Former Polish President Lech Walesa paid tribute to Ronald Reagan by unveiling a statue in Warsaw. Naturally, the Associated Press used to opportunity to take a swipe at Reagan.
Former Polish president and anti-communist leader Lech Walesa unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan on an elegant Warsaw street on Monday, honoring the late U.S. president for inspiring Poland’s toppling of communism.
Though Reagan’s legacy is mixed in the U.S., across much of central and eastern Europe he is considered the greatest American leader in recent history for challenging the Soviet Union.
Yes, his legacy is “mixed” because we’ve had 23 years of revisionist history from the media and the left since he left office. He rescued tens of millions from Communist tyranny, but since the media hated him here his legacy is mixed.
Assholes. They just can’t let a moment like this go without a cheap shot, can they?
The moniker he gave it — the “evil empire” — resonated with Poles, who suffered greatly under Moscow-imposed rule.
“I wonder whether today’s Poland, Europe and world could look the same without president Reagan,” Walesa said. “As a participant in those events, I must say that it’s inconceivable.”
The 3.5-meter (11.5-foot) bronze statue depicts a smiling Reagan in a historic moment — as he stood at a podium at Berlin’s Brandenburg gate in 1987 and said the famous words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
It sits across from the U.S. Embassy on Aleje Ujazdowskie, a street lined with embassies and manicured parks in the heart of the capital.
“Reagan gave us hope,” said Janusz Dorosiewicz, the president of the board of the Ronald Reagan Foundation in Poland. He conceived of the monument and struggled for six years with bureaucracy to secure the prized location for the statue.
Several statues of Reagan have gone up this year, the centennial of Reagan’s birth. Most notably, monuments to him have been erected in London and in Budapest, Hungary, and yet another is to be unveiled later this week in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
How many Obama statues will be going up two decades from now?
By the way, the same AP that takes a shot at Reagan also misreported that Walesa supported Occupy Wall Street.
How’s that working out?
Tellingly, Walesa made no mention of leftist icon Mikhail Gorbachev, who some still pretend had something to do with the fall of the Soviet Union.