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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lech Walesa all but endorses Mitt Romney during meeting in Poland

It is very telling that former Polish President, Lech Walesa, refused to meet with Obama in May 2011. Walesa has lived under communism and rejects it. He must view Obama as an oppressive tyrant as I do. There is very little room for any other explanation. - Reggie

Polish human rights icon and former President Lech Walesa all but endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday, urging him to “be successful.”

“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,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was heard telling Romney when the press was allowed in on the tail end of their meeting. “Gov. Romney, get your success – be successful!"

Walesa made the remarks at the start of Romney's two-day trip to Poland, where he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Monday and visit memorials to the Poles who fought in World War II and the Solidarnosc — or Solidarity — anti-communist trade-union movement that Walesa led in the 1980s. Romney has sought to portray himself as a stronger ally than President Obama when it comes to defending central and eastern Europe against Russia.

Walesa's remarks follow a series of tiffs with Obama. Walesa skipped a meeting of national leaders with Obama organized by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski during the president's trip to Poland in May 2011.

“I won't meet him,” Walesa told reporters at the time. “It doesn't suit me.”

One year later, the White House refused to allow Walesa to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously honored to Jan Karski, a member of the Polish underground during World War II, deeming Walesa “too political.” While awarding the medal, Obama compounded Polish anger by referring to a “Polish death camp” instead of a Nazi death camp in Poland.

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