After the speech, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) praised Obama's message on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, despite its brevity. He called Obama's take on the issue in the address "courageous."
"You only need one sentence for the military leaders in this country to hear their commander and chief," Weiner told reporters.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a non-profit devoted to defending gay and lesbian service personnel from discrimination and harassment connected to the 'Dont Ask, Don't Tell' rule, put out a statement on Obama's comments about gays in the military before Obama had finished delivering the speech.
"We applaud the President tonight for his call to Congress to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' this year," said Paul DeMiglio, communications director for SLDN. He called on Obama to include a repeal of the rule in the next defense budget bill, which he said was "probably the only and best moving bill where DADT can be killed this year."
"What is also needed is more attention and leadership to win repeal," DeMiglio said. "The American public, including conservatives, is overwhelmingly with the commander in chief on this one."