PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO POLAND

31 May 2011 10:35 AM | Anonymous

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO POLAND

 

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From Rob Strybel

 

NOBODY WANTS TO AGGRAVATE RUSSIA – KOMOROWSKI
During an interview with news channel TVN24 following the Obama visit , President Bronislaw Komorowski said: “President Obama has a very sober and rational approach to the Russian problem, and in that regard we agree to a considerable extent. Nobody wants to aggravate Polish-Russian or NATO-Russian relations. We NATO members wish to arrange our relations with Russia the best we can, but on such a basis that we can continue to have the comfort of a sense of security and NATO coherence.”

OBAMA FELT POLAND – FOREIGN MINISTER RADOSŁAW SIKORSKI
“It was a good visit which reaffirmed the strength of our alliance,” Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski told newsmen. “Barack Obama felt Poland. I saw how moved he was when he met not only war veterans but also Solidarity veterans and how attentively he listened to their remarks on the democratisation of the Middle East, Belarus and North Africa…”

OBAMA VISIT SUCCESSFUL BUT MOSTLY SYMBOLIC – PIPES
Harvard Europe expert Prof. Richard Pipes has called Obama’s visit to Poland a “diplomatic success whose significance is mainly symbolic and psychological…
The result will be a certain American military presence in Poland. That probably does not worry the Russians. The missile shield was something significant. What Obama is proposing, a few Americans in Poland, a few planes is probably only to make the Poles feel good about the American presence but it has no military importance.”
The distant 2018 date when mobile missiles would be installed in Poland makes Pipes wonder whether those plans will ever really materialize.

OBAMA VISIT VERY SUCCESSFUL – SMOLAR
Political analyst Professor Aleksander Smolar, who heads the Stefan Batory Foundation, told PAP: “The very fact that it occurred was a success… So far Obama had not expressed much interest in Europe, focusing on new power centres such as China, India, and Brazil, and Russia occupies an important place in his policies… Much of the visit involved pleasant gestures and tributes to Poles for solidarity and their freedom tradition. But it was also obvious that he expects Poland to be involved in building democracy elsewhere.”

FORMER US AMBASSADOR ASHE CALLS OBAMA VISIT A SUCCESS
“I believe that in time the American air force detachment will remain in Poland permanently if that is what the Polish government wants. The rotation is a good beginning. On the American side that will require a political decision... I hope the president will now work to persuade Congress to pass the visa law. The real test is how actively he will promote it in Congress.”

ADAM HOFFMAN OF PiS PRAISES VISIT
“On the Polish side the visit went well. It was the first time since the Georgian crisis that all Polish political forces spoke with one voice…On the American side, Obama was making up for his previous neglect of Europe with respect to Britain and Central Europe… President Obama said he was open to cooperation with Jaroslaw Kaczynski,” a prominent member of the Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party told a TV political talks show.

POLES SHOULD THINK ABOUT BUSINESS WITH RUSSIA LIKE THE U.S.
Eugeniusz Klopotek, PSL activist on TVN24 political talk show: “Whether anyone likes it or not Obama wants to do business with Russia and we should also start thinking along those lines.”

BELARUSIAN OPPOSITON DELIGHTED AT OBAMA’S SUPPORT
The head of Belarus’ United Citizens Party, Anatol Labiedzka, told Radio Swaboda: “Judging by what has occurred in Warsaw, it is certain that the Belarussian question will be one of the most important issues for Poland which will hold the EU presidency. Including the Americans in that process improves the situation within the EU.” Another Belarusian opposition activist, former parliamentary speaker Stanislaw Szuszkiewicz, commented: “If Obama’s declarations in Warsaw will provide incentives for American sanctions (against the Lukashenka regime), that will be magnificent.”

OBAMA CALMED POLES AND RUSSIA ON MISSILE SHIELD - AFP
American President Barack Obama tried to calm both Moscow and his Polish interlocutors regarding Washington’s intentions on its missile shield, AFP reported following the Obama visit to Warsaw. The agency quoted Obama’s words about the need to cooperate with Russia to oppose “common threats”. As regards Poland and its neighbours, strong ties with Washington have a basic significance to ensure their independence in relations with Moscow. Romania and Poland have agreed to station SM-3 interceptor missiles on their territory from 2015 and 2018, and that has caused Moscow’s irritation as a security threat.

