For the Armenian American community, presidential candidate Barack Obama was full of promise and hope.
His position on the Armenian Genocide of 1915, in which 1.5 million Armenian were massacred at the hands of Ottoman Turks, had been well documented. It was genocide, he said. He even called on the federal government to officially recognize it as such.
But in the years since winning the presidency, the pull of geo-political complications has so far muted his pledge to officially recognize the genocide. Congress, fearful of angering Turkey, a key ally in the Middle East, has successfully quashed any resolution.