President Obama Leaves Condolences at Japanese Embassy
Matt | On 17, Mar 2011
In a show of solidarity with the Japanese people after the horrific magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami last Friday, President Obama formally offered his written sympathies to the suffering.
On Thursday, the president visited the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C. to personally write in the condolence book. Here’s what POTUS had to say, per McClatchy Newspapers:
“My heart goes out to the people of Japan during this enormous tragedy. Please know that America will always stand by one of its greatest allies during this time of need. Because of the strength and wisdom of its people, we know that Japan will recover, and indeed will emerge stronger than ever. And as it recovers, the memory of those who have been lost will remain in our hearts, and will serve only to strengthen the relationship between our two countries. May God bless the people of Japan.” (U.S. President Barack Obama)
That pretty much sums up how many people feel around the world after seeing the horror and devastation brought by the double-tragedy.
The Japanese people are still struggling with a potential nuclear crisis from damage and leaking radiation at nuclear power plants. The U.S. Geological Service even upgraded the earthquake from a magnitude 8.9 to 9.0, underscoring its power. Towns have been ravaged by floodwaters from the resulting tsunami.
The official death toll, as of Thursday, is over 5,400. Another 9,500 people are missing.
Let’s all continue praying for the people of Japan.