CNN Slams Obama’s Failure to Recognize Genocide

NEW YORK—On April 24, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper reported on President Barack Obama’s dramatic retreat from his pledge – for the sixth year in a row – to properly characterize the murder of 1.5 million Armenians as “genocide.”

Using video of then Senator Obama,and Samantha Power’s campaign pitch for the President in 2008, Tapper concluded that the facts once characterized by Obama as undeniable, are in fact, for the President “quite deniable.”

“For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally,” Tapper wrote in an article.

The disappointment from Armenian-Americans is all the more profound because not only did then-Senator Obama promise to call the massacre a “genocide,” he held up his willingness to do so as an example of why he was the kind of candidate the nation needed, noting as a presidential candidate that in 2006 he had criticized then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for firing U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans “after he properly used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Turkey’s slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. I shared with Secretary Rice 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.”

“The facts are undeniable,” Obama said then, though today he denied them.

“America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides,” he said in 2008. “I intend to be that president.”

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  1. Armenian said:

    I was truly shocked when I saw this, mostly because it was an example of CNN not covering that missing airliner.

    I’ll take any small victory we can get.

  2. Danoog said:

    America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides,” he said in 2008. “I intend to be that president.”

    What a clown this man has become.

  3. Vindicated Man said:

    CNN didn’t place this news on its front page. So I wouldn’t really call this an improvement over what they did on the Genocide commemoration date last year. (If you recall, these journalistic geniuses published a piece of anti-Armenian gossip.)

  4. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Armenians in Paris burned Turkish Flag:
    Their flag is full of Armenian innocents blood
    and their crescent are scimitars…
    created to slay Armenians…!!!
    and the stars are innocent Arab people
    They are trying once again to slave Arabs and take their wealth…
    and narrate…their ugly proverbs about them …!!!
    To say they are lazy useless race …
    They took from them Quran al mubeen…
    and their Alphabet and changed later to Latin …
    Because they can’t create even their own alphabet…
    still wants Arabs to be Turks …
    [“Tattreek in Arabic” =Turkify them]
    like the two million hidden Armenians…now living in Turkey… !!!
    Change their identity completely Religion, Culture, Ethnicity…
    They are trying to gain their identity but till when…!!!
    Sylva~MD~Poetry
    April 27, 2014

    Don’t remove please,
    let us educate young Turks
    who deny our genocide…
    and confabulate stories against unlucky Armenians…
    Thanks
    SP

  5. PAUL BARDIZBANIAN said:

    JAKE GETS MY VOTE. WE NEED MANY MORE LIKE HIM. AS BOB HOPE WOULD SAY ” THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”” FROM TURKEY TO TODAY. THE SINS OF 1915 ARE DESTINED TO BRING TURKEY GRIEF UNTIL THEY FACE UP TO THE FACTS AND STOP THE GENOCIDE CONTINUING BY BEING IN DENIAL.

  6. Hayastan said:

    1926, August 1: In an interview with the Los Angeles Examiner, Atatürk stated that the remainders of the Young Turk government should be held accountable for the Armenian Genocide. “These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule”, he said.[4][5]

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