Good news: Obama alienates Poland by referring to “Polish death camps”

posted at 9:05 pm on May 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Hey, it’s not like they’re a close ally and a keystone of our eastern European policy. The only person angrier than the Poles tonight, incidentally: Ed Morrissey, who’s being deprived of a golden Obamateurism item for tomorrow morning. Sorry, buddy!

The bad news? This isn’t the only dumb, offensive thing that a prominent Democrat has said about Poland this week. The worse news? When I say he’s alienated Poland, I don’t mean he’s alienated a few bloggers in Warsaw or the editorial page of some partisan newspaper. The outrage goes to the very top:

“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.”…

“A Polish death camp” — 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.”…

Alex Storozynski, the President of the Kosciuszko Foundation, lauded the president earlier in the day for recognizing Karski, but now says “Karski would have cringed if he heard this….So far, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and others have changed their stylebooks to ban the use of this phrase. Now, the Obama White House must do the same. President Obama’s remarks are already being called ‘scandalous’ by media outlets in Poland. Obama was seen reading this phrase off a teleprompter. The President must acknowledge his mistake and apologize for it. He must do it for Karski and the other Poles that risked their lives trying to stop the Holocaust.”

BuzzFeed has a round-up of Polish Twitter reaction, and it ain’t pretty. Here comes White House spokesman Tommy Vietor a-grovelin’:

National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor tells BuzzFeed: “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.”

In a second comment, Vietor said: “The President misspoke – he was referring to Nazi death camps in Poland. We regret this misstatement, which should not detract from the clear intention to honor Mr. Karski and those brave citizens who stood on the side of human dignity in the face of tyranny.”

The fact that Vietor felt obliged to issue a second, more apologetic statement shows you how badly the White House was caught off-guard by the fury of the backlah. I’d bet cash money that both Tusk and Sikorski have personal phone calls from the Unicorn Prince coming in the near future, assuming they haven’t happened already.

In fairness to O, I’m sure he didn’t mean to imply anything about Polish culpability for the Holocaust at a moment when he was honoring a Polish hero for helping to expose the Holocaust. But since that wouldn’t have stopped a collective liberal pants-wetting if Bush had made the same gaffe, we must press boldly on and rub The One’s face in this. Go nuts.


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Obama has been hanging around Joe Biden too much.

To which Biden replied, “Hey, Barry is stealing all the stick-my-foot-in-my-mouth stuff that I do.”

Lesson for Obama: Teleprompter; don’t leave home without it.

albill on May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

TX-96 on May 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

He’s been apologizing since he was elected, I wonder if he will find it easy to admit he’s wrong instead of the country?

Cindy Munford on May 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

In fairness to O, I’m sure he didn’t mean to imply anything about Polish culpability for the Holocaust

Of course not. But, that is hardly the point. The point is that diplomats and heads of state are supposed to be adept at not doing exactly these things.

Where, exactly, is the evidence that Obama is so freaking smart? Where is the evidence that he can do anything but speak to his own base? Where is the post-racialism? Where is the eloquence? When will the world begin to heal?

What was that? Oh. It was all BS? Oh. Ok. got it.

Pablo Snooze on May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Days like this when you collectively drown in your hatred of our President will only make the day when he wins a second term that much sweeter . So keep your hate alive , for come November it is four more years of swimming for you …

U2denver on May 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

It’s not hate. It’s contempt. Our president is an incompetent leftist fool. This is just one of a hundred examples. We mock him here because he should be mocked, and often, and by people who know how.

Make sure you’re posting here around 9:00 p.m. Central Time on November 6. We’d love to hear from you then.

spiritof61 on May 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Obama is too busy today playing golf to apologize.

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Surprisingly, New York Magazine picked up the story. Unsurprisingly, the lead sentence to the story praises Obama:

While he isn’t a one-man gaffe machine like Mitt Romney…

PopsRacer on May 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Worse than amature, a sloppy amature. Words are his stock and trade, you’de think he would be more attentive. I’ve always said, he’s in it for the cars and the jet.

StevC on May 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

PopsRacer on May 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM – I read the article. Unbelievable, but believable coming from the New York Magazine.

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Days like this when you collectively drown in your hatred of our President will only make the day when he wins a second term that much sweeter . So keep your hate alive , for come November it is four more years of swimming for you …

U2denver on May 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

It looks most of Poland is upset about this too, nitwit. It has nothing to do with hate–it has to do with us (the citzenry) being embarrassed by a man (Obama) who should know better.

Oh, and good luck on that ‘second term’ fantasy. The only way Obama will get reelected is thru chicanery.

zoyclem on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

More foot-in-mouf disease from Ø’Bumbler.
Does ANYONE refer to Auschwitz as a “Polish Death Camp”? Of course not!

BTW … Slappy could take a hint from the camp’s motto:
Arbeit Macht Frei” instead of the constant family vacationing on OUR dime.
Meanwhile, Slow Joe, Slappy’s #2, likes the term “Polack”. They could be the next Martin and Lewis! (someone might need to explain to the man-child in mom-jeans who they were)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Ahmadinejadski continues to arm for a nuclear strike on Israel.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Obama’s ignorance must be contagious and yes, even Glenn Beck can catch it too

ktrelski on May 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

After three and a half years of these incidents, we’re left with two options. 1)Valerie Jarrett is dumber than a box of rocks. Or 2)Somebody in the State Department really, really doesn’t like TOTUS.

