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Obama To Become First US President To Visit Hiroshima Since 1945 Nuclear Attack (independent.co.uk) 391

An anonymous reader writes: The White House announced U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, becoming the first sitting American President to do so since the city was destroyed in 1945 by a U.S. nuclear bomb. President Obama and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the city on May 27th "to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. Obama said he hoped to visit both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he first visited Japan in November 2009. "The memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are etched in the minds of the world, and I would be honored to have the opportunity to visit those cities at some point during my presidency," President Obama said at the time. At least 140,000 people died from the nuclear attack on Hiroshima on August 9, 1945. Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second atomic weapon on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered to Allied forces within a week after that second attack.
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Obama To Become First US President To Visit Hiroshima Since 1945 Nuclear Attack

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  • I tried to tell a joke to Obama about Hiroshima once...it bombed.

    • by kuzb ( 724081 )

      All I have to say is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

  • approval (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @06:03PM (#52086915) Journal

    Do you all think it's accidental that as soon as we know who the candidates for president are going to be that Obama's approval ratings go up? It's as if people are saying, "Holy shit. Obama wasn't really so bad after all."

    He's currently got a higher approval rating than Ronald Reagan at the same point in their terms.

    • I think it's because people have stopped paying attention to him. He makes the news for being funny at the correspondents' dinner rather than for fighting with congress.

      • He makes the news for being funny at the correspondents' dinner rather than for fighting with congress.

        Congress is about to start investigations into whether Facebook is allowed to be liberal or not.

        I'm pretty sure Obama won't fight with Congress any more because it would be seen as him picking on someone who can't defend themselves.

      • Obama's comedy routine absolutely kicked the ass of Wilmore's stuff at the WHCD! If nothing else, Obama has definitely earned the title of "Comedian-in-chief"!!!
  • by j2.718ff ( 2441884 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @06:04PM (#52086923)

    President Carter visited the site after his presidential term was complete.

  • ...a world without nuclear weapons...

    You'd think these two heads of state, in particular, would already know that the things which come out of Pandora's Box can't just be wished away.

    • The goal should be a world where nuclear weapons are under the control of responsible organizations with clear rules and safeguards preventing inappropriate use of them, while still threatening use against bad actors in appropriately extreme circumstances of wide consensus. That would be far safer than a world without nuclear weapons.

  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @07:40PM (#52087507) Journal
    it was far far less than had we NOT dropped the bomb.
    Japan had no intention of surrendering and it was going to be a bloody battle all the way through Japan to make it happen.
    By dropping the bombs, it solved everything with a lot fewer loss of lives, esp. of Allied lives who were attacked by Germany and Japan.
  • August 6th and 9th (Score:4, Informative)

    by Ixtl ( 1022043 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @07:58PM (#52087611)
    The summary says Hiroshima was on the 9th, followed by Nagasaki three days later, but the Hiroshima bombing was on the 6th of August, 1945, followed by Nagasaki on the 9th.
  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2016 @07:59PM (#52087621) Journal
    No apology of any type should be issued.
  • Does he not realize how many wars have been prevented due to nuclear weapons?

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