DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL officially ended. President Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, formally issued their certification to the Armed Services committees of both houses of Congress, signifying that the military was ready for the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell which was being called the “transition.” The act expired in 60 days, as prescribed (for no reason that can be determined other than spitefulness) in the law passed by Congress and signed by the President.