Dec. 7, that now infamous day, marked the 75th anniversary of the lethal surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese navy, an event that brought a reluctant America into World War II.
President Barack Obama was not in Hawaii for the memorial celebration, but released a statement to commemorate the moment, according to CNN — along with, as usual for such moments — a picture of himself.
He noted that more than 2,400 American men, women and children had perished as a direct result of that terrible attack, but pointed out how their patriotic sacrifice had prompted millions more American men and women to answer the call and defend our liberty and freedom in a variety of ways.
Instead of taking part in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Pearl Harbor memorial, Obama instead posted a picture to Twitter from a prior visit to the commemorative site, taken four years ago, featuring himself laying a wreath at the memorial.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2016
However, Obama is planning to visit the actual site and pay his respects later this month in a historic visit accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the Los Angeles Times.
That visit is presumed to be in return for Obama’s visit earlier in the year to Hiroshima, Japan, to mark the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb that brought an end to the bloody war that had raged for nearly four brutal years in the Pacific theater.
As for the picture Obama tweeted of his prior appearance at the Pearl Harbor memorial, it has been pointed out by some that rather than focus on the rapidly diminishing number of surviving veterans of that fateful day, it instead prominently featured himself, like many other pictures Obama has posted in “honor” of a great person or historic event.
Seems a bit self-centered, but what else should be expected from our narcissist in chief?
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