Remember when Barack Obama, the smooth-talking “smart’ Ivy Leaguer, was going to improve our standing overseas with his “smart diplomacy?”
Either do the people of Poland:
During an East Room ceremony honoring 13 Medal of Freedom recipients, Obama said that [Polish underground hero Jan] Karski “served as a courier for the Polish resistance during the darkest days of World War II. Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and imploring to the world to take action.”
The administration is claiming President Obama “mis-spoke” – and, truth be told, I get that. The extermination camps were in Poland.
Which had, as it happens, been occupied with exceptional brutality by the Nazis, who considered the Poles very nearly as untermensch as the Jews. Calling the death camps “Polish” is like calling Wounded Knee “Native American” or slavery “African”; technically accurate, morally tone-deaf.
Said Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk:
“It’s a pity that such a dignified ceremony was overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence.”
I’m just going to go and bask in all that newfound respect we’ve gotten.
UPDATE: By the way – I scanned in vain for a sign that any of the local TV stations covered this flap this morning. They covered the fact that Bob Dylan also got a Presidential Medal of Freedom – but hey, he’s from Minnesota, right?
But they also noted Madeleine Albright, one of the worst Secretaries of State we’ve ever had, and certainly not a local angle.
I bring it up because it’s become a bit of a chanting point among the Twin Cities far left that Twin Cities TV stations are “conservative”.
Seems a bit of a reach, is all I’m saying.