Stumbling over words, mispronunciations and a Texas slang marked former President George W. Bush’s speech. Fortunately, now, we have a silver tongued devil in the White House whose words have made us the envy of the world. Take the most honorable President Barack Obama’s comments while awarding the Medal of Freedom to a Polish resistance fighter.
It was a small word to get wrong but it had global implications: President Barack Obama’s reference to a “Polish death camp” while awarding the Medal of Freedom to a Polish resistance fighter drew the ire of the Polish prime minister, who wants an apology. The White House has said Obama misspoke, and that he regrets the error, but the president hasn’t actually apologized.
Obama should have referred to a “Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,” and the mistake cut deeply: “We always react in the same way when ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions lead to such a distortion of history, so painful for us here in Poland, in a country which suffered like no other in Europe during World War II,” Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in a statement on Wednesday. Shortly after the Medal of Freedom ceremony, Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorsky tweeted a demand for an apology, saying the ceremony was “overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence.”
“ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions”
“ignorance and incompetence”
Wowzerz! The Polish sure don’t seem to be able to appreciate what a great president we have. No wonder they’ve been the butt of jokes for decades.
What do you expect from a man who thinks there are 57 states?