Skip to comments.Obama: Columbus Day a Time to ‘Reflect on Tragic Burdens Tribal Communities Bore’
Posted on 10/09/2012 9:24:53 AM PDT by IbJensen
CNSNews.com) In his presidential proclamation recognizing Columbus Day issued last week, President Barack Obama said the holiday was a day to celebrate our heritage as people born of many histories and traditions and a time to reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore since the explorer arrived on the North American continent in 1492.
Today, we recall the courage and the innovative spirit that carried Christopher Columbus and his crew from a Spanish port to North America, and we celebrate our heritage as a people born of many histories and traditions, the Oct. 5 proclamation says.
When the explorers laid anchor in the Bahamas, they met indigenous peoples who had inhabited the Western hemisphere for millennia, the proclamation states.
As we reflect on the tragic burdens tribal communities bore in the years that followed, let us commemorate the many contributions they have made to the American experience, and let us continue to strengthen the ties that bind us today.
The proclamation notes that this year marks the 520th anniversary of that fateful day in 1492.
It also credits Columbus spirit of discovery with inspiring entrepreneurs, sailors and scientists, explorers of the physical world and chroniclers of the human spirit.
The proclamation also notes that Columbus has inspired generations of Italian immigrants.
On April 30, 1934, Congress, by joint resolution, modified the U.S. Code requesting the president proclaim the second Monday of October each year as Columbus Day.
BAHAMAS???? Columbus landed in Hispaniola, the name of the Island that is now the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. SHEESH! This idiot is a total, incompetent disaster!!
I'm sure that Obama loves his country. Maybe some day we'll find out which one it is.
Oh brother...this bird only sings ONE note!!!
Ahh yes. The terrible toll of clean water, freedom from starvation, a warm dry place to live......
What about the tragic burden this country has bore the past 4 years?
inspired generations of Italian immigrants.
They always forget that the Spanish American generations have a stake in the Columbus story too. F-em says Obama.
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Yes, Columbus was so great, but, remember everyone, he was really bad, too. Some really good people undeservedly died because of this oppressor and his offspring.
This is exactly what we’re dealing with. The worst kind of unapologetically radical leftist. He continues to double down with this ridiculous politically correct, Utopian rhetoric. I cannot bear to imagine what a second term under this POS will look like. R&R HAVE to win.
Hispaniola is the name of the island and it is divided between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Jamaica is another island to the west.
80% of the pre-Columbian population died from old world diseases. Course that was inevitable. Old world people were coming Columbus or no Columbus.
Not Jamaica, Haiti..................
He read it from a teleprompter and he still sounds stupid.
Mrs. TheThirdRuffian is 100% born-on-reservation Mescalero Apache.
She has some issues with some of the back-stabbing and re-trading that went on by European immigrants, but overall considers being dragged from paganism to the modern world by a relatively (relatively) beneign invader pretty good.
Of course, her tribe kept their land, largely due to Henry repeating rifles, disciplined troops (many civil war vets) and moutainous, forested, land which caused the calvary to decide to “go around,” but that’s yet another discussion.
Does a day ever pass that Baby Doc Baraq doesn’t play the race card?
The New world brought some New World diseases of their own......syphilis for one........
I think there were plenty who came before Columbus. Some like the Vikings were known but I suspect there were others.
Dinesh Desouza is right. Obama is driven ideologically by his hatred of colonialism. But it is mostly white colonialism, because he seems to have no problem with the colonialism that results from Muslims conquests.
Just wait until Obama finds out Columbus had a Jewish mother.
Columbus thought the world was really small, and that he was landing in Asia. He was brave, but ignorant — a lot of people tried to warn him (not that he would fall off a flat edge, but that it was so far to asia that he would never make it).
What a bonehead - he never gets anything right! I wonder if his daughter wrote it?
No offense to anyone but this what happens when two cultures on vastly different steps on the technology scale meet. Add different infectious diseases (about which neither culture had any idea) and you have the makings of a bad situation.