Barack Obama inherits an economy that is slowly sinking, severe problems in Afghanistan and with Pakistan which makes most unlikely he will take the gay armed forces issue head on. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network which supports gay rights expects Obama to work slowly on this issue. As far as the Network is concerned, they are quite willing to “get it done in the next Congress.” The recent announcement by over a 100 retired generals and admirals urging acceptance of gay members of the military will help in persuading top level leaders to change the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
The best policy for Obama is to ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff to study the issue and give him a recommendation. This most likely would lead to a repeal and it would sail through Congress if it was based on a Joint Chiefs recommendation.