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    Obama Misspoke On 'Polish Death Camp,' Says White House

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    Arik
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    Obama Misspoke On 'Polish Death Camp,' Says White House

    Post  Arik on Wed May 30, 2012 12:48 pm

    WASHINGTON -- The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" while honoring a Polish war hero.

    The president's remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it a "German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland," to distinguish the perpetrators from the location. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called it a matter of "ignorance and incompetence."

    Obama made the comment while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Karski died in 2000.

    During an East Room ceremony honoring 13 Medal of Freedom recipients, Obama said that 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."

    Sikorski tweeted that the White House would apologize for "this outrageous error" and that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk would address the matter on Wednesday.

    "It's a pity that such a dignified ceremony was overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence."

    Alex Storozynski, president of the Kosciuszko Foundation, said Obama's comment "shocked the Poles present at the White House and those watching on C-SPAN. ...


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    In blue: I couldn't have said that better myself. Such a genius....NOT!


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    Re: Obama Misspoke On 'Polish Death Camp,' Says White House

    Post  Yehudah on Wed May 30, 2012 1:44 pm

    He is an idiot. It's for reasons such as these that we all should be ashamed to be called American.


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    Re: Obama Misspoke On 'Polish Death Camp,' Says White House

    Post  Arik on Wed May 30, 2012 1:51 pm

    Yehudah wrote:He is an idiot. It's for reasons such as these that we all should be ashamed to be called American.

    I don't know if I would be ashamed to be called an American. He is an embarrassment no doubt, but why should I be ashamed? I didn't vote for him. scratch


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