President Obama was in Japan the past couple days, and he visited the city of Hiroshima and made a speech. I’ve read it, it’s here on the White House website.
I find it troublesome that in the past two days I’ve seen no less than four separate posts on Facebook that make the claim that President Obama somehow apologized for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “Likes” and comments from people I respect show that they apparently believe the claim of an apology.
It find it very sad that otherwise intelligent people just blindly pass along this tripe. The speech was televised, and a transcript is available to read. There isn’t anything in the speech that even resembles an apology. Yet what I can only assume is blind hatred and unthinking loyalty to conservatism or republicanism or something equally stupid makes these people believe the claim.
The so-called “apology tour” that Obama supposedly embarked on at the start of his Presidency has been debunked over and over, and still unthinking “conservatives” cling to it as an article of faith. I asked a couple of them to show me video or audio that supports the apology tour claim, and they couldn’t. Debunk sites are “biased”, I’m told.
It’s pathetic that people give such blind credence to stuff like this. A couple months ago, I posted on Facebook that people really should fact check stuff before posting it. A guy who I respect for his service and his intelligence, but is conservative, shot back “Who are you to tell people what to post?”. This kind of response is sad in that I would assume that people would want to be truthful, but I guess that the ability to repost stuff without caring if it is true or not, just so long as it hurts the President or someone else politically, it more important than integrity.
For myself, I would rather not be led by the nose by any media or “leader”, and keep my integrity.