May 29, 2012
Obama 'Changes History' by Calling Nazi Deaths Camps 'Polish Death Camps'...
Poles Demand Obama Apology For “Polish Death Camps” Comment
The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance.
The remark, which barely drew notice in America, is all over the Polish news today. On the country's largest television station:[More...]
I'm sure he "misspoke" or something. Gawd...
Update: Via ZIP
(ABC News) — ......Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski also tonight tweeted a link to an Economist story noting that “few things annoy Poles more than being blamed for the crimes committed by the Nazi occupiers of their homeland. For many years, Polish media, diplomats and politicians have tried to persuade outsiders to stop using the phrase ‘Polish death camps’ as a shorthand description of Auschwitz and other exemplars of Nazi brutality and mass murder. Unfortunately this seems to have escaped BaracK Obama’s staff seem not to have noticed this.”
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement, “The President was referring to Nazi death camps operated in Poland. The President has demonstrated in word and deed his rock-solid commitment to our close alliance with Poland.”
"Polish" death camps: Mind your language | The Economist economist.com/blogs/easterna…— Radek Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) May 29, 2012
A little bit more from the article he linked:
Even in the middle of the night, the reaction in Warsaw was incendiary. Poland wants Mr Obama to apologise to prime minister Donald Tusk. America's most important ally in the ex-communist world already feels bruised by the administration's shilly-shallying on issues such as missile defence (back in 2009 Mr Obama's administration chose to announce its backtrack on that on September 17th, the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. That was akin to giving America bad news on pacific security on Pearl Harbour day). America has not lifted visa requirements for Poles (who can die alongside Americans in Afghanistan but not visit them without humiliating bureaucratic hassles). And instead of providing the promised Patriot missile battery to protect Warsaw, it sent some toy rockets as part of a sales pitch. (That, at least, is how Poles see it).
#Julia forgot to fix the #TOTUS for our dear leader