“I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan”

President Obama’s statement recognizing South Sudan Independence today – A momentous day that PBO played a major role in reaching.

Hope over fear!


I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9, 2011. After so much struggle by the people of South Sudan, the United States of America welcomes the birth of a new nation.

Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realized by so many millions of people. The eyes of the world are on the Republic of South Sudan. And we know that southern Sudanese have claimed their sovereignty, and shown that neither their dignity nor their dream of self-determination can be denied.

This historic achievement is a tribute, above all, to the generations of southern Sudanese who struggled for this day. It is also a tribute to the support that has been shown for Sudan and South Sudan by so many friends and partners around the world. Sudan’s African neighbors and the African Union played an essential part in making this day a reality. And along with our many international and civil society partners, the United States has been proud to play a leadership role across two Administrations. Many Americans have been deeply moved by the aspirations of the Sudanese people, and support for South Sudan extends across different races, regions, and political persuasions in the United States. I am confident that the bonds of friendship between South Sudan and the United States will only deepen in the years to come. As Southern Sudanese undertake the hard work of building their new country, the United States pledges our partnership as they seek the security, development and responsive governance that can fulfill their aspirations and respect their human rights.

As today also marks the creation of two new neighbors, South Sudan and Sudan, both peoples must recognize that they will be more secure and prosperous if they move beyond a bitter past and resolve differences peacefully. Lasting peace will only be realized if all sides fulfill their responsibilities. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement must be fully implemented, the status of Abyei must be resolved through negotiations, and violence and intimidation in Southern Kordofan, especially by the Government of Sudan, must end. The safety of all Sudanese, especially minorities, must be protected. Through courage and hard choices, this can be the beginning of a new chapter of greater peace and justice for all of the Sudanese people.

Decades ago, Martin Luther King reflected on the first moment of independence on the African continent in Ghana, saying, “I knew about all of the struggles, and all of the pain, and all of the agony that these people had gone through for this moment.” Today, we are moved by the story of struggle that led to this time of hope in South Sudan, and we think of those who didn’t live to see their dream realized. Now, the leaders and people of South Sudan have an opportunity to turn this moment of promise into lasting progress. The United States will continue to support the aspirations of all Sudanese. Together, we can ensure that today marks another step forward in Africa’s long journey toward opportunity, democracy and justice.


35 thoughts on ““I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan”

  1. Obama is the progress leader. The people of South Sudan need all of our blessings for a bright future, they have been through so much.

  2. Three years ago, I sent Senator Obama’s daughters a copy of my children’s book, set in Sudan. I have no idea whether it ever got to them, but I hope he read it to them some evenings after campaigning.
    South Sudan is an achievement for the citizens of the new nation, and for our president.
    Which is not to say he’ll get any reasonable amount of credit for it.

  3. NASA released this music video about the International Space Station

    What Kind of World Do You Want?

    Be careful what you wish for… history starts now.

    Godspeed everybody!

  4. Hope over Fear is right, great news I keep saying over and over we should trust PBO.
    Yes Obama played a role on this including George Clonney.
    Now let’s stop paying attention to the crazies I think they are smking weed or something, we can push back at their B.S our only ” source” is Barack Obama, GO Mr President.

  5. For my fellow Arizona TOAITR’s – Breaking: Senate President Russell Pearce Recalled In Arizona, Must Run For Re-Election Or Resign.

    In a swift affirmation of Arizona’s fast growing and powerful new political movement, Secretary of State Ken Bennett notified Gov. Jan Brewer that the once seemingly invincible architect of the state’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” immigration law has officially been recalled. Bennett confirmed that the recall petitions delivered by the Citizens for a Better Arizona “exceeds the minimum signatures required by the Arizona Constitution.”


  6. Good morning BWD and all. You’re so right, BWD, about our President not getting the credit he deserves. Even the article you linked to had to give him credit while criticizing him for not achieving the same in the other countries like Libya. Why these so-called experts and smart people don’t understand that each country is different and must be approached differently is beyond me.

    Re: Recall of Russell Pearce, this shows us that we can beat the bigotry and racism that the republicans and the tea party are trying to foist on this country. We cannot give in to them or the media. Many of us were disheartened yesterday when we shouldn’t be. We should just work that much harder.

    All this reminds me of the campaign when Hillary or McCain’s folks would do something horrific and the media would take glee in shouting it. It seemed to some that candidate Obama was not responding as he should. But his supporters were galvanized with each ugly incident and the Obama team just kept pressing forward. This is what our President does. He just keeps pressing forward. This is what we must do.

    This weekend and Monday, the ugly words of Michelle Bachmann about black children being better off during slavery than under a black president, must be her downfall. We cannot let this incident go. We need to make so much noise that she withdraws. Period. This along with her taking govt money for her family’s business while cutting programs that help children, should be the end of her political career.

  7. Thanks, Jackie. I worked on getting those petitions signed. We got over 18,000 even though we only needed 7000+ I knew we had this even if they threw out half the sigs which they didn’t. I don’t have the final count #’s but it was high, more than actually voted for him when he got elected. Pearce is toast with whipped cream, your choice of other toppings and a big fat juicy cherry on top!

    Thanks for keeping AZ in your thoughts.

  8. ProudofObama;
    I disagree. I want Bachmann running against President Obama. She is guano-insane, gaff-prone, and has the horrid baggage of her husband and her history.
    For more about her husband, see the Clarkn67 diary on DK today:
    along with the links he provides.
    We need Bachmann, Palin, and the other worst Goopers to be successful; Mittens is the biggest threat.
    Let Bachmann implode after she secures the nomination.

    I might be wrong: Matt Taibbi is smarter than I am, he thinks she is a big threat:


  9. DON”T YOU LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to all those folks that worked so hard to make this happen. I am so proud of them.This man is an evil scurge on AZ, and his politics are ugly and divisive.It would be my great honor to see that this man NEVER has a hand in governing anything ever again. EVER! I saw this last night, Jackie,,,but thanks for sharing with everyone here.

  10. Instead of trying to get Bachmann out now would it be better to wait till she is the candidate and use that to help PBO win?

  11. Just so you know…if you don’t want to click DK…ThinkProgress.org has the same story:) By the way, he CALLS himself “Dr.” but his “Dr” isn’t recognized in the state of MN:) Kind of like I call a long time family friend “aunt” when they aren’t really….so many wheels that are going to come off this hell bus.Can’t come soon enough for me.

  12. You know, maybe, your children’s book was one of his inspirations…

    He may have never forgot it.

    This *IS* the result! 😉 lol

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  13. I am glad I am just a spectator at this historic change; one might argue that peace isn’t just the absence of hostilities, but I am assured that the people of South Sudan consider the absence of violence the most important aspect of this milestone.

    A couple of weeks ago, a colleague made a derogatory remark about the violence that seems to pervade sub-Saharan Africa.

    I couldn’t resist pointing out to him that, just 70 years ago, Europe was a lost continent in the same way …

  14. wow those people’s skin and teeth are stunning. *licks that guy’s super chocolaty face* Again Congrats to this new nation. 🙂

  15. Do they still give prizes in boxes of Cracker Jax? Maybe that’s where he found his “Dr” degree?

    Living in a family of people who worked their tails raw to really earn the title of “Doctor” whether medical or academic, I’m getting really rabid like a wooley wolverine over those who claim this title off the box of a cereal.

  16. Congs to the people of South Sudan. Long way to realisation of your long sought dream, but you got there.

  17. Aquagranny911. Wow! That’s how change is made. One agent for change working with others, inspiring others, and bringing progress away from the glaring lights of the media and the blaring sounds of the know nothing pundits.

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