Being The President Is Complicated, Often By The Truth

It was presidential candidate Barack Obama who last fall loudly declared that “America deserves a president who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide” — promising, “I will be that president.”

He even wrote then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blasting the recall of an ambassador to Turkey who’d used the term “genocide” to describe the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

The Turks, not surprisingly, blame the deaths on fighting during World War I.

But, as candidate Obama wrote: “The occurrence of the Armenian genocide in 1915 is not an ‘allegation,’ a ‘personal opinion’ or a ‘point of view.’ Supported by overwhelming evidence, it is a widely documented fact.”

Well, that was then.

Yesterday, President Obama released the annual White House statement for Armenian Remembrance Day, which commemorates the atrocity. And nowhere in that statement does the word “genocide” appear.

Just as he very pointedly refused to use the word earlier this month during a press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

“I want to focus not on my views right now, but on the views of the Turkish and Armenian people” as the two nations hold talks, he said then.

In yesterday’s statement, Obama issued a bland call to re-examine the past, “so that it can better be understood.”

So much for America deserving “a president who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide.”

NY Post

Obviously, the president does not want to do anything that would alienate Turkey, whose good will and active cooperation Washington sees as critical to US interests in the Middle East.

So is Obama a hypocrite? Maybe so.

But it’s a telling lesson that actually being president is a lot more complicated than running for the job.


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