But as he was giving his speech, he said the single most offensive thing he could possibly have said on this occasion:
"Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself."
The problem with this is many fold. On the surface, it is simply historically ignorant. But it goes much further than that. This is the leader of the free world. And he's in process of honoring a Polish Resistance Fighter. And he manages to tragically insult him in the same sentence.
At worst, it is a blatant insult and a tremendous sign of disrespect. Read this brief, but extremely comprehensive synopsis of Polish-german-jewish relations in WW2, and specifically why this is such a big deal to Poles.
Shouldn't the president of the United States know some basic history here? But i guess what can you expect? He's the first United States leader to bow before a foreign leader in, um, EVER. (Something George Washington specifically said he nor any leader of this great nation would never do).
Somehow i doubt an apology will be forthcoming from obama on this one...