28 May 2009

2847) Unethical Bribery To Deal With A Presidential Candidate To Vote For Him In Exchange Of "Offer(ing)

To: Slate Magazine

Dear Friends,

Isn't it an obvious unethical bribery to deal with a Presidential Candidate to vote for him in exchange of "offer(ing) any high-level administration position to an Armenian-(American)"?

Since which date are the American Presidents making appointments according to race? Do the Armenians want Mr. Obama to be racist, while he came to his position through an anti-racist struggle?
. . .

name withheld pending confirmation

Ref: Letter: Confused about Obama’s Actions

Dear Editor,

Before his election, President Obama established a reputation as one of the most pro-Armenian candidates for the U.S. presidency in recent times. He made a firm pledge that he would recognize the Armenian Genocide and continue to aid Armenia. He also stated that he would stand with the Armenians everywhere with a sense of friendship, solidarity, and deep respect. He displayed a rare ability to reach out to our community, which overwhelmingly and enthusiastically embraced him.

However, I am confused and disturbed about his recent statements and actions reneging on his earlier pledges. Furthermore, to this day President Obama has not offered any high-level administration position to an Armenian-American among the hundreds of appointments made thus far. Are there no capable Armenians to serve this country?

As a firm supporter of President Obama on many issues of concern to our country, I am disappointed by his stand on Armenian issues. The last well-known Armenian-American to serve the administration was Edward Djeredjian. Among his list of credentials was serving as assistant secretary of state on Near East affairs in both the Bush Senior and Clinton administrations, and as ambassador to Syria and Israel.

Regrettably, Obama’s recent decisions vis-a-vis the 1.5 million-strong Armenian American community are bothersome. All we are getting from him at this stage of his presidency are alarming signals that point to his support of the Turkish/Azeri view in negotiations with Turkey and Armenia. In fact, he has alienated very many in our community by failing to hold to his promises. I simply cannot defend his record on Armenian issues to my Republican friends much longer.

name withheld pending confirmation


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