obama soldiersDuring a background briefing for Hill staff today, White House aides reportedly signaled President Obama could make a “surprise” announcement about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during tonight’s State of the Union speech, GayPolitics has learned.

“I want to leave some surprises for the President and can’t go into greater detail about that,” an aide responded when asked about what the president plans to say about the military ban.  Earlier this week Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said the Pentagon had requested he delay hearings about the policy until after the president’s speech.