For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide
April 24th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
8 months ago

For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

(CNN) – 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.

"It's a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government's gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation's archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.

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  1. O'drama ya Mama

    This is stupid. They are mad because he hasnt used the word "genocide" in 6 years.

    April 24, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    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.
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    Sorry, you got conned by Obama just like the rest of the country did with Obamacare. Obama is not only our first black president, he is our first patholigical liar president.

    April 24, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Barack Obama hasn't condemned America for not living up to its' promise of 40 acres and a mule, either. Here's my problem. Why hasn't this issue made political headlines under previous presidents like it has under Barack Obama? Nothing against Armenians, but it starting to look like some Armenians have a gripe with Obama.

    April 24, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Donna

    O'drama ya Mama
    This is stupid. They are mad because he hasnt used the word "genocide" in 6 years
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    No, they are mad because OBAMA LIED TO THEM.

    April 24, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    Why hasn't this issue made political headlines under previous presidents like it has under Barack Obama?
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    previous presidents didn't court these people and make promises they didn't keep. more obama lies coming home to rooast.

    April 24, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Barack Obama hasn't condemned America for not living up to its' promise of 40 acres and a mule, either. Here's my problem. Why hasn't this issue made political headlines under previous presidents like it has under Barack Obama? Nothing against Armenians, but it starting to look like some Armenians have a gripe with Obama.
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    He did go back on his word. But seriously, this has been on Politifacts since day 1 – not a big discovery.
    I think it is a case of conservative reporters running around after brain-trust Cliven Bundy made conservatives soil themselves, saying quick find SOMEthing on Obama quick.

    April 24, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Breaking: sometimes the practical realities of diplomacy are unfortunate. Story at 10.

    April 24, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Simple man say ? A man is only as good as his word ! I know wmd's right ?

    April 24, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. smith

    Not sure about this one. If Obama did promise to acknowledge the genocide and didn`t, that`s sad. However, I haven`t these people griping the last five years, why now?

    April 24, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. ToraFetah

    Hyprocrite.

    April 24, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Harold Read

    Obama keep a promise?
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    Hahahahahah!

    April 24, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Tony D

    They obviously didn't contribute enough campaign cash like the LBGT community that got Obama to "evolve" on his gay marriage position just in time to reel in tens of millions in campaign contributions to the Democrats. Sorry, this is the Armenians fault for not knowing how to play the Obama/Democrat Cash For Favors game. live and learn.

    April 24, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Lizzie

    Get over it, He doesn't need your vote anymore.

    April 24, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Who cares?

    April 24, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "We'll be greeted as liberators."

    April 24, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |