“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
It’s time to move on from the event that catapulted America into WWII, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Pearl Harbor tomorrow, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so since the surprise attack in 1941.
From BizPac Review:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press conference Monday it was natural for World War II veterans to be “embittered” about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor, but they should get over it for the sake of America.
It was announced Monday that Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor since it was hit by a surprise attack that killed 2,403 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II. The visit reciprocates President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima earlier this year for the anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on the city.
“If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered, and I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese Prime Minister,” Earnest said.
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“Yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered,” he said. “But I’m confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they’re personally satisfied by the words of the Prime Minister, but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States.”
Over 2,400 were killed when the Japanese pulled a fast one, so telling the greatest generation it’s time to move on might be a little harsh.
After all, if it weren’t for their sacrifices we all might be speaking another language right now.
But, foreigners always come first in Obama’s America, now don’t they?