23 October 2010
Barack Obama has a long track record of commemorating the Armenian Genocide, has spoken compellingly of the moral imperative of U.S. condemnation of this crime against humanity, and has publicly pledged several times, in clear and forceful language, to fully and properly recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Obama Presidential Campaign:
1)January 19, 2008 Obama campaign statement outlining Barack Obama’s views on the importance of U.S.-Armenia relations, including his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
2)September 21, 2008 Obama campaign statement from Barack Obama celebrating Armenian Independence Day.
3)October 31, 2008 Obama campaign fact sheet reaffirming Barack Obama’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
United States Senate:
1)April 18, 2005 Senate sign-on letter, signed by Senator Obama, urging President Bush to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
2)April 20, 2006 Senate sign-on letter, signed by Senator Obama, . . urging President Bush to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
3)July 28, 2006 letter from Senator Obama to Secretary Rice concerning the firing of Ambassador Evans, which includes strong language in support of Armenian Genocide recognition.
4)June 19, 2008 responses to Senator Obama’s written questions to Ambassador to Armenia-designate Marie Yovanovitch.
5)April 28, 2008 U.S. Senate floor statement in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
6)June 16, 2008 constituent email response text to Illinois resident (and ANCA Chairman) Ken Hachikian in support of Armenian Genocide recognition.
7)April 12, 2007 YouTube video of Senator Obama during a public Capitol Hill constituent meeting, during which he stated: “For those who aren’t aware there was a genocide that did take place against the Armenian people. It is one of these situations where we have seen a constant denial on part of the Turkish Government and others that this occurred.”
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