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Gordon Shumway 04-18-2010 09:29 PM

Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course
 
Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course - Washington Times

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A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation's president. But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.
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On a cool but sun-drenched Sunday, the president and three golfing companions went to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio's Mark Knoller.
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Mr. 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. There, they signed a condolence book.
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Mr. Obama was not the only world leader to miss the funeral because of the expanding volcanic ash cloud. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also canceled.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, however, flew by plane from Moscow for the funeral.

Other foreign leaders used different modes of transportation to get there. Slovenian President Danilo Turk decided to drive the 500 miles to Krakow. Romanian President Traian Basescu traveled to northwestern Romania by helicopter and then continue by car through Hungary and Slovakia.

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip made the 18-hour drive to the funeral, while Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus made the trip by car and train. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko left Kiev with his wife at 7 a.m. Saturday for the long road trip.
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Mr. Obama has played golf far more often than former President George W. Bush. In his eight years in office, Mr. Bush played just 24 times. His last time as president was Oct. 13, 2003.
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He stopped playing after he received word of a deadly attack in Iraq while playing golf during a stay at the family ranch near Crawford, Texas.

"They pulled me off the golf course, and I said it's just not worth it anymore to do," Mr. Bush said in the interview.

Since Mr. Obama took office, 397 soldiers have died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Another 151 have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On one aspect I understand why the trip was cancelled.
However, some other leaders went to great lengths to get to the funeral.
Certainly if he wanted, President Obama, could have flown to an unaffected area & then drove to show support for the Polish people & their government.
But, he couldn't even find the time to go to their embassy in Washington --- indifference; or lack of respect?
I guess he has other priorities.

cnredd 04-19-2010 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway (Post 137663)
On one aspect I understand why the trip was cancelled.
However, some other leaders went to great lengths to get to the funeral.
Certainly if he wanted, President Obama, could have flown to an unaffected area & then drove to show support for the Polish people & their government.
But, he couldn't even find the time to go to their embassy in Washington --- indifference; or lack of respect?
I guess he has other priorities.

I would've done SOMETHING...

A video with a speech to the Polish people (he made time to do one for the Iranian people)...

A visit to the embassy...

A wreath cermony at Pulaski Park...

Anything!...At least not something that would give the aura of not caring (which, after pulling back on a signed missile defense treaty, might've been what he wanted in the first place)...:(

MrLiberty 04-19-2010 04:11 AM

Obama skips Polsih funeral, golfs instead
 
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A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation's president. But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.

On a cool but sun-drenched Sunday, the president and three golfing companions went to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio's Mark Knoller.

After canceling the Poland trip on Saturday, the White House announced that Mr. Obama had no public schedule for Sunday. He was to have arrived in Krakow in the morning, attend the 2 p.m. funeral and leave for home by 5 p.m., arriving back at the White House after midnight.

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.

Mr. 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. There, they signed a condolence book.

Mr. Obama was not the only world leader to miss the funeral because of the expanding volcanic ash cloud. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also canceled.
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Mr. Obama has played golf far more often than former President George W. Bush. In his eight years in office, Mr. Bush played just 24 times. His last time as president was Oct. 13, 2003.
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Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course - Washington Times

I always pay my respects to the fallen by playing a round of golf! :rolls

Dave1 04-19-2010 07:42 AM

Re: Obama skips Polsih funeral, golfs instead
 
Mr. Obama has played golf far more often than former President George W. Bush. In his eight years in office, Mr. Bush played just 24 times. His last time as president was Oct. 13, 2003.



....Most excellent........:thumbsup

faithful_servant 04-19-2010 10:51 AM

Re: Obama skips Polsih funeral, golfs instead
 
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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 137709)
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Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course - Washington Times

I always pay my respects to the fallen by playing a round of golf! :rolls

Please... :rolls

Massive numbers of flights to Europe have been cancelled and the President's was one of them. I wish that he had chosen a more appropriate alternate activity, such as scheduling and attending a public broadcast of the funeral and making a short statement to the people of Poland. This isn't a case showing disrespect to the Polish people, just a case of a poor choice in how he handled the situation of not being able to attend.

PinkSpoon 04-19-2010 11:05 AM

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He has respect for no one but himself.
He is a very selfish man.
At the least he should have gone to the embassy.
The man has no class.

Mustang Man 04-19-2010 12:57 PM

Re: Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course
 
Just shows where his priorities are. Wonder how many leaders will show up at his funeral?

GottaGo 04-19-2010 01:02 PM

Re: Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course
 
This really saddens me. I am not surprised, however.

The lack of respect for any of this country's allies, the lack of respect of this country's citizens, and the lack of respect of a leader who dies in service to his nation.

Not scoring very high on that catagory, I'm afraid.

Hope he lost his ball in the rough.

Kizzume 04-19-2010 01:34 PM

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If Bush had done the same thing, it would be front page news.

GottaGo 04-19-2010 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Kizzume (Post 137782)
If Bush had done the same thing, it would be front page news.

I'm confused.... maybe I missed something, or have you jumped the tracks?


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