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Obama's hug of Hiroshima survivor epitomizes historic visit

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Such a classy president. He not only spoke eloquently, but his body language and gestures portray his sincerity. The two Japanese gentlemen were also gracious.

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I agree with everything gubijin said but we still have a long way to go!

Mr Obama called on all nations to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. While he remains the commander in chief of the world's second largest nuclear arsenals, one that he has approved billions of dollars to modernise. And the U.S. Is seriously dragging their feet when it comes to the agreement of decommissioning old nuclear weapons.

Another example was standing just a few rows away from the president, an officer could be seen holding the briefcase containing the nuclear launch codes.

Though it was a very nice speech, he hasn't exactly set a good example inline with the words spoken.

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I watched it all unfold live on nhk TV. The helicopters, the osprey. Then the long kimo ride to the park. Then the two speeches. Then the embrace of the two elderly survivors. Then abe and Obama viewing the ruins. Peace park earned its name on Friday. Now abe must visit pearl harbor.

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You might not like it, but only mentioned FACTS that can easily be confirmed! Can anyone debate what I said?

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The central focus is "PEACE" and not just reduction or elimination of nuclear arms alone. How difficult it is to get N.Korea, communist China, Russia.... to scrap their nuclear arms? Even so, they will have other means of equal or greater destructive weapons in their arsenal. Obama talks, but no walks since under his presidency; nuclear weapons reduction were less that previous presidencies. Plus, more rogue nations are moving to obtain nuclear weapons at even faster pace, such as Iran, NPRK, M.E. nations, and China will deploy nuclear submarine soon near Japan. It is about narcissist Obama wants to be first on many things, such as this hollow cheap and deceptive idealistic talk in Hiroshima that fall upon many soft ears. Thanks to Obama, the world is more dangerous place now and into the future, and that is a shame.

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Watch and learn Abe. Acknowledgement and closure can heal A LOT of wounds and forge good will. If the world's most powerful man can bring himself to do this, so can you.

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It is one thing to ask for an apology and another thing yo accept it.

Not being American or Japanese I admire Obama and what he did in Hiroshima.

I don't see China and to a lesser degree as ready yet for Japan's acknowledgement and closure, especially going by some posters here and their reactions to the recent events.

Granted Nanjing was bad but why can't China prove the total of 300.000, when every other researchers estimate them as way lower?

Japan agrees Nanjing happened it is well known that the dispute that the world with China has is their inflated number of victims.

China needs to face their history with honesty and real independent verifiable facts as many other countries and Europeans did, till that happens there cannot be peace and moving forward facing today's problems.

My view at least.

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Being that I voted for Obama twice, I think it's justified to acknowledge him of the good things he's done and critisize any of wrongs. I am no longer as impressed by great speeches and words, ones actions are far more important! Obama is a much better president than any other contender we had to choose from, though that does not mean he's perfect, nor does it mean there is know room for improvement.

It's quite easy to press a down vote but I see than NONE of you can actually say ANYTHING to challenge my comment!

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It is about narcissist Obama wants to be first on many things, such as this hollow cheap and deceptive idealistic talk in Hiroshima that fall upon many soft ears. Thanks to Obama, the world is more dangerous place now and into the future, and that is a shame.

Couldn't have said it better myself. I also think Obama spending billions to modernize the nukes meanwhile edging closer and closer to Russia's borders along with his current economic war should be enough for others to realize that he is a war monger.

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The fact Obama didn't visit the peace museum, which would be a test of his heart is somewhat poignant. His sincerity would have been visible in the expressions on his face & in his eyes... A missed opportunity, or an event avoided...

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