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Obama Concocts Polish Death Camps

It’s another one of those Obama flubs that the press will ignore or minimize, but if Bush has said it, well, look out!

Speaking at Tuesday’s White House Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama honored Polish World War II hero Jan Karski with the following praise:

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.

Except, there were no Polish death camps.

According to Politico, one of the few leading mainstream outlets that does feature the story prominently on its website, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement that Obama “misspoke” by saying “Polish death camp” and was actually referring to “Nazi death camps” inside Poland.

Poland is demanding an apology. The error is made even more disturbing because unlike many other ethnicities within Europe, the Poles refused to man or help run the German concentration camps that had been established within their borders.

Whats more, the Poles were the victims of their own largely unheralded genocide, with some 2 million Polish civilians sent to their deaths and countless others suffering unspeakable torture and abuse.

The is an stirring display of incompetence which even surpasses the State Department’s mistranslation of the word “reset” into Russian. Poland should immediately receive its apology.

81 Responses to Obama Concocts Polish Death Camps

  1. As an American of Polish heritage I find the callous comments by this President derogatory and reflect the caviler attitude that is far too evident within the amateurish White House. I can only begin to imagine what the MSM would have done to President Bush if he had made such comments. I’ll be sending a rather stern email to the White Hose this morning requesting the President stand at a lectern and make a formal apology to Poland and Poles around the world.

  2. Totally agree, Keith. This is how history gets rewritten, one careless phrase at a time until it’s repeated so many times it becomes “common knowledge.”

    • Yes, I just read Wiki’s summary of the problem. I know better than to believe everything on that site, but it’s clear that Poland has tried to resolve this in the past, with great effort. They need the public and media to assist by calling out anyone who does this until they recant and issue a correction.

      • In fact, I just visited CBS’ article on this matter, and there were a handful of comments from posters full of misinformation, that this was all a petty mistake, even accusing the entirety of Poland itself of being “in deep” with the Nazis. Like you implied, Robin, today we’re facing casual comments, tomorrow it’ll be written in the textbooks unless we rail against it.

  3. This is what happens when you have President with absolutely no knowledge
    of history and so self absorbed he just goes through the motions on these very
    solemn occasions. I doubt an apology will come he’s so busy admiring himself that combined with his lifetime pass from the MSM he just ignores the
    hurt he causes others. American will spend years mending fences and undoing the mistakes this man has made and they aren’t small ones. An Ivy
    League education doesn’t mean much they no longer teach history.

    • Another appaling display of Obama’s ignorance when it comes to history. It does beg the question of who writes this stuff….we know he only reads what’s on TOTUS. Maybe it’s all Bush’s fault ?

    • Actually, Obama’s speech/into was WEIRD. He kinda ran one “into” into another, and you couldn’t tell when he’d switched “stories.” HORRIBLE transitions. Odd odd odd. There were neither verbal, nor physical cues.

      • I also thought he made those Medal of Freedom recipients wait a rather long time for him to make his entrance. They came out – rather unceremoniously, stood there for a while, and then there was a nice long pause before rockstar Obama came out to Hail to the chief.

        I haven’t watched these things – ever – before, but it seemed to be more about self-aggrandizement than celebrating the peps getting the awards. He was clearly amused by himself.

        One last thing – these awards seem to go rather prominently to … rather famous people. DOn’t they get enough accolades in life? You’d think this sort of stuff would go people of the more “unsung hero” variety.

        • He and his staff just don’t care about this stuff and do not fact check. Remember his Medal of Honor flub? That was far worse and hardly got a mention..

  4. What would happen, if the Polish president said, handing a special honorary medal for courage to the mum of one of the NY firemen killed in action after the Twin Towers disaster: “We truly appreciate bravery, heroism and sacrifice of the people of The New York fire brigades, who lost their lives trying to rescue the victims of cruel and cowardly American terrorist attack on the World Trade Center”?

  5. Obama’s narcissism and dismissal of world history erupt once again. The Poles deserve more than the expression of “regret” the WH pathetically offered up. And about that Russian “reset”…laughable. Sadly.

    • One last thing. It is particularly unfortunate that Obama said this while bestowing a well deserved honor on Jan Karski. I was fortunate enough to have had some classes and lectures with Professor Karski and he and a few others made my field of study come alive and fueled my passion for history. Men like Jan Karski put most of our current crop of teat sucking liberal academics to shame. And most likely it will be many of them who attempt to dismiss Obama’s words as no big deal.

      • Thank you for your comment. It would be a pity if Obama’s gaffe upstaged the honorable. I see Karski wrote about the Polish Underground — I’ll be sure to read his book!

        • Indeed he was one of the great men of the 20th century. I was privileged. I was also fortunate enough to do grad work in my field at Georgetown when it was worth going to and the education lived up to its reputation.

  6. Such ignorance! I suppose the word “Nazi” is a form of ‘racism’ in Obama’s twisted mind. We can’t offend our enemies. Why is it taking so long for an apology?

  7. Although different in substance, Obama blew it when he claimed a past GOP President was resistent to the telephone when, in fact, he was responsible for bringing technology into the White House. Whomever is writing O’s speeches needs to do a little research from time to time. Is it just laziness? Even the AP Stylebook addresses this point and how to describe it correctly. So much for “Smart Power”.

  8. According to a White House spokesperson, Obama misspoke. How do you misspeak when you are reading from a teleprompter? I think the White House is probably short one speech writer today.

  9. The only way to teach Obama that America is about more than idolizing and worshiping him is to fire him this year. Be careful, though, he does have a “kill list” he personally selects and drones are in America now.

  10. It’s going mainstream now; it’s at the top of Drudge with various links to the UK Telegraph, Bloomberg, and Yahoo.

    Does anyone know if he was reading from TOTUS and, if so, was this the actual text on TOTUS? If it was and he decided to wing it or if he wasn’t using TOTUS, can we say he did a Biden?

  11. He does nothing more than read words off the teleprompter, because he knows absolutely nothing about history before the 1960’s black power movement. Chances are none of the teenaged speechwriters the fraud in chief employs have a strong grasp on world history either. My guess is they use Wikipedia as their resource and wouldn’t know the first thing about cracking a book to learn about the subjects they are writing about.

    There was a time when America’s president cared about the impression he made on the world stage…not this guy. He is an embarrassment to this country. The whole world is laughing at us for putting such an incompetent boob in such a powerful position. Come November we will restore sanity and competence to the office of president.

  12. Words do matter and words spoken by an American President matter a lot. However, Poles and citizens with Polish origins shouldn`t worry too much since this happened during the Obama presidency. This President doesn´t know what he is saying. The Teleprompter was sloppily programmed and that ignorant fool just read the words without reflecting on the content.
    Still, again it´s time for some sweet Schadenfreude.

  13. Greta Van Susteran is defending Obama.
    Last night she went after Donald Trump with Democratic Talking Points.
    We are not pleased with her.

    • Usually don’t watch her show but was following the Texas primary results so had the TV on. I was surprised she went after Trump on the birth certificate thing again. At the end of the interview he sternly told her let’s talk about the economy and she must have got the hint. Glad Trump mentioned his college records, but doubt it will do much good. Chances are any documentation this guy releases will be fraudulent…

    • Greta sort of lost me when she brought Lindsay Lohan as her guest to the Correspondents’ Dinner…she’s said often in the past how she’s “rooting” for Lindsay. Give me a break.

    • Thanks, Mike – I’ll be smiling all day now remembering that portion of the movie.

      His staff probably does the other part:

      “The Germans?”
      “Forget it, he’s on a roll”.