As noted recently in the New York Times, the United States might not have the same pizazz in the eyes of young Poles as compared to that of their parents, but when the “Leader of the Free World” pays you a visit you roll out the red carpet.
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama made a 24-hour visit to Poland as part of the final phase of his European tour.
He visited four countries over six days with his flying fortress, Air Force One, touching down in Warsaw on Friday evening.
He met with Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He discussed security and energy issues, met with leaders of Polish democracy, and, along with Poland’s President, co-hosted a dinner for leaders of Central and European states.
Obama called Poland a model for the world and praised the country for it’s peaceful and succesful transition to democracy after the fall of Communism in 1989.
He also confessed to a personal Polish link.
“If you come from Chicago and you haven’t become a little bit Polish, something’s wrong with you,” he joked.