Washington, DC —
President Barack Obama on Thursday told supporters attending a gay fundraiser that at least three Marines recently thanked him for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is the policy that barred gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. The policy officially ended on September 20.
The president made his remarks while attending a fundraiser held in the home of Karen Dixon and Dr. Nan Schaffer of Washington, D.C.
According to a White House pool report, roughly 40 people attended the fundraiser, which raised $1,432,000 for the Obama for America campaign.
Obama was introduced by Laura Ricketts, the openly gay owner of the Chicago Cubs.
"The work that we've done with the LGBT community, I think, is just profoundly American," he told the crowd.
On DADT, Obama said that none of the warnings of opponents have come to pass.
"Because we did it methodically – since it happened, nothing's happened," he said. "There hasn't been any notion of erosion in unit cohesion."
He added that while in Hawaii he worked out at the Marine base, where at least three Marines thanked him for ending the policy.
"At least three times that I was at that gym, people came up, very quietly, to say, you know what, thank you for ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"
"I didn't even know whether or not they were gay or lesbian. I didn't ask. That wasn't the point. The point was these were outstanding Marines who appreciated the fact that everybody was going to be treated fairly."