Outrage in Poland over Obama's 'Polish Death Camp' comment

Rick Moran
It's so nice to have a president who's smart, don't you think? I mean, Obama can pronounce "nuclear" correctly, although the word kind of sticks in his throat when mentioning it in the same breath as Iran or North Korea.

But there's "smart" like Obama, and then there's "smart" like, well, the rest of us. Obama's gaffetastic appearances lately makes one wonder if we should redefine the idea of intellectual acuity and place the president in a separate category.

ABC:

Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama's reference earlier to "a Polish death camp" - as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.

"The White House will apologize for this outrageous error," Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.  Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk "will make a statement in the morning. It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence."

The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled "into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself."

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."

Vietor said Obama "misspoke." What does that mean? Could he not read the teleprompter correctly? Did some staff flunkie get it wrong and all the geniuses on the White House staff miss it?

The truth is this president isn't very smart and proves that the laughable designation of him being the "smartest president ever" is as hollow as the rest of his phony narrative.


It's so nice to have a president who's smart, don't you think? I mean, Obama can pronounce "nuclear" correctly, although the word kind of sticks in his throat when mentioning it in the same breath as Iran or North Korea.

But there's "smart" like Obama, and then there's "smart" like, well, the rest of us. Obama's gaffetastic appearances lately makes one wonder if we should redefine the idea of intellectual acuity and place the president in a separate category.

ABC:

Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama's reference earlier to "a Polish death camp" - as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.

"The White House will apologize for this outrageous error," Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.  Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk "will make a statement in the morning. It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence."

The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled "into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself."

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."

Vietor said Obama "misspoke." What does that mean? Could he not read the teleprompter correctly? Did some staff flunkie get it wrong and all the geniuses on the White House staff miss it?

The truth is this president isn't very smart and proves that the laughable designation of him being the "smartest president ever" is as hollow as the rest of his phony narrative.