Obama, Again, Fails to Recognize the Genocide

President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON–In his annual statement for April 24, President Obama, once again, failed to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide, instead using the classic euphemisms to characterize the events of 1915.

“President Obama continues to outsource his policy on the Armenian Genocide, effectively granting Turkey a veto over America’s response to this crime against humanity,” said Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian in a statement on Thursday.

Below is the White House statement on “Armenian Remembrance Day”:

Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern and honor those who perished in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. We recall the horror of what happened ninety-nine years ago, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, and we grieve for the lives lost and the suffering endured by those men, women, and children. We are joined in solemn commemoration by millions in the United States and across the world. In so doing, we remind ourselves of our shared commitment to ensure that such dark chapters of human history are never again repeated.

I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past. We continue to learn this lesson in the United States, as we strive to reconcile some of the darkest moments in our own history. We recognize and commend the growing number of courageous Armenians and Turks who have already taken this path, and encourage more to do so, with the backing of their governments, and mine. And we recall with pride the humanitarian efforts undertaken by the American Committee for Syrian and Armenian Relief, funded by donations from Americans, which saved the lives of countless Armenians and others from vulnerable communities displaced in 1915.

As we honor through remembrance those Armenian lives that were unjustly taken in 1915, we are inspired by the extraordinary courage and great resiliency of the Armenian people in the face of such tremendous adversity and suffering. I applaud the countless contributions that Armenian-Americans have made to American society, culture, and communities. We share a common commitment to supporting the Armenian people as they work to build a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous nation.

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Armenians everywhere, as we recall the horror of the Meds Yeghern, honor the memory of those lost, and reaffirm our enduring commitment to the people of Armenia and to the principle that such atrocities must always be remembered if we are to prevent them from occurring ever again

“It’s a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government’s gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation’s archives,” added Hamparian.

“The fact remains that any durable improvement in Armenian-Turkish relations will require that Ankara end its denials, accept its moral and material responsibilities, and agree to a truthful and just international resolution of this still unpunished crime against all humanity,” stated Hamparian.

“While we do note that the President chose to join in today’s national remembrance, we remain profoundly disappointed that he has, once again, retreated from his own promises and fallen short of the principled stand taken by previous presidents. For our part, we remain committed to aligning U.S. policy on the Armenian Genocide – and all genocides – with the core values and humanitarian spirit of the American people,” concluded Hamparian.

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24 Comments

  1. Russell Pollard said:

    A bare-faced peddler of vote winning statements is bad enough when its technicalities within the finance system, but to tell millions of Armenians that he will make a principled stance on such a core issue as the Genocide, and then walk away from it, when in office, is just cynical and mercenary. His humanity is just a vacuum of words bereft of any soul or significance.
    http://www.artsakh.org.uk

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    I’m not surprised. And nor did he mention the arbitration award by one of his predecessors.

  3. bigmoustache said:

    this sounds exactly like the speech last year. like theres some “Generic Armenian Genocide Speech” in the white house which they conveniently use every April 24. you have no honor Obama. this will be your legacy you liar.

  4. Sharkobal said:

    Very typical of Obama. Not recognizing our genocide. I can’t wait for the time when USA won’t need Turkey anymore. That time I think will be the time the US president finally recognizes the genocide and will think about pressuring Turkey to give us our lands back.

    • Yavrig said:

      Let’s not forget that it was the a committee of Allies at the end of WWI that officially gave Turkey our lands. The USA was part of that committee and Armenia was designated an American protectorate. It lost that status when it joined the USSR, which it did because the US wasn’t protecting it as it was meant to.

  5. PAUL BARDIZBANIAN said:

    THIS PRESIDENT HAS NO ZANKAAGS. NO SURPRISE HERE. HE IS NOT DOING ANY GOOD ON THIS ISSUE FOR EITHER TURKEY, ARMENIANS, AMERICANS OR THE REST OF THE WORLD!!

  6. bayrakiniyakan said:

    USA is the defender of criminal Genocidal of Turkey !
    Turkey & USA Genocidal nations enemy’s of Armenians !!
    Turkey & USA keeping Western Armenia under occupation !!!
    Turkey & USA ignoring the historical fact of the Armenian GENOCIDE !!!!

