Elie Wiesel to Obama at Holocaust Memorial Museum: ‘I hope you understand in this place why Israel is so important’

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Elie Wiesel to Obama at Holocaust Memorial Museum: ‘I hope you understand in this place why Israel is so important’

President Obama delivered remarks at the Holocaust Memorial Museum this morning after touring the museum and observing a moment of silence in the Hall of Remembrance.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel introduced the president.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel greeted with standing ovation at @HolocaustMuseum. pic.twitter.com/gYzrLI19

— Zach C. Cohen (@Zachary_Cohen) April 23, 2012

Elie Wiesel at Holocaust Museum asks, Why did America not open its doors to Jewish refugees? Remains a painful question even to this day.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 23, 2012

"The greatest tragedy in history could have been prevented if the world had spoken up." -Elie Wiesel #neveragain @HolocaustMuseum

— Stefani Jones (@_stefanijones) April 23, 2012

Weak-kneed foreign policy and intnl negligence. RT @markknoller: Wiesel: How is Assad still in power; how is Ahmadinejad is still pres?

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) April 23, 2012

And the kicker:

At Holocaust Museum, Elie Wiesel intros Pres.Obama & says "I hope you understand in this place why Israel is so important."

— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) April 23, 2012

And be snarked by Wiesel MT @Obama2012: "It is a truly humbling moment to be introduced by Elie Wiesel.”— Obama at the @HolocaustMuseum

— Snarky Basterd (@Snarky_Basterd) April 23, 2012

Highlights from the president’s speech:

Yes… Obama says we must remember the #Holocaust… right after he advocates pre 67 borders for #Israel! (But let us not be picky!) #tcot

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— Defund NPR PBS & NEA (@Jarjarbug) April 23, 2012

President Obama just announced that Jan Karski will be awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring.

— Embassy of Poland US (@PolishEmbassyUS) April 23, 2012

Obama: Connects Holocaust to continuing history of genocide that leads through Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur #NetFreedom

— TimKarr (@TimKarr) April 23, 2012

Obama: "When efforts are made to compare Zionism to racism, we reject them."

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 23, 2012

Obama: "Preventing genocide is an achievable goal, but it does not start at the top; it starts from the bottom up."

— NTW Alabama (@NTWAlabama) April 23, 2012

President Obama at Holocaust Museum; "'Never again' is a challenge to reject hatred in all its forms."

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 23, 2012

"I will always be there for Israel." – President Obama at the Holocaust Museum

— Jerry Brokeheimer (@jteeDC) April 23, 2012

Obama describes State Department record during Holocaust as 'unhappy.' This is the understatement of the day.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 23, 2012

OBAMA blaming our state department for complicity in Holocaust. He never passes on an opportunity to condemn the U.S.

— Gina Bella (@ginabella) April 23, 2012

At Holocaust Museum, Obama says "Never Again" is a message to nations clamping down on dissent.

— Bob Costantini (@CostantiniNBC) April 23, 2012

Pres Obama says the Syrian people "have not given up and so we must not give up" to further isolate Assad regime.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 23, 2012

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"It can be hard to image a more just world" #Obama but as Elie Wiesel said "we had the right to give up" "but we rejected that possibility"

— Maria Lena (@UNQ0MM0N) April 23, 2012

President Obama: "To Elie, to the survivors here today—thank you for never giving up. You show us the way." #NeverAgain

— White House Live (@WHLive) April 23, 2012

Obama used the speech to announce the formation of an Atrocities Prevention Board.

"sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people" #Obama on #GenPrev and #MAprev introducing the Atrocities Prevention Board

— Maria Lena (@UNQ0MM0N) April 23, 2012

Pres #Obama: “Preventing mass atrocities is a core national security interest & a core moral responsibility of the USA.” #NeverAgain

— CivSec@State (@civsecatstate) April 23, 2012

Early in the speech, Obama spoke about “hollow gestures”:

"Awareness without action is a hollow gesture." Pres. #Obama at the #Holocaust Museum this morning

— Barry Bradford (@Barry1776) April 23, 2012

But some tweeps thought that phrase was better applied to the president.

Oh goody – Obama's speaking at Holocaust museum. I'm all a tingle. Only his second visit. Been in DC how long?

— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) April 23, 2012

What fucking balls Obama has… speaking at the Holocaust Museum acting like he cares about people and their freedoms. What a fucking liar!

— jason (@jm_indy) April 23, 2012

Obama to speak at the Holocaust Museum. Disgraceful for this detractor of Israel to lie for votes.

— SonnyGirard (@SonnyGirard) April 23, 2012

How can Obama stand there at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and make a speech when he is, in my opinion, NOT a friend of the Jewish ppl

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— JackieFlash (@patriot1944) April 23, 2012

How can obama totally disrespect the prime minister of Isreal and then turn around and speak at the Holocaust Memorial Museum?

— Sgt. Rock's Scowl (@CaterW) April 23, 2012

And shockah! Some thought the president made the speech all about him.

Even in a speech about the holocaust, Obama finds a way to toot his own horn!

— Steve Grochowsky (@SGrochowsky) April 23, 2012

Barack Obama has broken the record for Saying "I" the most times during a speech at the National Holocaust Museum.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) April 23, 2012

Something that should but doesn't surprise me at this point: Obama is making his Holocaust remembrance speech about….him.

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) April 23, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/djt9000/status/194429795742912512

Obama making the holocaust remembrance all about him?

— DinahLord (@DinahLord) April 23, 2012

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