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Thursday, March 17, 2011

President Obama On Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

President Obama made an unnounced visit to the Embassy of Japan today where he signed a condolence book.

In it he wrote: "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."

He signed his name and wrote "March 2011" after his signature.

He announced that the gesture was to to communicate how "heartbroken," America is over the tragedy.

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake with aftershocks hit off the coast of Japan on March 11 at 2:46pm JST, setting off a devastating tsunami reaching miles inland.

"We are doing everything we can to stand by our great friend and ally, Japan, in this hour of need," said Obama.

The President said he was "confident" Japan will rebuild, praising its "strong" and "dedicated" people.

Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan, remarked, "We are so grateful to the president and the people of the United States."

The President also spoke further on Japan today in the Rose Garden.  

Read the transcript | Video link
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