Words do matter – a President’s inexusable blunder

Today, as he bestowed the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Jan Kozielewski, President Obama made a gaffe that I would only expect of Just-Joe-Being-Joe Biden: he referred to WWII Nazi concentration camps in occupied Poland as “Polish Death Camps.”

Mind you, we are constantly reminded of the fact that this is the smartest President ever with an IQ bordering on the “super genius” (eat your heart out, Wile E). In fact, just today we were told (by the President himself) that he knows more about Judaism than any other U.S. President.  Why?  Because he’s read about it, of course.  If that isn’t typical of a narcissist, I don’t know what is.  But that’s not the point of this post.

The point here is that anyone with even a basic understanding of WWII would know of the atrocities committed in Poland during the war by both the Nazis and the Soviets.  There was no such thing as a “Polish Death Camp.”  There were only Nazi Death Camps in Occupied Poland.

If he’s so smart and well read, how on earth could he bungle that one?

Poles, and specifically President Bronislaw Komorowski, are upset. And rightfully so. If I were Polish, I’d be infuriated.  For a world leader to make such a high profile blunder is unacceptable.

For those of you who may not be aware, Poland is an ally of the United States.  It is a country that suffered greatly at the hands of fascists and communists.  But with our support, freedom won out.  And now the man who represents us internationally has spit on that relationship.

[Update: Read this great editorial from The American Spectator on Obama’s Walesa Moment]