Obama cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, along with dozens of top Polish government officials were killed April 10 when their airplane went down in heavy fog after clipping a tree on approach to Smolensk, Russia. After canceling the Poland trip Obama headed to the links for a round of golf. Obama has not gone to the Polish Embassy in Washington since the accident, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. both have.
The Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption has sent a massive plume of volcanic ash that is covering most of Europe. Obama has shown no interest concerning Kaczynski death and decided to play golf during a time when 80% of Poland’s government officials have been killed in a plane crash. Yes readers, these are Poland’s leaders.
Some of the leaders killed in the crash:
Lech Kaczynski, 60. Poland’s president, a nationalist conservative who had been in office since 2005. A founder of the Law and Justice party, now in opposition, and the twin brother of its leader, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Maria Kaczynska, 66, Poland’s first lady; an economist and translator of English and French, had carried out charity work in her role as first lady.
Pawel Wypych – Presidential aide
Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta, 51, Navy chief commander since November 2009. From 2002-2005 served at the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic, SACLANT in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mariusz Handzlik – Presidential aide
Gen. Tadeusz Buk, 49, land forces commander since Sept. 2009. Served in 2007 as commander of Polish troops in Iraq.
Ryszard Kaczorowski, 90, from 1989-90 Poland’s last president-in-exile in London. In December 1990, passed on the insignia of the presidency to the first democratically elected president, Lech Walesa, in a high-profile ceremony.
Aleksander Szczyglo, 46, head of the National Security Office, a former defense minister under Kaczynski’s brother.
Andrzej Kremer – Deputy Foreign Minister
Jerzy Szmajdzinski, 58, a deputy parliament speaker, left-wing lawmaker and the opposition Democratic Left Alliance’s candidate for presidential elections this year. Served as defense minister at the time of the Iraq war.
Andrzej Przewoznik – in Charge of WWII Memorials
Janina Fetlinska, Senator
Gen. Franciszek Gagor, 58. Army chief of staff since Feb. 2006. From 2004 to 2006, was Poland’s representative at NATO in Brussels..
Gen. Andrzej Blasik, 47, head of the Air Force since 2007. Received professional military education in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2005.
Janusz Kurtyka, 49. A historian; since 2005 head of state-run National Remembrance Institute, which investigates communist-era crimes.
Slawomir Skrzypek, 46, president of the National Bank of Poland since 2007. A longtime colleague of Lech Kaczynski, served under him at Warsaw City Hall from 2002-5.
Janusz Kochanowski – Civil Rights Commissioner
Grazyna Gesicka, MP
Anna Walentynowicz, 80, Solidarity activist. Her firing in August 1980 from the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk sparked a workers’ strike that spurred the eventual creation of the freedom movement, of which she became a prominent member.
Bishop Tadeusz Ploski – Army Chaplain
Przemyslaw Gosiewski – Lawmaker
Zbigniew Wassermann – Lawmaker
Grzegorz Dolniak – Lawmaker
Leszek Deptula, MP
Katarzyna Doraczynska, President’s Chancellery
General Tadeusz Buk – Head of Land Forces in Poland
Krystyna Bochenek, 56, deputy parliament speaker, member of the prime minister’s Civic Platform party.
Piotr Nurowski, 64, head of Poland’s Olympic Committee.
Mariusz Handzlik, Minister at the President’s Chancellery
Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, MP
Sebastian Karpiniuk, MP
Mariusz Kazana, Foreign Ministry
Stanislaw Jerzy Komorowski, Deputy Defence Minister
Janusz Kurtyka, National Remembrance Institute head
Tomasz Merta, Deputy Culture Minister
Aleksandra Natalli-Swiat, MP
Krzysztof Putra, Deputy Speaker of parliament
Arkadiusz Rybicki, MP
Wladyslaw Stasiak, head of Kaczynski’s Chancellery
Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz, MP
Izabela Tomaszewska, President’s Chancellery
Wieslaw Woda, MP
Edward Wojtas, MP
Pawel Wypych, Minister and Kaczynski’s Chancellery
Stanislaw Zajac, Senator
One would think that any president would show some concern, not Obama. Emptysuit and three golfing companions went to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes.
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