The Atomic Cake Controversy of 1946: A “Mission Accomplished” Photo-Op From Yesteryear

President George W. Bush and many of his top administration officials were often accused of hubris in their eight-year run, but I have to say this incident from 1946 really tops the literal cake. It has the haughtiness of President Bush’s 2003 “Mission Accomplished” photo-op aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, combined with an element as you see below, I can best describe as … callous. From CONELRAD Adjacent:

Atomic Cake

The celebratory event took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, 1946 at the Officers’ Club of the Army War College in Washington, D.C. The occasion was to mark the disbanding of Joint Army-Navy Task Force Number One, the body that organized and oversaw the first post-war atomic tests in the Pacific. These highly publicized detonations on Bikini Atoll are remembered today, if at all, for displacing an entire indigenous population of islanders, for inspiring a revealing line of swimwear for women and for unleashing the myth that movie star Rita Hayworth’s image was once affixed to an A-bomb.

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  • Haystack

    Look at that lady’s hat.

    • Tuna Ghost

      It’s a disaster almost on par with an atomic detonation

      • Gemmarama

        what with the matching cake and hat, and the way her hand is resting so tenderly on his… looks like some kind of a-bomb themed wedding. sick puppies.

  • Anonymous

    Complete with little scorched human sillouettes…….

    Heard off camera: “Save me an END peace……”

  • Anonymous

    You should have seen the atomic cake the Soviets made. #MutuallyAssuredDiabetes.

    • Haystack

      There was a cake gap.

  • malatesting123

    The general felt that, as opposed to the “Tokyo Man on Fire” cake, this one spoke more clearly to the class and style of the operation.