The White House rejected Poland’s request that Lech Walesa receive the Medal of Honor on behalf of Polish World War II hero Jan Karski, according to the Wall Street Journal:
The mood soured a bit before Tuesday’s award ceremony. The Poles wanted Lech Walesa to receive the medal on Karski’s behalf, but the White House nixed the choice. Last year, during Mr. Obama’s visit to Poland, the hero of Solidarity refused to attend a large gathering to meet the younger leader. Mr. Walesa felt entitled to a tete-a-tete. Administration officials told Polish journalists that Mr. Walesa’s presence was too “political” for this week’s occasion. Poles read something else into it: Mr. Obama holds grudges. The counter-snub was the talk of Poland last week.
Walesa, the hero of the opposition to Poland’s Communist regime and the symbol of the resistance the country’s domination by the Soviets, has more recently criticized Obama and warned that the United States was slipping toward Socialism, according to the National Review,
As the National Review notes:
Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.
This was all before Obama carelessly referred to Polish Death Camps at the ceremony and then refused Polish demands that he apologize.
Looks like we’ve pressed the Reset Button on our relations with Poland.