U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak with the Atomic Bomb Dome seen [at rear] at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016. Obama on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, bringing global attention both to survivors and to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
This past Friday, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima. There, in that solemn setting, he delivered a speech so grandiose, so full of sophistries, so stuffed with America-denigrating baloney, that, on those grounds alone, it ought to qualify as historic — except, in essence, he’s said it all before. I don’t know if White House Boy Wonder Ben Rhodes wrote this particular riff on The Narrative. But if he did not, we may safely assume that Obama has found another speechwriter who is a perfect replica.
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