Grapevine: Obama Trip to Hiroshima Turned Down?

Reports president was going to apologize for atomic bomb


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Sensitive Issue

A previously secret U.S. government cable indicates Japan rejected a potential visit by President Obama to Hiroshima that would have included an apology for the U.S. atomic bombing during World War II.

The November 2009 document was posted by the WikiLeaks web site.

The U.S. ambassador wrote that Japan's foreign minister told him the prospect of the trip was -- quote -- a non-starter.

The cable does not say who proposed such a visit.

A White House spokesman says there was -- quote -- "...never any plan for the president to apologize."


Meanwhile, the administration made a condolence call to the family of American citizen Samir Khan who was killed during that airstrike in Yemen targeting U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Kahn was the known for publishing al Qaeda's English recruitment magazine Inspire.

A family spokesman tells Fox, the State Department -- quote -- "...apologized to the family for not reaching out and contacting them sooner."

Apparently not all in the Occupy Wall Street movement are totally against capitalism.

An "Occupy Wall street" search on eBay, for example, shows more than 12,000 items available for purchase ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to buttons and bumper stickers.

Money in the Banks

One website has ranked the richest celebrities supporting the movement. Topping the list is Yoko Ono reportedly worth a half billion dollars.

Second place at $325 million is Russell Simmons. The hip-hop mogul actually had to answer to protesters for his high-fee credit cards targeting the working class.

Others on the list, Roseanne Barr, Kanye West and Michael Moore.

The site celebritynetworth.com -- noted-- quote -- "What we really don't understand is why anyone involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking these multi-millionaires seriously."

History 101

And finally, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry didn't exactly give an accurate American history lesson to college students in New Hampshire last night.

The Texas governor had an unusual take on state's rights in a post-debate stop at a Dartmouth fraternity.


GOV. RICK PERRY, R-TX: It was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century...


The American Revolution was fought in the 18th century, a difference of 200 years.

Perry's campaign called it an honest mistake and said that the governor knows when the revolution was.