  7. Hratch said:

    Unless and until AIPAC gives the go ahead, nothing will change with the US position. No one can remove the gag rule without their blessing.

  8. Ohannes Boghossian said:

    i an just wondering if any Armenian was surprises from this white house
    i am wondering if any Armenian was excepting more from this white house
    or from US Congress and for the record in April 22 1981 Armenian Genocide
    was recognize by President Ronald Reagan Armenian Genocide was recognized
    1978 in US Congress when Charles Pashayan was Congressman from Fresno CA
    lets stop this clowns playing politic with Armenian Genocide lets go to the source
    Turkey

  9. Jacque said:

    Mr president
    Stop dancing around the truth and be a man of your word and except the Armenian Genocide for what it is.
    A GENOCIDE, nothing else.

  10. Jacque said:

    To add .
    How would you feel if someone says, what happened to African Americans was not SLAVERY just ownership.
    It would hurt I’m sure and you would be offended and angry, imagine if your president, says that how betrayed would you feel?
    That’s how millions of Armenian Americans feel today, angry and betrayed by their own president to whom they look up for justice.

  11. Lusik said:

    Three things will happen:

    A. Obama will never recognize the Armenian Genocide. Why? He doesn’t have to, first. He is not having a courage, second. And the third, Erdogan will not provide for him the text (have you noticed that Obama’s text is a paraphrase-copy of Erdogan’s “condolences”).

    B. Turks (people, not the government) will recognize the Armenian Genocide. Before even the Israel does.

    C. Armenians all over the world will make each bell ring in each Armenian church in the same instant on April 24, 2015` Գուցե Աստված արթնանա, այս անգամ:

  12. Silva Tufenkjian, Sydney Australia said:

    Well, how funny is that? and I am not surprised.
    Knowing the “AMERICAN DEMOCRACY” Mr Obama has told so many lies and this is not new to us.
    If he ever or the American Parliament recognizes the” Armenian Genocide” then there is a big trouble for USA and the Americans.
    Turkey will kick out the American ARMY BASE, because it belongs to ARMENIANS “WESTERN ARMENIANS” which is US the Armenians in Diaspora since 1915 and onwards.
    Turkey has got the balls of all kind to shut the American Parliaments mouth, that is why they are ALLIES, and together they are shutting their mouths because Turkey is scared if they accept the Genocide then they are going to pay back so many things, and of course America wouldn’t like to loose their ARMY bases, so they can BLOOD BATH TOGETHER, after all they are very good with lies and denials. Who cares what OBAMA says? OBAMA is a piece of CARTOON like a PUPPET for Turkey.
    My main concern is, where is the HUMANITY? how far can the UNITED NATIONS can SHUT THEIR EYES,EARS and MOUTH? and for how long? will they be the PUPPETS of these two CRIMINAL COUNTRIES?.

  13. John said:

    This is because he knows the primary agenda of Armenians. Compensation and land grab. With these 2 motivations, this makes it very difficult for me (as a neutral observer) to buy into this story of genocide.

    • Hratch said:

      I would advise you to read history first before you “buy” into anything……

  14. AraK said:

    Seriously guys, were you expecting something different? Just relax, next year it will be the same stupid speech.

  15. Raffi Bairamian said:

    President Obama SAY IT, SAY IT ” IT IS A GENOCIDE ” , say the truth and don’t be afraid, history remembers courageous leaders and curses the coward ones.For once put yourself in the shoes of the Armenian people and you’ll feel the insult that your caused to us by your last statement.

  16. Dr.Hermon Mihranian said:

    Obama must change his mind and recognize the Armenian Genocide. History will always remember the braves.

  17. arziv said:

    You have a higher probability of bumping your foot in a bag full of gold bars in Central Manhattan than expecting this Obama and others like him to acknowledge the genocide.

  18. Alex said:

    I am wondering if President Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter etc. would have the balls to ignore the Jewish holocaust? The Jewish lobby, Jewish Americans would teach them a good lesson! Armenians neither have that kind of money nor the political influence.

    Mr. Obama I voted for you are my president and I value your principals. But when it comes to the Armenian Genocide of 1915 I do not see why you have to make these “hollow” annual speeches. Just let it rest…

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