A Democrat congressman from California might have been hitting the sake too hard at Washington’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
On Twitter late Sunday, the last day of the three-week festival, Rep. Mike Honda posted:
Happy to celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms, & over 100 years of Japanese-American friendship http://t.co/uofj1QGml1
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 13, 2014
Well, not quite.
— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) April 14, 2014
Honda must have unaccountably forgotten a period of unpleasantness between the two countries – officially starting at approximately 7:48 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and ending roughly four years later.
Most people call it World War II.
If Honda has forgotten it (more on that in a second) not everyone else has.
@RepMikeHonda Hey, sometimes friends sink each other’s ship and drop atomic bombs on each other’s cities. It happens.
— VerminMcCann, Esq. (@VerminMcCann) April 14, 2014
— InformNow (@InformedNow) April 14, 2014
To put it mildly.
What’s really interesting about Honda’s senior moment is the congressman’s life story. Long before he started representing California’s 17th District (which includes Silicon Valley), Honda was born in 1941, and spent his early childhood in an internment camp in Colorado for Japanese-Americans.
The camps were a blot on the country’s history, and maybe something most Americans would like to forget, but it’s surprising a Japanese-American would — given that he was partly raised in one and everything.
Or if you are referring to Americans w Japanese ancestry there was that whole internment episode… Seriously a weird comment @RepMikeHonda
— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) April 14, 2014
Of course, it could just be a miscalculation. 2014 and 2045 aren’t that far apart.
— Tommy Johnson (@af737digger) April 14, 2014
— J.T. (@Votegoat1) April 14, 2014
Or, as one Twitter user put it ….
@RepMikeHonda always nice to know only the brightest and the best are elected to office, except when they aren’t
— Dewey Oxberger (@OxOxberger) April 14, 2014
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that Honda spent his early childhood in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. He was not born in an internment camp.
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