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A shrug of the shoulders and an indication millions of Poles should just “get over it”…

In foreign policy, Obamanation, Poland, President Bill Clinton, United States on June 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Obama Refuses To Apologize For Polish Death Camp Gaffe

Suggesting a shrug of the shoulders and an indication millions of Poles should just “get over it”, the Obama White House makes light of President Barack Obama’s glaring gaffe against Poland during a Medal of Freedom presentation this past week.

(President Obama poking the chest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  It should be noted that the former Israeli Special Forces member Netanyahu could likely and quite effectively incapacitate Barack Obama in seconds…)

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It is interesting to note that while Barack Obama has repeatedly been quick to apologize to the world for America, he rarely if ever is willing to apologize to others for himself.  Such is the case yet again when the president incorrectly used the term “Polish death camps” when referencing Nazi death camps located inside Poland during WWII – a distinction particularly important to Poles who lost many many lives during those horrific years of war.

EXCERPT:

“We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was,” said Obama spokesman Jay Carney, reiterating that the president “misspoke” during a ceremony awarding the highest US civilian honor to late Holocaust hero Jan Karski.

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Obama’s words had hurt all Poles and he expected more from Washington than just regret.

“I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman — a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors,” Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.

“Today, this is a problem for the reputation of the United States,” the prime minister said.   LINK

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Prime Minister Tusk is correct – President Obama should have quickly made a personal apology to Poland, and yet, the dismissive attitude by this president to America’s long standing allies is nothing new and has been on display before with others such as Israel and Great Britain.  Do not forget the reports that had former French President Nicolas  Sarkozy declaring Barack Obama “insane” – a dispute that apparently arose out of Obama’s dismissive attitude toward Sarkozy’s concerns over the growing threat of Muslim dominance in Western Europe.  Just as he is now doing with Poland, Barack Obama’s attitude toward that threat was also for France and other nations to simply “get over it”.   LINK

Secretary Clinton Welcomes Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski

In foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Poland, Politics on February 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm

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Poland: One of Our Closest Allies
Remarks with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski Before Their Meeting

February 25, 2009

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is a great pleasure to welcome the foreign minister here. You know, Poland is one of our closest allies, and our relationships between our two countries, particularly the Polish American community and the many contributions that they’ve made, make this an even more special partnership. So, welcome Mr. Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER SIKORSKI: (In Polish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much.