The Audacity of Erasing History

A Bilateral Meeting on Nuclear Arms was on held 31 March 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. During the meeting President Hollande of France had a few words to say - and, as you might expect it was videotaped.

The US White House made the video of Hollande, Obama, and others immediately available for viewing.

However, almost as quickly the White House removed the video from its web site as well as the YouTube renditions.

It seems that Hollande offered this (English translation):

“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition. And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”

When the White House re-released the video to the public the portions of Hollande's remarks shown in blue and red, above, had been edited into silence. This was true both for Hollande's original French (except for the portion in red above) and for the translator's portion as well. Those terrible words spoken by Hollande referencing ISLAMIC TERRORISM have been erased from history, video-wise anyway.

Note: If you speak French AND read lips, you can discern the silenced words.

NOTE TO THE GOVERNMENT: Just because you think the words Islamic Terrorism are not politically correct or don't meet with the message you are trying to sell, doesn't mean that the TRUTH is to be kept from the American people. What will you try and erase next, the US Constitution? Books you don't like? People who disagree with you?

The president, in his book 'The Audacity of Hope', offered us these words: “I wonder, sometimes, whether men and women in fact are capable of learning from history--whether we progress from one stage to the next in an upward course or whether we just ride the cycles of boom and bust, war and peace, ascent and decline.”

Well, Mr. President, men and women CERTAINLY can't learn from history if you erase it!

Or, maybe the president's book, 'The Audacity of Hope', should be renamed 'The Audacity of Erasing History'.

Story Update:

In serious reaction to this story (originally reported by The Media Research Center) the White House has re-released the original version. The White House claims the edited version happened due to a "technical issue". No one is believing that, of course, as the original version was fine before they took it down. I personally believe the "technical issue" was Obama.

The below video clip contains both the edited and unedited versions. The below clip features only the pertinent portions. Longer versions of both may be found at The Media Research Center.

Watch the Video of Both Versions.