Obama: Mike Mullen’s Testimony Was The ‘Tipping Point’ For Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

President Obama praised Adm. Mike Mullen — the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — for leading the charge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, during a farewell ceremony this morning. “History will record that the tipping point towards this progress came when the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went before Congress and told the nation that it was the right thing to do,” Obama said. “Mike, your legacy will endure in a military that is stronger and also in a nation that is more just.” Watch it:

In February 2010, Mullen testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and said: “Mr. Chairman, speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” “For me, personally, it comes down to integrity — theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”