Poland Honors Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II With New Statue

They get it.

This statue of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II was unveiled Saturday in Gdansk, Poland. The late leaders are revered in Poland for their role in helping to topple communism. | (Czarek Sokolowski~AP)

The Herald Sun reported:

POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago.

The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime.

The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the two late leaders.

It was inspired by an Associated Press photograph taken in 1987 on John Paul’s second pontifical visit to the US.

The photographer who took the picture, Scott Stewart, expressed satisfaction that one of his pictures has helped immortalise “a wonderful moment in time between the two men.”

“In the news business we’re used to having a moment and then that moment being gone a day later. This is one image that should last for a good long time,” Stewart, who now teaches graphic design and photography at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina, said in a phone interview a day before the ceremony.

“I’m happy that it’s been chosen as the seminal moment to represent the relationship of these two people to Poland.”

Reagan and John Paul shared a conviction that communism was a moral evil, not just a bad economic system.

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  • Truthsayer

    Reagan was shorter than the Pope. Where are they now when we need them to get rid of our Communist regime? We need Reagan back in the White House because 1: he’s the right color and 2: he can fix our economy by raising taxes 11 times.

  • Hobbitually conservative

    Well that’s gonna piss off Bari.

  • bg


    8) Amen..


  • Granny

    How very beautiful this is!

  • Benton Park Avenger

    Sorry Truther, the thruth is I knew what Reagan stood for and apparently so did people all over the world. That is why he is admired. I thought progressives consider tax raisers to be hero’s. Eleven tax increase in 8 years that means he should be a leftist superhero!!!!!

  • American Patriot

    I realize Pope John Paul was Polish and so should be revered in his own country, heck he’s revered world-wide for that matter, but I find it amazing that a foreign nation has more love for President Reagan than does his own country! I believe history will be kind to our 40th president.

  • Patty

    Sculptures in Motion.

    “Reagan and John Paul shared a conviction that communism was a moral evil, not just a bad economic system.”

    I wonder if in some way our politicians should speak out more about the direction this ECONOMY IS GOING?

  • Patty
  • Patty

    He was definitely larger than life and we will always love him, here too.

  • Patty


    Syria May Be Preparing To Use Saddam Hussein’s WMD…


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  • Patty

    OT but speaks about Reagan

    George Shultz: Memo to Romney — Expand the Pie

    George Shultz, the former secretary of state and Treasury says America’s current problems are large, and its power in the world is diminished. But the policies for revival are obvious with the right leadership.

    […]”It took long-term thinking,” Mr. Shultz emphasizes. “I’ll give you an example. [Reagan] knew and we all advised him you can’t have a decent economy with the kind of inflation we’ve got. . . . The political people would come in and say ‘You’ve got to be careful, Mr. President. There’s gonna be a recession [if the Federal Reserve tightens the money supply]. You’re gonna lose seats in the midterm election.’

    “And he basically said, ‘If not us who? If not now when?’ And he held a political umbrella over [Fed Chairman] Paul Volcker, and Paul did what needed to be done. And by late ’82 early ’83, inflation was under control, the tax changes that he made were kicking in, and the economy took off. But it took a politician with an ability to take a short-term hit in order to get the long-run results that we needed.”[….]


  • bg


    Poland = Pope John Paul II & Ronald Reagan

    NYC Central Park = Che Guevara


  • rinardman

    Maybe someday the people of Poland will put up a statue of Barry, in honor of his “Polish death camps” remark.

    Probably in a dog park, where dogs can use it as a urinal.

  • bg


    Patty #10 July 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

    over 17,000 civilians slaughtered so far..

    ergo, doesn’t put a dent in the stated UN population goal..

    however, they will most assuredly consider writing a strong diplomatically
    nuanced letter to Assad as they dine on fine wine & caviar in their newly
    refurbished, via US taxpayer dollars, feasting room while 18 million African
    women and children starve, and please, don’t worry about the men, most
    have been sort of mowed down by their IslaMarxist “government funded”
    armies ala: Syria.. /s/


  • Flintstone F.


    You say part of the problem with Obama as president is that he’s black? I’d say that’s pretty damned racist.

    Compare Reagan’s spending to Obama’s and come back and tell me it’s something you care about.

    The Polish get it. They admire America and the American way of life. They immortalize the greatest president in my lifetime in bronze for saving them from communism. Now if only the Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media would just do their job.

    The narrative is always anti-American, they paint Europe and the rest of the world as hateful toward the US. It’s not true.

    One example: On 9/11 the German’s hold huge candlelight vigils at night for the US. A solemn and beautiful tribute to Americans who lost their lives. Did anyone ever see or hear about this on the tv news? Ever? Who else around the world does this kind of things in our honor that we never hear about?

    I’ll bet nobody tries to take that statue down like they did with the Reagan statue here.

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  • bg


    Truthslayer #1 July 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    there, fixed it for you..


  • bg


    re: #13 July 15, 2012 at 10:33 am bg

    oops, forgot, in Obama campaign offices to boot..


  • Valerie

    The rest of the world thinks we are crazy, but crazy in a good way. In November, the whole world will be watching, and if Romney wins, the whole world will breathe a quiet sigh of relief, just like they did when Israel bombed that Syrian nuclear site.

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  • Valerie

    About that statue: the photographer who took the picture loved it, and felt honored that his photograph had been used. And, given the difference in posture of the two men, it looks to me like the pope could well have been taller that Reagan, but he was frail at that time, and hunched. Changing the way the Pope actually stood would have been an unwarranted political statement.

  • Wow. So Polish people aren’t afraid of offending Muslims, liberals, coloreds, etc.? Damn I gotta start studying Polish.

    Imagine trying to put such a statue in a public space in a major US city. You’d get sued, injunctions up the wazoo, and some counter protests too. And some Occupy freaks would certainly try to have sex with it or poop on it.

  • Fuquay Steve

    I love Poland.

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  • bg


    View 4 photos »

    be sure to check out #3 of the 4.. 🙂


  • MVH

    This is one of may favorite images of these two great men. And now it has been immortalized in sculpture.

    Vivat Ioannes Paulus Magnus et Ronald Magnus!

  • MVH

    Vivat Ioannes Paulus Magnus et Ronaldus Magnus!

  • paz

    Poland will never forget how Reagan made the commies piss themselves. He helped them get the courage to kick them all out of the country/power and I’ve seen the tremendous growth of the standard of living after visiting my family there over the last 20 years. It’s insane how much of a change occurred thanks to CAPITALISM.

    Also, German and French companies have provided many jobs to Poles.

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