Tuesday, June 23, 2009

White House Has No Plans to Address Inflammatory Arguments in DOMA Brief

In a White House press briefing Monday, Press Secretary Gibbs fielded some questions regarding the DOMA brief and White House Staff Secretary Lisa Brown's remarks regretting the arguments made in the brief.

Q Robert, on the issue of the DOMA brief, one of your colleagues over the weekend, Lisa Brown, said that she didn't think some of the language that was in that brief should have been in there. Can you clarify from last week whether that brief was clear here at the White House, whether it represents the White House's view?

MR. GIBBS: Lisa is the Staff Secretary. You didn't ask her?

Q It wasn't a press conference; it was a panel discussion. But can you clarify whether it was cleared --

MR. GIBBS: I don't know the answer to that.

Q And do you know if there is any discussion underway about maybe modifying it or changing it?

MR. GIBBS: Not that I'm aware of.

I wouldn't expect the Administration or the DOJ to modify the brief. That would completely undermine their authority. However, a public statement addressing the thorny arguments in the brief would be a step in the right direction, or an explanation behind the logic in using them.


  1. It is possible that obama doesnt have total controll over those in the justice department and its also possible if not probable that there are still some bush cronies within the justice department but that would then beg the question of why obama didnt speak out against their words ?
    I think we need to keep a very close watch on our president....

  2. It is possible. In an earlier post I mentioned that possibility, and I said that it raises many other questions about the Administration -

    "...how did such an important federal brief touching on one of the biggest social issues facing our country get passed him? I don't know what's worse - that the brief expresses Obama's views or that it's an indication of reprehensible mismanagement."

    So I agree, we need to keep a very close watch on our president. But then again, that's our job.