Wednesday, May 30, 2012

White House says Obama 'misspoke' due to smoking crack after Poles demand apology over ‘Polish death camp’ remark

May 29, 2012: President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld who is accepting for Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a "Polish death camp" while honoring a Polish war hero.

The president's remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it a "German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland," to distinguish the perpetrators from the location. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called it a matter of "ignorance and incompetence."

Obama made the comment while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Karski died in 2000.

During an East Room ceremony honoring 13 Medal of Freedom recipients, Obama said that Karski "served as a courier for the Polish resistance during the darkest days of World War II. 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. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and imploring to the world to take action."

Sikorski tweeted that the White House would apologize for "this outrageous error" and that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk would address the matter on Wednesday.

"It's a pity that such a dignified ceremony was overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence."

Alex Storozynski, president of the Kosciuszko Foundation, said Obama's comment "shocked the Poles present at the White House and those watching on C-SPAN. ... Karski would have cringed if he heard this."

National Security Council spokesman Tommy 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."

Anxious to quell the controversy, the White House also noted that the president had visited the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial while in Poland and that he has repeatedly discussed the bravery of Poles during World War II.

The Polish Embassy in Washington, on its website, has a "how-to guide" on concentration camps that states that references to Polish death camps are "factually incorrect slurs" that should be corrected.

The Associated Press Stylebook states that when referring to "World War II camps in countries occupied by Nazi Germany, do not use phrases like Polish death camps that confuse the location and the perpetrators. Use instead, for example, death camps in Nazi-occupied Poland."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

if obamas father had a son he would be ignorant and incompetent among a vast array of other things.

Anonymous said...

Your job as president is to be worldy and well spoken....way to fuck it up again Obama, if he screws up the easy ones like this how do we trut him at all?

Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

The common terminology is "Nazi death camp".


Obama and everyone around him are complete fucking idiots.

Anonymous said...

I guess this overshadows him missing the polish prime ministers funeral after plane crash death because he was playing golf.

Anonymous said...

The Poles should realize that they are dealing with a Kenyan usurping down-lo, fraudulent nigger who is "presimadent" in name only and whose views do not represent those of the United States.

Anonymous said...

Teleprompter was broke so the talking monkey was lost,

Anonymous said...

Actually, the communist Poles did have death camps after the war. They put German ethnics in camps where many died of malnutrition and sickness. I know a retired CPD who was in the camps with his Mom and 2 siblings. 1 potato and water per day, until they could get refugee status.

Anonymous said...

well if you knew polands record of killing their own jews with german participation you wouldnt be so soon to jump on what the colored boy originally said,

Anonymous said...

Polish death camps, Austrian language, the police acted stupidly, I’ve now been in 57 states, “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12, “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”

Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole.”, And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us”–cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm– and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.” and Navy Corpse-man. They had a field day with Dan Quail and his p-o-t-a-t-o- problem. This nit wit fucks up regularly and not a peep out of the media referring to how stupid he is.

Anonymous said...

What? Now the Polacks are turning into crybabies like the fucking dark races? Jesus Christ!!

I Voted For Obama said...

Adam Daniel Rotfield voted for Obama, then remembered he was Polish.

Anonymous said...

What an incompetent negro

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a nigger.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have the video when Obama was visiting Russia and no one would shake his hand?

Anonymous said...

If I called my neighbor a stupid effin Polack what would happen? Nothing much.
If I called the mailman a stupid effin nigger, would I be arrested?
Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Obama isnt a great speaker like everyone thinks.Without his handlers and teleprompter he is worthless.

Anonymous said...

There's a Polack joke here somewhere!
Lets see Black President , Nazi's Hmmm

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that Poles gave up a lot of their Polish Jew friends and neighbors to the Nazis, so Obama really wasn't off the mark at all.

Anonymous said...

Typical insensitive asshole comment.

But the Poles are expected to say nothing.

If it were anti-Black there would be a riot!

Fuck Obama!

I Voted For Obama said...

Sometimes Obama should just stick to the script.