The White House is resisting Poland’s demands for an apology for President Obama’s recent gaffe, which occurred, ironically enough, during an awards ceremony honoring Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski. The president referred to one of the scenes of Nazi atrocities as a “Polish death camp”, which sent shockwaves through a nation where memories of Germany’s brutal occupation during World War II are still strong.
As gaffes go, this one is a humdinger. The White House is offering regrets but no apology, showing a rather high-handed disregard of Polish sensibilities, and by an administration that likes to contrast its superiority over the Bush Administration when it comes to understanding other cultures.
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