Later this month, the White House announced on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan. According to the New York Times, the president is “loath to be seen as apologizing for that chapter in American history.”
On May 27, the President will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a site at the center of the city dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing, where he will share his reflections on the significance of the site and the events that occurred there. He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.
“The President’s time in Hiroshima also will reaffirm America’s longstanding commitment — and the President’s personal commitment — to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” Rhodes wrote.