When Does Barack Obama Ever Talk About Pearl Harbor?!?
Donald Trump is angry this weekend, because Barack Obama went to Japan and visited Hiroshima. This is a problem, because, apparently, American politicians are supposed to pretend that the United States is not the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons to kill cities filled with civilians. – something even the worst terrorist organizations have never done. In Donald Trump’s imagination, if we simply pretend that things aren’t real, then we can make them go away.
So, in his anger, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter and demanded to know when Barack Obama has ever talked about how terrible Pearl Harbor was.
Let’s get this out in the open. When has President Obama ever expressed a single word of outrage about Pearl Harbor?
Well, there was the occasion in 2011 of the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack when Barack Obama gave an official speech, declaring that, “We salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory. They are members of that Greatest Generation who overcame the Depression, crossed oceans and stormed the beaches to defeat fascism, and turned adversaries into our closest allies.”.
Okay, but besides then, what has Obama ever said about Pearl Harbor, huh?
Hm. There was the year after that, when President Obama said in an official memorial speech, “On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments.”
Yes, but besides then, what has Barack Obama ever done to speak out about Pearl Harbor?
So, the year after that, in 2013, President Obama issued an official proclamation declaring, “I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.”
Sure, sure, but what has Barack Obama said lately about Pearl Harbor?
Well, in 2014, Barack Obama gave a speech, saying, “Japanese planes thundered over Hawaii, dropping bombs in an unprovoked act of war against the United States. The attack claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans. It nearly destroyed our Pacific Fleet, but it could not shake our resolve. While battleships smoldered in the harbor, patriots from across our country enlisted in our Armed Forces, volunteering to take up the fight for freedom and security for which their brothers and sisters made the ultimate sacrifice. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the souls lost 73 years ago, we salute those who responded with strength and courage in service of our Nation, and we renew our dedication to the ideals for which they so valiantly fought.”
That was two years ago, though! Has Barack Obama really been silent on Pearl Harbor for two whole years? Outrage!
Actually, just six months ago, Barack Obama gave another speech, saying, “Nearly seven and a half decades ago, as dawn broke over the island of Oahu, bombs broke through the sky as Japanese forces launched an unprovoked attack on our Nation — absorbing America into a conflict that would change the course of human dignity and freedom. More than 2,400 precious lives and much of our Pacific Fleet were lost, yet the ensuing unification of our people proved mightier than the attack that aimed to weaken us. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the men, women, and children — military and civilian — who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.”
So, then, Donald Trump is outraged because Barack Obama speaks out about Pearl Harbor over and over again. Why the outrage? Does Trump have photographs of President Obama crossing his fingers while he gives these speeches…
…or is Trump just shamelessly trying to exploit an old war, fought long before either he or Obama were even born, for his personal political gain?