Friday, June 1, 2012

Too political

It was apparently deemed it too political for President Obama to give Poland's Lech Walesa a role in a White House ceremony earlier this week. According to the Wall Street Journal, Poland wanted Walesa to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of the late Jan Karski, but our president nixed the idea.

A socialist, however, got a warm welcome at Obama's place. It wasn't too political when Dolores Huerta, an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, was awarded the Medal of Freedom by Mr. Obama at the White House ceremony.

Karski, a Polish resistance organizer in WWII, and Huerta, a labor organizer and political activist, were among this year's thirteen Medal of Freedom recipients. Bob Dylan and John Glenn were among the others.

Walesa may have been snubbed by the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but that wasn't always the case. President George Bush awarded Walesa his own Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in 1989. Walesa was also honored with a State Dinner in 1991 after his rise to the Polish presidency.

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