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Tone-Deaf President Claims “Peace in Our Time” In Inaugural Address

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 22, 2013

US-POLITICS-INAUGURATION-CHURCHYesterday Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States.  His inaugural speech was typical Obama; artfully presented, but totally partisan, ignoring the desires of nearly half of America who voted against him just two months earlier.

The President’s address focused on his pursuit of a liberal domestic agenda with foreign policy only mentioned in passing.  During one segment that did relate to international affairs, the President incredibly used the phrase “peace in our time”, complete context below.  This phrase lives in infamy chamberlain_nevillemade famous by an earlier Progressive, Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of England.  After returning from a meeting with German Chancellor Hitler in 1938, Chamberlain waived a document signifying agreement with Hitler and proclaimed “I have returned from Germany with peace in our time“.  That peace lasted but a few months and led to the deaths of over 50 million people during World War II.

Obama’s use of the phrase “peace in our time” is either an example of being tone deaf to the extreme or being totally uneducated on the history leading up to World War II.  It is especially appalling for this phrase to be used by the President at a time when the mullahs of Iran sound so similar to Hitler, and given Iran’s intent on obtaining nuclear weapons.

It is curious that Obama then morphs his “peace in our time” sentence into a discussion of the Civil Rights movement.  That movement had its beginnings with the Civil War leading to the deaths of approximately 700,000 Americans.  Yes Mr. President, sometimes the ultimate sacrifices are required in the name of freedom.

President Obama – January 21, 2013

Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes; tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.  We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”




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