During the campaign, Candidate Obama promised anything to anybody just to get votes, and in many of those cases those promises have already been broken. Today broken promise was made to the Armenian Community. During the campaign he made a firm vow that he would be the first president to label the 1915 massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks “genocide,” a move that would infuriate our allies in Turkey, but something of great importance to the Armenian Community.
He was so firm on the promise that he had adviser Samantha Power make a video promising that as president, Obama would keep to his word (see above)
Today Obama issued a written statement on Armenian Remembrance Day, calling the killings of more than 1.5 million people as “one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.”Notice that the key word was missing?
Instead, he used the Armenian term for the killings, “Meds Yeghern” which has been variously translated as “The Great Calamity” or “Great Disaster.” The term predates the use of the word “genocide” but is sometimes used by Armenians to refer to the killings.
Obama said reckoning with the past was the best way for the Turkish and Armenian people to work through their “painful history” in a “way that is honest, open and constructive.”
During his election campaign, Obama said in a speech that he had stood with the Armenian American community in calling for Turkey’s acknowledgement of the “Armenian Genocide.”
Despite bowing to diplomatic convention, Obama said in his statement issued on Friday that he had not changed his mind.
“I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed. My interest remains the achievement of a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts.”…
…The Armenian Assembly of American complained that Obama had “failed to deliver on the change he promised.”
“Empty promises are no change at all,” said Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.
Turkey, which Obama visited on his first overseas trip this month, categorically rejects the use of the word genocide, which is officially recognized by France and Canada as well as the European Parliament. Source
To be honest I cannot tell you what the right thing for the President to have done. Killing 1 Million plus innocents is genocide, but Turkey is an important ally and we don’t want to upset them. But he should have thought of that before he made the promise. What I know for certain, this is one more example of President Obama breaking a campaign promise, I wonder which one he will break next.