Friday, June 5, 2009

Proud To Be an American

For the first time in many many years,
I am proud to be an American.Thank you President Obama



"Obama at Buchenwald: a ‘rebuke’ to deniers
June 5, 2009
BERLIN (JTA) -- President Barack Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp site, calling it "the ultimate rebuke" to Holocaust deniers.
Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist who was a Buchenwald inmate, on the tour on Friday, a day after Obama called on the Muslim world to reject Holocaust denial.
"To this day, there are those who insist that the Holocaust never happened," Obama said at a news conference at the gates of the camp. Such statements are "ignorant, baseless and hateful."
For more than an hour, Obama and Merkel walked the grounds of Buchenwald. Out of sight of cameras, they entered the crematorium building where camp victims were turned to ash. They placed white roses, a symbol of German resistance, at several sites.
Obama said he had wanted to visit this particular camp because his great-uncle, Charles Payne, was among the U.S. soldiers in Infantry Division 89 who liberated the Buchenwald sub-camp of Ohrdruf in early April 1945. Ohrdruf was the first camp liberated by American soldiers. The gruesome sights of burned victims haunted his uncle for a long time, Obama said.
"It is understandable that someone who witnessed what had taken place here would be in a state of shock," he said.
Wiesel, a Nobel Peace laureate whose father died at Buchenwald, said, "Memory must bring people together rather than set them apart."
After visiting Germany, Obama was scheduled to fly to France and take part in ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy.
In an interview with NBC, Obama expressed frustration with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who questions the story of the Holocaust.
“He should make his own visit," Obama said in Germany. "I have no patience for people who would deny history. And the history of the Holocaust is not something speculative."
Should he visit Germany, Ahmadinejad could face arrest as a Holocaust denier."


here is a link to the speech made in Egypt...see it for your self and make up your own mind about it.



2 comments:

The Leader, Garnel Ironheart said...

Here's the hypocrisy of Obama. The leader of the Palestinian Authority has a PhD. His thesis was an essay proving the Holocaust didn't happen. I wonder, if Obama meets him will he tell him he's wrong or will he present him as a statesman and a real leader?

Dunking Rachel said...

Perhaps to reframe your point...it is the Hypocrisy of the world...find me a human being who has not contradicted themselves at point or another, or one who has never strayed, who is perfect in all ways….
Politics are difficult and full of quicksand…The middle east sands shift and blow and can engulf at a moments notice….
I do not pretend to know the answers to the complicated emotionally charged problems in the world. My husband often calls m e naïve. If wanting there to peace for all in the world is naïve, so be it. I am keenly aware of the evil, the suffer and the pain. I know peace is a hard road…..
What do you suggest?

Dunking Rachael

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