From the Seattle Spokesman-Review via Pam’s House Blend…
December 21, 2010 6:13 p.m. – Updated: 7:58 p.m.
Spokane nurse Margaret Witt had a huge surprise when she got off a flight for a quick day trip to Seattle Tuesday morning. She turned on her cell phone and found an e-mail invitation from the White House.
Was she available to attend President Barack Obama’s signing of the law eliminating “don’t ask, don’t tell” on Wednesday? Please reply by 11 a.m. Eastern.
She looked at her watch. It was 8:02 a.m. Pacific, or two minutes past the deadline. “Oh, no. Am I too late?” she wondered.
Witt is the decorated officer discharged from the Air Force Reserves in 2006 under the law that barred openly gay service members; she was ordered reinstated this fall by a federal judge in what could have been the death knell for the 1993 law if the ruling survived appeal. She was supposed to meet with her attorneys Tuesday, but the attorneys could wait.
Witt quickly typed that she’d be honored to attend if the invitation was still open. Yes, replied the White House. Please come.
Thanks you Margaret Witt and Margarethe Cammermeyer, who serve our country by their nursing skills and even more, by their integrity.