On Jan. 19, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said, “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.”
On April 6, 2009, President Obama met with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara. After the meeting, during a joint press conference, Obama was asked about his promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In his answer, he carefully avoided using the term “genocide,” and said, “My VIEWS are on the record and I have not changed VIEWS.” He went on to say, “I want to focus not on my VIEWS right now, but on the VIEWS of the Turkish and Armenian people. If they can move forward and deal with a difficult and tragic history, then I think the entire world should encourage that.”
Had Obama discovered a brilliant way to anger the Armenians (and anyone who believes in the truth) the least, while pleasing Turkey the most? A way that his predecessors simply weren’t smart enough to discover?
It seems he thought he had.
Because on April 24, 2009, in his statement on Armenian Remembrance Day, Obama again avoided the term “genocide” and said, “I have consistently stated my own VIEW of what occurred in 1915, and my VIEW of that history has not changed.”
Someone needs to point out to the president that if he initially said the Armenian Genocide “is not…a point of view,” and now he says he has not changed his views on 1915, then he, in fact, considers the Armenian Genocide “a view” and has, therefore, changed his views.
Can anyone in the Obama Administration print out this short note and give it to the president? He might want to review his views on his—unchanged—views.