Poetic justice meter banging out some real numbers.
It’s an easy call, the defiant anti-Marxist knows one when he sees one and was not interested in meeting with him. Kudos to Walesa and the Polish people. KGS
Embarrassing snub for President Obama as Polish hero Lech Walesa skips meeting to go to a biblical festival
Last updated at 7:56 PM on 27th May 2011
Mr Walesa had been invited by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to attend a gathering of Poland’s leading political figures with the U.S. President in Warsaw on Saturday
Poland’s former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa has snubbed an invitation to meet with President Barack Obama.
Mr Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, had been invited by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to attend a gathering of Poland’s leading political figures with the U.S. President in Warsaw on Saturday.
‘It’s difficult to tell journalists what you’d like to say to the president of a superpower. This time I won’t tell him, I won’t meet him, it doesn’t suit me,’ Walesa told news station TVN24.
Mr Obama will leave the G8 summit in Deauville, France, and travel to Warsaw this evening on the last stop on his European tour.
It is the President’s first time in Poland and he will take the opportunity to hold political meetings that will focus on security, energy and joint U.S.-Polish efforts to promote democracy in North Africa, Belarus and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
But hours before his arrival, Polish headlines were dominated by news that Mr Obama was being snubbed by Mr Walesa.
Solidarity was a national freedom movement under Mr Walesa’s leadership in the 1980s that helped bring down communism. It is now a major trade union.
Mr Walesa insisted that he preferred to travel to Italy for a biblical festival, and that he had no interest in a meeting that would amount to little more than a photo-op.