April 13th, 2010
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to attend funeral for Polish president

President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady.
President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady, who died in a plane crash last week, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama will leave Saturday night for the funeral on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, for President Lech Kaczynski and first lady Maria Kaczynska, according to the White House statement.

"The president will travel to Krakow to express the depth of our condolences to an important and trusted ally, and our support for the Polish people, on behalf of the American people," the statement said.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Testify

    God bless family, friends of the Pres. of poland and its poeple for their loss.

    April 13, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Dutch

    Thank you Mr. President for being a true statesman.

    April 13, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is the right thing to do, goes without saying.

    April 13, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Jerry

    I am sure he wil stand arm in arm with the russians that killed hime and are arming Iran with nuclear weapons.

    April 13, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. CF

    And the Right will find something to criticize him about for it.

    April 13, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Barry don't bow because he's dead ok?

    April 13, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    OH NOES!!! How horribles!!! This is teh wurst thing evah!!! I can't believe how awfool Obammalammadingdong is for expressing our condolences to Poleland for this trajedy when he should be telling Poleland to shove it and stop trying to make nookular weapons of massive deconstruction!!! He's gonna start World War 3 with this stuff!!! I can't believe how dummy he are!!!

    "psssst, poland is our ally"

    Oh, right...as I wuz sayings....how horribles!!! Why is he flying arownd all ovah teh place? He can only does work in teh WH only!!!! That is teh only place he can does it!!! Does he brings his desk wiff him? NO! It doesn't fit with the teleprompters taking up all the cargo spaces!!! So obviously he can only does works in the Ovill Offices! He's going to get World War 3 started with this stuff...my gawd! Hey Mr. Man...this isn't a vacashun you know!!! We're not paying yoo to go to fooniralls!!! Get back here and does things!!!

    April 13, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Rickster

    Seems like a simple enough task. Hopefully Obama can accomplish it without screwing it up.

    April 13, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Steph

    I'm glad he's going. My prayers are with the Polish people.

    April 13, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. aware

    Stay in Washington Obama! You are a disgrace to the memory of Poland's president and first lady! :(

    April 13, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Max

    Great news, thank you Barack Obama.

    April 13, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. MAD IN TEXAS

    I know the Polish people will be thrilled.. Oh boy we got Erkel the comedian attending our President's funeral. SO SAD ABOUT THE POLISH PRESIDENT HE REALLY WAS FOR THE PEOPLE.

    April 13, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Donnatella

    Thank you Mr. President for being respectful and representing our country.

    April 13, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Bedtime for Obonzo

    That's the least he can do, particularly after he pulled the rug out from under the Polish government a few months ago when he canceled the long-planned ballistic missile defense system.

    April 13, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Michael from Ventura

    Again, this is the correct thing to do. Thanks Mr. President.

    April 13, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. anthony

    And Right-wingers will find SOMETHING negative to say about this too in 3, 2, 1....

    April 13, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |