April 23rd, 2009
01:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama honors Holocaust victims, calls for confrontation of evil

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The free people of the world must use the lessons of the Holocaust to confront evil, President Barack Obama said Thursday during the Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

"We know that evil has yet to run its course on Earth," Obama said, later adding, "May each of renew our resolve to do what must be done."

"We have the opportunity to make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other, to commit ourselves to resisting injustice and intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tell lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur. That is my commitment as president, I hope that is yours as well."

Obama spoke at the annual remembrance of Nazi Germany's execution of approximately 6 million Jews during World War II. This year's theme for the commemoration established by Congress is "Never Again: What You Do Matters."

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  1. RealityKing

    Funny that, democrats gutting the US military budget while Obama calls for a confrontation with evil. How progressive...

    April 23, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Stop talking and get to work, then, Mr.President. There is plenty of evil out there in the Middle East, an you are doing NOTHING.

    April 23, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Irma in North Carolina

    The most evil person in this country now is the former vice president. Lets hope him and his gang will be punish for the torture they ordered.

    April 23, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. ray ray

    Is anyone completely blown away by this man's hypocrisy???

    Obama gives a rousing speech about confronting the "evils" in rememberance of the Holocaust.... yet wants to invite the new Hitler (Ahmadinejad) to tea?

    Hamas has vowed to wipe Israel off the map. What does Obama do? Give Palestine (Hamas in control) $1 Billion.

    The man is psychotic and you followers are worse than the Jim-Jones cult worshippers who forced their children to drink kool-aid.

    April 23, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    How sensitive and kind of you sir. You show us every day why we made the best choice in electing you.

    April 23, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    That's wonderful, we MUST NEVER FORGET!

    Its the fascist mentality of the far-right-GOPers that concerns me the most. They keep spewing their lies, hate, fear and division, just like the Nazis did in Germany. Sadly, many people fall prey to the lies, of the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh to name a few.

    That's how the Nazis gained power, they repeated their lies over and over and over until people started to believe them!

    God help us IF America falls for the lies being told by the far-right-GOPers!

    April 23, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Danny from DC

    Great Guy , Great Ideas but one piece of advice ...

    Don't get too close to Jews OR Islam – BOTH of them are dangerous!!

    Islam – Largely illiterate and Ignorant ( LOT of educated folks STILL believe that Birth control is a sin and against the religion). Blinded by faith and could do ANYTHING (Murder people to achieve goals based on religious beliefs).
    Jews – Very Smart people but very selfish and very aggressive in achieving their goals (truly silent killers, if you will)

    April 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    This was pretty good article...and like days of old the story must be told and retold...it's lessons of history to remember not to do again..and to be warned of what is possible without insight.

    April 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This sounds like a warning to Iran.

    April 23, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Brian Wilson

    I wonder what Obama's good buddy Ahmadinejad thinks about Obama calling him a liar?

    April 23, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. sean

    It's also taking pace in Palestine

    April 23, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Operation Crush Rush

    Well said Mr. President.

    April 23, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Tom Paine

    Confrontation of evil?!?! Obama's good at shaking hands with evil, but that's about it.

    April 23, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Fitty Scents

    OH-OH here we go again,

    I see were the mag. is going with the touch up. It simply makes OBama
    look whiter. Nothing else seems to have changed.

    It is shameful, wonder if any others can see the difference.

    April 23, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. just another "arrogant" American

    Whatever.... Democrats don't believe in evil, or right/wrong for that matter. They would rather think of terrorists as "freedom fighters" and go easy on them so that they're not uncomfortable. Idiotic if you ask me.

    By the way Mr. President, is cozying up to KNOWN dictators like Chavez and apologizing for American "arrogance" the lesson you learned from the Holocaust? Go back through your history books, and you will see that warm smiles and friendly handshakes will NEVER stop the madmen of the world.

    April 23, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Dave

    Well then the first thing he needs to do is confront his administration and the last one. And it can also go back to daddy Bush. They have all steered us to bigger, more dominant federal government and have plans that would seem to emulate the Third Reich.

    April 23, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Emily

    I am happy to hear that the President says he is committed to ending the atrocities in Darfur. These people need help. Innocent men, women, children, and even babies are getting tortured and killed. Something needs to be done!

    April 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Mike in NYC

    CNN's gone pretty heavy on civil rights and Holocaust stories lately.

    Sure, the whole world was responsible for Rwanda and Darfur. Gotta prep the folk for the upcoming "humanitarian interventions."

    Better to use the military for that than, say, patrolling our borders. Nice to know our priorities are straight.

    April 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Veronica

    You are great, Sir!

    April 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Okay, Mr. President,

    Why don't you call out Ma-Mood Wheres-my-dinner-jacket out on the carpet?

    April 23, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Well said, now why did you not say that when you were in Turkey. They did the same thing to the Armenians and to this day act as if it never happened. This is just as bad as when Iran dose it with regard to the holocaust.

    April 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Confrontation of Evil? Great!!! Start with the Bush, Cheney and their Cabinet and work your way down!!!

    April 23, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Sara

    Like former President Reagan, President Obama chose honesty over convenience when he repeatedly pledged to recognize the Armenian Genocide. As one of hundreds of thousands of Americans of Armenian descent, I know President Obama is including the Armenian Genocide when he refers to "confronting those who tell lies about history."

    Being held back by fear of blackmail by the Turkish government is unfit for a country as great as the United States of America. Can anyone honestly imagine siding with Germany had it denied the Holocaust? Beacuse that is what Turkey is doing now – denying world history. Thankfully, historians and countries across the world are standing for what's right.

    I pray that President Obama has the courage to continue to speak the truth about ALL cases of genocide.

    April 23, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. eholl

    I wish he would stop using the word "evil" to describe things. It reminds me too much of George Bush.

    April 23, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Obama neither honors holocaust victims nor confronts evil.

    April 23, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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