Anti-communist hero Lech Walesa announced today that he would not meet with Obama.
The former Solidarity Leader said, “It doesn’t suit me.”
Walesa explained that he has “a very tight schedule,” and that his ‘programme is filled to the maximum.”
Pope John Paul II with anti-communist hero Lech Walesa (Polish Greatness)
Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity-era legend, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet with fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.
“It’s difficult to tell journalists what you’d like to say to the president of a superpower. This time I won’t tell him, I won’t meet him, it doesn’t suit me,” Walesa told Poland’s public broadcaster TVP.
Obama is due to arrive in Poland later Friday after the G8 summit in France.
Walesa was originally scheduled to meet Obama Saturday along with other key figures in Poland’s post-1989 transition from communism to democracy.
According to sources close to Walesa, he was expecting a personal invitation from Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 shortly after taking office.