Thursday, May 26, 2016

Obama Moments

  President Obama at the G7 Summit in Japan   CNN - May 26, 2016
Leaders from the seven leading industrialized nations started two days of talks in Japan today, where they're also expected to discuss fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion.

Obama: Trump Candidacy Has 'Rattled' World Leaders   BBC - May 26, 2016
During a press conference in Japan, Obama said the American presidential election is being "very" closely watched oversees. He told reporters that "it's fair to say" world leaders are "surprised" Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

Obamas' next home is an 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom home in Washington worth about $6 million. The family will remain in the capital until Sasha completes high school in 2018. The rent is about $22,000 a month.

On Friday, President Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where the U.S. first used an atomic bomb at the end of World War II. (He won't be going to Nagasaki, which the U.S. also bombed.) Mr. Obama is expected to denounce any future use of nuclear weapons, without condemning its use in Japan in the past. Each of his sentences will be parsed, just like those of an American who went to Hiroshima 70 years ago this month. John Hersey was a former war correspondent and a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose empathy for the hibakusha, as survivors of the atomic bombings are known, transformed many Americans' perceptions of the attacks. Mr. Hersey's magazine article 'Hiroshima,' which told the story of the bombing from the survivors' viewpoint, was the first to give graphic descriptions of the instant death and the mystifying symptoms of radiation exposure. It was published as nearly the entire Aug. 31, 1946, issue of The New Yorker. Copies sold out. Fifty U.S. newspapers picked up the article and printed it in serial form. The Book of the Month Club gave out hundreds of thousands of free copies to its subscribers. ABC Radio broadcast readings of the entire text, in segments, over one month, and by early 1947, more than one million copies in book form had been sold around the world. But in Japan, then under an American occupation government, the book was unavailable. It contributed greatly to a debate that continues to this day: Did the U.S. have to drop the bombs?

More than 65 celebrities will be on hand for The Red Nose Day Special a charity telecast to aid poor children around the world (9 p.m., NBC).