Get over it! Is basically what White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said Monday at the daily White House press briefing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he would be the first Japanese leader to visit the Hawaiian naval station since it was bombed by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941. According to Earnest, the Veterans of Pearl Harbor should set aside their “personal bitterness” recognizing how important this moment is to the USA.
“If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered,” Earnest said. “And I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese Prime Minister.”
But, Earnest said those people who feel “personal bitterness” should set aside their feelings for the greater good of the U.S.
“And so, yes, there may be some who feel personally embittered,” he added. “But I’m confident that many will set aside their own personal bitterness, not because they’re personally satisfied by the words of the Prime Minister, but because they recognize how important this moment is for the United States.”