This is one of seven papers written by my 9th grade students describing how they feel about President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima and the words he spoke there.  I will be posting the remaining six over the weekend.  This Independence Day weekend is an excellent time to post these kids’ thoughts — to remind us that America can find greatness not in making war, but in working for peace.  



President Obama was the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima. He said that he would like to in the speech he made in Prague and his pledge during the presidential election campaign was to make a world without nuclear weapons. He said that America is the only country that has ever used nuclear bombs.

I think it was wonderful for him to come to Hiroshima. Some of the people who live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki say that he should apologize. But I think that just coming to Hiroshima is enough and it might even be thought of as a way of apologizing to Japan.

President Obama used “we” a lot in his speech. I think this “we” means every person in the world. I was most impressed with the words he spoke in the last part of the speech when he said, “That is a future we can chose.” I think that there are many meanings in this phrase. Of course, a person can chose any future; a future filled with war or a future filled with peace, a future in which our children will have trouble or have a good life. Anything can be possible.

President Obama called all people to come together and make a peaceful world. Some countries may try to threaten peace, but the world must come together. I believe we must follow the president’s call to peace.

GOTA S. (15) Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo