Speaking of his decision to not accept an invitation to join a group of dignitaries in welcoming President Obama to Poland, Lech Walesa said this:
"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."
Ouch. It doesn't suit him?
Small wonder, really. Lech Walesa knows about sacrificing for freedom. He is beloved in his native Poland. While Barack Obama pursues Russia as his best buddy in Europe, the rest of Europe is shoved aside. Unlike George W. Bush who built strong alliances with European nations, Barack Obama is more interested in cutting Poland off at the knees by scrapping the missile defense system and pursuing the new START Treaty with Russia.
Barack Obama stands in sharp contrast with Walesa. Instead of standing up as a freedom fighter, as Walesa did for his country against the former Soviet Union, Obama has to be dragged kicking and screaming into supporting those who rise up against dictators and regimes - as the recent events in the middle east have shown.
Lech Walesa knew what a meeting would be - a photo op for Obama's re-election literature. Mr Walesa, a former president still sought out by international visitors, said he had turned down the Obama invitation because it amounted to little more than a photo opportunity
Truth to power.
And, the Jews in Poland expressed concern towards Obama's mixed messages in support of Israel. President Obama was confronted Friday with a plea from a Polish Jew to support Israel just moments after he landed in the country where Nazis staged the Holocaust.
"It's the only Jewish state we have," Monika Krawczyk told the President on his first visit to Poland.
"I will always be there for Israel," Obama replied.
Obama also planted a kiss on Halina Szpilman, the widow of Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose harrowing story was the subject of Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning movie "The Pianist."
I hear busses.