Mitt Romney today got a major international endorsement, receiving the blessing of the hero of Polish freedom, Lech Walesa.
Walesa, who met with the presumptive Republican nominee in Gdansk, told Romney to get his success on, or something.
I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Governor Romney, get your success, be successful!
Walesa pounded the table for emphasis.
This is not a minor thing. Large numbers of Polish Americans inhabit key battleground states, like Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Walesa is a hero to many of them.
The Romney endorsement is a little bit of sweet revenge for Walesa, who was not invited this spring to the White House ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Jan Karski. Poland wanted to Walesa to actually receive the award on behalf of Karski.
The snub seemed to be petty payback by the White House.
Walesa didn’t attend a group meeting with Obama when Obama was in Poland because he felt he should have been entitled to a one-on-one session. Not unreasonable, given that Walesa is a major historical figure who won his Nobel Peace Prize after earning it.
Since then, Walesa has warned that the United States was on the very road to socialism Poland had recently gotten off of.
Romney today commended Walesa for his work in Tunisia.
You play such an important role on the world stage and you travel throughout the world, including Tunisia, and other parts of the world to describe the values of freedom which you champion here.