White House shrugs off Polish apology demands

AFP – 21 hours ago
  • US President Barack Obama (left) and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a joint press conference in Warsaw in 2011. The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Polish demands to express more than mere 'regret' after President Barack Obama mistakenly referred to a Nazi Holocaust site as a "Polish death camp." (AFP Photo/Janek Skarzynski)
  • US President Barack Obama (left) and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a joint …

The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Polish demands to express more than mere ‘regret’ after President Barack Obama mistakenly referred to a Nazi Holocaust site as a “Polish death camp.”

“We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was,” said Obama spokesman Jay Carney, reiterating that the president “misspoke” during a ceremony awarding the highest US civilian honor to late Holocaust hero Jan Karski.

“He was referring to Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland.”

Poland had earlier insisted that Washington must do more than simply express the “regret” offered by another White House spokesman late on Tuesday, hours after Obama’s use of words deemed offensive by Warsaw.  Read More…

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One Comment to “White House shrugs off Polish apology demands”

  1. Obama isn’t taking as much heat for his statement about “Polish Death Camps” as Romney did for mis-spelling America. I’m not sure I have even see a mention of the “Death Camps on TV or newspapers.