I left this over in the Green Room before I realized there was another thread on the main page, so I quoted myself.

catsandbooks on May 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Polish PM asks for explanation/retraction.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Anti-Jewish Violence In Poland, 1944–1946 refers to a series of violent incidents that immediately followed the end of the Second World War in Poland and influenced postwar history of Jews as well as Polish Jewish relations.

Let’s see…the Soviets controled Poland from 1944 ongward and anything that happened was at their direction. Historically the most systematic pogroms agains the Jews took place in Czarist Russia and in particular the Ukraine. How could anyone believe the Poles were responsible for anything that happened in a country they no longer controlled.

ironmarshal on May 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Obama is too busy today playing golf to apologize.

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

He’s either playing on grass, or smoking it.

OneVision on May 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Don’t ever forget Odumbo’s toast to the Queen-one of the most embarrassing international moments in my lifetime!

rjoco1 on May 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Depriving Obama of an OOTD? Nah. This one has legs.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

In his defense, he said “Polish”, not “polish”.

Bruce MacMahon on May 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

i think it was deliberate. Poland made noise when he pulled the missile defense a couple years ago and this is his way of getting back at them. plus im sure it made putin giggle and 0bama is definitely trying to kiss putin’s arse these days.

chasdal on May 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mr. Hand needs to show up and tutor President Spicoli. No graduation or dance until he makes up for wasting OUR time.

Christien on May 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM

“The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.

I’d like to apologize to Poland and Minister Radek Sikorski.

Dear Sirs and Madams:

I am truly sorry that we have a lying, incompetent, malignant boob for a president.

justltl on May 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

It’s been suggested at some other sites that obozo used the term Polish Death Camps because he didn’t want to offend anyone by using the term Nazi. I can see the fool doing that. It’s ridiculous, of course, but I can see him doing that and not understanding why all the fuss.

Xyz22 on May 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Pres. Obama has never been sensitive when it comes to the Holocaust. When he was campaigning, on the Barackapalooza Berlin tour of ’08, he stood before an audience of 200,000 and said the following:

“People of the world – look at Berlin! Look at Berlin, where Germans and Americans learned to work together and trust each other less than three years after facing each other on the field of battle.”

We were not facing an honorable adversary — we were fighting Nazi Germany. And just to have a feel good moment in front of his audience, he threw holocaust survivors under the bus, making Russia the enemy in his speech — conveniently forget that they did help to break Hitler’s back in WWII.

Then there was the comment “my uncle liberated Auschwitz.” Well, not unless he was with the Red Army he didn’t.

When you are vague with something, it shows it has no value to you. Time and specificity — love and respect.

Anifin on May 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

the above should read Time and Specificity equals love and respect.

Anifin on May 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Obomber probably sent one of his clueless staff minions out to buy a book about WWII and Poland so he could be brought up to speed on what happened in the forties. Well that staffer got sidetracked with a little blow or choom and just couldn’t find any books about WWII or Poland at the corner Marxist book and medical marijuana discount department store. So other, and also clueless, staffers were forced to go online to find the answers. Apparently from the speech Oblabber gave they didn’t do so good but, they did find some expensive vacation and party sites.

Mooshell’s husband should have done his own due diligence in finding the correct answers or he could have at least hired someone with qualifications other than leaning left. Obstacle has been very carless with his speeches lately. This speech mistake is about him – Oblaima. He can’t blame Bush. This is an example of how haphazardly he treats history and tradition. It’s all about him and/or her (never been proud of my country, just another flag, bow to a head of state, touch the queen, take credit for killing someone, Nobel Piece [sp] Prize, bragging about how successful a company is that he tried to destroy, calling a medal of freedom winner a medal of honor winner, no shout-outs to the two officers who brought down the Ft. Hood terrorist, etc.).

Also, when is anyone going to remove those footnotes Oboutme attached to the Presidents’ biographies (the ones on the White House web page)? It’s an embarrassment. Every President has an extensive biography of significant accomplishments. Obarely has a few lines of unimpressive…stuff. Everything he injected in to the other biographies about himself would have been accomplished even if Ocredit wasn’t around. Someone recently blogged on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps (not corpse) that Kennedy established the Peace Corps and Odowner issued a 50th Anniversary Proclamation.

HHW on May 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

U2denver, the foreign minister’s comments have nothing to do with my take on this matter, so he’s basically irrelevant my part of the discussion. He can, however, speak for a WHOLE LOT OF POLISH PEOPLE, who just happen to agree with him. Think that his words would be what would form an entire country’s opinion? If so, then you know jack about the Poles. People slaughtered like sheep, and a country decimated twice in a matter of decades in two world wards, only to then be ruled over by the freaking communist Russians, while being oppressed and slaughtered again…and you think that a partisan statement from a single politician is enough to tell them what to think? Really? REALLY?

All I gotta say is don’t say something that moronic in a bar in Warsaw.

GeeWhiz on May 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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