, reacts on American Morning to the Obama Administration’s blocking of a court decision that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

Watch what he has to say about senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett's comments earlier on American Morning.

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  1. my

    so what he bad mouth the president he doesnt have to agree with him but it was ok to badmouth bush freedom of speech

    October 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MichelleZ

    WhiteKong78: That was an excellent metaphor! Easily understood and to the point (& funny too) without all of the endless paragraphs of blah blah blah! I couldn't have said it better myself. I like the way your mind works!

    October 22, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sesiente

    People need to realize that DADT was passed through an act of Congress and so cannot be repealed with the stroke of a pen by the President.

    October 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ozzi

      There were plenty of opportunities during the Clinton administration to fix this and the Democrats didn't want to do it.

      The Democrats want to keep gay rights on the table as a bargaining chip since they lost the unions, environmental, women, black, and Latino votes.

      Frankly, I see this as a red herring.

      October 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thai-Duong Nguyen

      Then the President can't claim that he's working to get it repealed. Sorry but you can't have it both ways.

      October 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diogenes

    Do not worry Dan. He has also lost the trust of most of the 98% of the population straight people in this country too

    October 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Outsider

    Lt. Choi should understand that Pres Obama is fighting for him. The president is doing whatever he can to end DADT or to diminish its effect on the the gay people serving the military. Already the Defense secretary has signalled that only the the top brass in the the military will have the final say when dismissing suspected gays in the military making it more difficult for gays to be dismissed. And who could be behind it if NOT Pres Obama. He is waiting for the right time so that congress could repeal the law. That's why Lt. Choi should actually campaigh to vote for more Democrats in the House and a filibuster proof Democratic senate to ensure of the repeal. Because only Pres Obama and the Dems fight for him and for minority rights. The court is not the right venue to end it because eventhough this case is won in lower court, it can be appealed in the Supreme court and what happens when a majority of the supreme court justices are Republican appointed. The ruling could be reversed and done. This route could be best if you know you have enough open minded justices sitting in the Supreme Court, but you don't and everbody knows that. The government is obliged to defend the law of the land whether it likes it or not, the reason for the appeal. Lt. should should know better. The Senate has taken a vote already and all the Dems voted for the repeal but they lost. . Now go out and take back what you've said and apologize to the President and campaign for Dems more vigorously.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ozzi

      Democrats are two-faced. They always have been. They don't march lock step to the tune of equal rights.
      Democrats have had several occasions to repeal DADT and they wouldn't (check Sam Numm). Obama just wants a second-term to get nothing done except create havoc within the country.

      October 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pkb

    Sorry about that Lt Dan!! Guess what, the statistics show that gays as a group vote Republican. You tell me why gays vote against their own interests. They cry to the Democrats for help. The statistics show that the gay community in America supports Republicans. Republicans don't support gay rights. Why should Republicans care? You vote for them anyway. Get a life!

    October 23, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ozzi

      I remember the Log Cabin Republicans.

      People need to rally and take the Republicans back.

      October 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ozzi

    Take Back the Republicans, Log Cabin!!!

    October 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uncle Zeus

    Dan Choi,

    I've listened to your story and sided with you. No more. The Democrats are the only ones who would want to see you return to the military. Have you never listened to Fox News and O'Reilly. The other parties (R, T), would rather see you in jail, neutered, and in a psychiatric hospital for "retraining".

    So now, you didn't like the way this is playing out so you bite the hand ...
    You're a fool. I do hope your next job is at Walmart stocking shelves and I hope you make a lifetime career out of it.

    October 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Ferdinand

    I'm calling a Whanna-bulence for Lt Choi because he can't get his way

    We should leave the Military and the code of conduct alone!

    Congress should be the branch of Government to make a change if it so chooses.
    Otherwise I think "Dont Ask Dont Tell" is a good policy!

    Why should Lt. Choi have a platform on CNN to his opinion.
    I also believe that I George "THE AUTO WORKER" should be able to appear on CNN and have my platform also!

    Lt. Choi needs to read this article:

    on why President Obama had to do what he has done this week.


    October 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam

    It seems to me that the question of "Nature" vs "Nuture" has not been answered sufficiently for everyone. If the answer truly is "Nature" then the argument to repeal "DADT' has merit but if the answer is "Nuture" and we are talking about whether the military can enforce or restrict certain behaviors, then shouldn't these decisions stay within the hands of those charged with leading our armed forces over the long term (not just 4-8 years)?

    Here is one article that tries to address the issue: http://www.trueorigin.org/gaygene01.asp.

    I am sure that there are others from both sides.

    October 24, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. april

    @ Mike.... "Your lazy and uneducated" you stated on 10/21 @ 10:57am
    Try "YOU'RE lazy and uneducated" YOU'RE = YOU ARE
    And you are calling someone ELSE UNEDUCATED ?!?!?!? wow....

    October 25, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
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