Sunday, May 17, 2009

White House Panics Hiroshima With Enola Gay Photo-Op Flyover

enola-gayTOKYO - Just days after the White House apologized about an Air Force One photo-op flight around the Statue of Liberty that panicked New Yorkers still skittish about 9/11, the White House apologized to the people of Japan for sending the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, for a photo-op flyover above the once-devastated city.

Early yesterday morning, on the White House’s instructions, the infamous bomber was secretly removed from display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and recommissioned for deployment.

Without alerting Hiroshima, an unnamed pilot, filmmaker Michael Moore and Vice President Joe Biden then flew the bomber over the city to film a recreation of the August 6, 1945 bombing that destroyed much of the city for Mr. Moore’s upcoming film Tōjō & Me, a film about Mr. Moore’s fictional efforts to speak with Hideki Tōjō, Japan’s prime minister in World War II.

Mr. Biden reportedly believed that the men were actually on a mission to drop an atomic bomb over Hiroshima.

After it became known that the mission terrified residents of Hiroshima, President Obama said he welcomed the opportunity to apologize to Japan.

“I was hoping to find some reason to apologize to Japan on behalf of the United States anyway, and this is the perfect opportunity.”

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