Obama Avoids Armenian ‘Genocide’

    US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum April 23, 2012 in Washington, DC.  President Obama toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum before speaking about the Atrocities Prevention Board the Holocaust, and contemporary conflicts.   AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    President Obama is getting heat for his speech honoring Armenian Remembrance Day. The president avoided mentioning the word “genocide” for the fourth year in a row, despite having vowed as a presidential candidate to acknowledge it. In a statement, the chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America voiced his feelings of betrayal, condemning the president and saying his “pledge to recognize the Armenian genocide stands as a stark lie.” While Obama emphasized that his “view of history has not changed” and applauded diplomacy efforts between Armenians and Turks, his speech was criticized by the other side as well, with the Turkish ambassador in Washington calling the president’s statement “wrongful” and “distorted.”

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