President George Bush and Barack Obama
On October 9, 1991 three years after President Reagan's signed the Civil Liberties Act letters of formal apology and checks form the United States government was issued to each of the living survivors of internment.This acknowledges that great injustice that was done to Japanese Americans and how differently our countries views are today.
This letter shows an apology as does the one written by President Reagan, however this shows how the nations thinking has changed on this issue 45 years later. 60 years later President Obama again honors the 442nd presenting them with the Congressional metal.
More than sixty years after the acts of heroism and sacrifice for which they’re remembered, members of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. In an Oval Office ceremony, President Obama signed a bill recognizing the soldiers — most of Japanese descent and many from Hawaii — who faced both extreme hardship on the battlefield and suspicion and bigotry on the home front.