Armenians shocked by Obama’s words
In 2008, as part of his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised Americans of Armenian descent that he would, as President, he would recognize the Armenian Genocide. In a letter, from then candidate Obama, he wrote…
“my firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.”
Later in the same letter he promised…
“As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”
Today, April 24th, is the Armenian Remembrance day, and oddly enough, Obama has not used the word ‘genocide’ to describe the events of 1915 which resulted in the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
This should come as a big surprise because up until now all politicians have delivered on every single campaign promise. It is highly unusual that Obama would avoid using the word he promised he would just because Turkey (a close ally of the United States in the Middle East) has said that an official recognition by the United States would hamper relations.
This kind of stuff makes me wonder if Obama and Romney are, as part of their presidential campaign, just saying things people want to hear.