President Obama comes to town

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like today will be another nice day. It may start off a bit cloudy, but will clear up. Sunday and Monday are looking like we may see some rain and then it'll clear up from Tuesday. Highs all week will be in the mid 20s.

So, it was a bit busy downtown yesterday...I'm not sure if you heard about it or not, but apparently some famous American was in town...ha ha!
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Ok...so, maybe you would have to be living in a cave somewhere not to have heard about President Obama's visit to Hiroshima. My route to work passes right through the Peace Park, so I've been riding my bicycle through a gauntlet of police officers every day for a week-not to mention the constant buzzing of helicopters overhead and marches of demonstrators along the main street.

But yesterday he finally came-it was the first time a sitting US President visited Hiroshima since the dropping of the a-bomb during World War II.

Of course I was at work, so I didn't get to hear his speech until I got home and listened to it on the news. I thought it was a great speech (but I might be biased because I think he may be an underrated president). He talked about the horrors of war in general and the use of nuclear weapons in particular. He mentioned both Hiroshima and Nagasaki as examples of how regular people suffer the most during war times. I thought he was able to tiptoe the line between keeping Japanese survivors happy, as well as the people back in America and the world at large.

He was careful not to lay any blame for the bombings, nor to victimize Japan while still acknowledging Japan as the only country that has had nuclear weapons used on it.

It was a nice visit all around I thought. The hosts (Hiroshimans and hibakusha) were gracious and welcoming and the guests of honour (President Obama and PM Abe) were respectful.

Probably the one thing I was happiest about, was that the whole event passed without a hitch. Whew! Now we can take a deep breath and get back to work.

Oh...and be happy with the fact that we won't be paying 10% sales tax next year...but that's another story...

Have a great day!

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