It’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. If you can take a moment, read about it —history repeats, especially when we don’t remember it. 🇦🇲
— Jen Aprahamian (@jennifermarie) April 24, 2017
Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. And, after eight years of President Obama refusing to call it a genocide, Samantha Power, his ambassador to the U.N. is finally speaking up:
I am very sorry that, during our time in office, we in the Obama administration did not recognize the #Armenian Genocide
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) April 24, 2017
Poor Samantha. We’re sure that she and the rest of the administration had a very good reason for staying silent.
— Ken Vincent (@kennethv_123) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower Why did you not speak out? There was no lack of opportunity.
— AndTriumphToo (@NortonLoverPNW) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower Can you elaborate on why you didn't, esp. since you issued appeals to Armenian-American voters saying Obama would?
— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) April 24, 2017
No, she can’t. Just know that she’s really, really sorry, you guys.
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) April 24, 2017
— BT (@B_Touch21) April 24, 2017
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower Why didn't you?
I don't mean the administration. I mean *you*. Why didn't you speak truth to power?
— Okay okay. I'm back! (@JimmieWrites) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower It's not like it was a secret.
— John Poulos (@johnpoulos) April 24, 2017
— Elise Terry (@elisecterry) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower and by "sorry" you mean "we deliberately avoided it by policy"
— Christopher R Taylor (@KestrelArts) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower This is more insulting 2 our ppl than 8 yrs of ignoring our requests.U sacrificed ur own conscience on the altar of geopolitical correctness
— Arsine Kaloustian (@Arsine_Dauphin) April 24, 2017
— Matt O'Neal (@mattoneal88) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower Too little, Too late!
— Al (@alishawnie) April 24, 2017
@SamanthaJPower Too late for that. You had 8 years.
— Nicole Christy (@willflyforbeer) April 24, 2017
— Διγενῆς Ἀκρίτης (@Digenes_Akrites) April 24, 2017
— Liz Steinkamp (@lizreads) April 24, 2017
— Cynthia (@_CynthiaMorris) April 24, 2017
After all this time, Power’s apology indeed rings hollow. Unfortunately, it looks like those hoping for an American presidential administration to call the Armenian Genocide a genocide are going to have to continue to wait:
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 24, 2017
Like Obama before him, Trump does not use the word "genocide" on Armenian Remembrance Day. Armenian-Americans condemn his statement. pic.twitter.com/9f7i1dSeM3
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) April 24, 2017
It's April 24! Or in Washington language, "Please don't use the word 'genocide'" day. https://t.co/6D1k360n8s
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) April 24, 2017
The Trump administration could learn a great deal from Ronald Reagan. Calling a genocide what it is would be a good start.