Americans of all walks of life continue their tremendous outpouring of support to the Polish people. “Americans greatly admire the way the Polish people have come together at this time of national mourning. We have been inspired by the patriotism and resilient response of Poland’s political leaders, despite their overwhelming grief,” Ambassador Lee Feinstein said. Ambassador Feinstein met on April 11 with Speaker of the Sejm Bronislaw Komorowski to convey his condolences, and attended the arrival ceremonies at Warsaw military airport.
On April 11, President Barack Obama and the First Lady sent a personal note and a wreath to the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC. In the note, they said, “The people of Poland are in our thoughts and prayers in the wake of this terrible tragedy. Please know that the American people stand with our close friend and ally Poland, at this time and for all time.”
National Security Advisor General James Jones and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel signed the condolence book at the Polish Embassy in Washington on April 11. Also on April 11, in expressing his condolences to Defense Minister Bogdan Klich, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that “in this accident, Poland has lost some of its most brilliant and dedicated patriots and public servants – citizens who have transformed their country into a model of peace and prosperity at the center of the Euro-Atlantic community.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to offer her condolences. In a statement issued shortly after she learned of the catastrophe, she said, “lost alongside President Kaczynski and his wife were Polish leaders from across the political spectrum, men and women who shaped and sped Poland’s post-1989 democratic transformation and were leading Poland into its promising future.”
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