Obama Shuns Lech Walesa Because He's "Too Political"
Obama got a short pass because he was actually nice to George W. Bush yesterday, but a story at NRO today once again shows the idiotic lack of judgment by the White House. You remember that last week Obama gave a posthumous medal of freedom to Jan Karski, the Pole who brought news of the Holocaust to the West during WWII. Great--he deserved it (it was, in this part of the program, that Obama called the camps "Polish Death Camps"). But that's not the whole story. Rory Cooper writes:
According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.
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.
Most conservatives, quite rightly, honor Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher as the two great conservative leaders of the last part of last century. Two others, Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel (who recently died), looked communism in the eye, never flinched, and won. Both became leaders of their countries. They symbolize the human desire for freedom.
Ironically, Walesa and Obama share a distinction: each won the Nobel Peace Prize. Walesa for risking everything (including life and freedom); Obama for thinking politically correct thoughts. There is a difference.
So we have a president who bows to the King of Saudi Arabia, chums it up with Chavez, but doesn't have time for Walesa, can't bear the daily rebuke that a bust of Winston Churchill would give him, and finds Benjamin Netanyahu a pain to deal with. That pretty well sums up Mr. Obama.