 

A STORY ABOUT POLAND THAT OVERLOOKS POLAND


Compiled by Ted Mirecki:

 

Obama: Poland's Transformations Make Poland Europe's Leader
http://www.warsawvoice.pl/WVpage/pages/article.php/16840/news

Letter to the Editor: A story about Poland that overlooks Poland
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-story-about-poland-that-overlooks-poland/2011/06/02/AG3KROIH_story.html
[Critical of WP coverage of Obama's visit ]

Congressman Daniel Lipinski on the Future of U.S.-Polish Relations
http://www.cepa.org/ced/view.aspx?record_id=304

Obama Defends 'Reset' With Russia During Visit to Warsaw
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/obama-defends-reset-with-russia-during-visit-to-warsaw/437720.html

Obama in Poland: Substance and Symbolism
http://www.cepa.org/ced/view.aspx?record_id=306

Obama reaffirms US security pledge to ally Poland

(Video of joint press conference)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-poland-obamatre74q5fw-20110527,0,7407923.story

 

Obama supports easing visa requirements for Poles

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-obama-poland-vistre74r0qd-20110528,0,3697548.story

 

Obama: 'Poland can be a world leader'

http://thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/25121,Obama-'Poland-can-be-a-world-leader

 

This is the only media interview Pres. Obama gave during his trip. If you read Polish, read it here:

http://lubczasopismo.salon24.pl/obamawpolsce/post/310730,obama-dla-salon24-pl-polska-moze-byc-swiatowym-liderem

 

Obama, Poland and Russia

by Mark Brzezinski

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/opinion/27iht-edbrzezinski27.html

 

Obama pays respects to Smolensk victims

http://thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/25119,Obama-pays-respects-to-Smolensk-victims

 

[More Obama visit stories from Polish News Agency at http://thenews.pl/1/10,International ]

Obama Cites Poland as Model for Arab Shift

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/world/europe/29prexy.html

 

Missile defense, shale gas top Obama agenda in Poland

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-obama-polandtre74o3dh-20110525,0,3686151.story

 

President Barack Obama's fence-mending with Poland

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13572837

 

ANALYSIS-Obama uses own story to woo Europe, attract voters

"First he was Irish, then he was British, and now he's Polish, too."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-obama-europepolitin29131349-20110529,0,5957911.story

 

Poles See Obama Visit Through Lens of Generation

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/world/europe/28iht-poland28.html

 

Obama's crucial moment in Poland

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0526/Obama-s-crucial-moment-in-Poland

 

Obama in Poland to honor history, boost ties

http://www.aolnews.com/story/obama-visit-to-poland-chance-to-add/1825463/

 

U.S. and Polish Mutual Interests

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/opinion/28iht-edlet28.html

 

U.S., Poland to seal airforce deal: White House

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-poland-obama-airtre74q4rg-20110527,0,7507822.story

 

Doing Geopolitics in Eastern Europe

http://carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44182

 

Obama in Poland: Poland's ebbing Atlanticism

http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/05/obama_poland

 

Lech Wałęsa cold shoulders Obama: the US president is clearly no Reagan

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100089954/lech-walesa-cold-shoulders-obama-the-us-president-is-clearly-no-reagan/

 

Poland to greet Obama with caution

Poles favor the European Union as a partner after a series of slights from America.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/poland/110526/poland-barack-obama-visit-polish-american-relations

 

Poles Neglected

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0511/POLES_NEGLECTED.html

 

Serbia boycotts Warsaw summit with Obama over Kosovo invite

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15105162,00.html

 

If Obama really wants to lead us to a free world, he should abolish the G8

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/may/25/barack-obama-free-world-g8

 

Thanks to Len Baldyga of Arlington, VA for this compilation (Ted Mirecki)

 

Texts, Transcripts and Factsheets

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski in Discussion on Democracy http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/obama_komorowski.pdf

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland after Bilateral Meeting

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/remarks_after_meeting.pdf

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland in Joint Press Conference

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/28/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-tusk-poland-joint-press-confe

 

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Business Roundtable

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/roundtable.pdf

 

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Bilateral Defense Cooperation

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/defense.pdf

 

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Polish Efforts to Advance Democracy Worldwide

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/factsheet_democracy.pdf

 

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Cooperation on Clean Energy

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/factsheet_energy.pdf

 

The United States and Poland - An Alliance and Partnership for the 21st Century http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/partnership.pdf

 

Text of a letter from the President regarding Poland and the Visa Waiver Program

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/poland/788/pdfs/visa_letter.pdf

 

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Letter to the Editor of Dziennik Zwiazkowy from a member of the PAC Washington Area Division, RE situation of the Polish minority in Lithuania (in Polish)

http://www.dziennikzwiazkowy.com/listy-do-redakcji/16683-list-do-redakcji.html

 

Remembering Cardinal Wyszyński

http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/25106,Remembering-Cardinal-Wyszynski

 

Can Lady with an Ermine really take down Mona Lisa in the battle of the Leonardo blockbusters?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/22/sam-leith-leonardo-lady-ermine

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