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Kwasniewski makes a fool of himself.Why?

28.01.04, 17:39



Polish Leader Urges Bush to Lift Visa Rules

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

WASHINGTON - Making a public appeal to President Bush, Polish President
Aleksander Kwasniewski (search) on Tuesday asked the United States to do away
with visa requirements he contends are too harsh on Poland, especially in
view of his country's support of the war in Iraq.



Bush made no commitment to change the policy, other than to say the United
States would work with Poland on the issue.

Kwasniewski came to Washington hoping to win rewards for Poland's staunch
support of the United States in its war in Iraq. Top on that list was the
visa issue, considered an indignity by many Poles - who also are becoming
increasingly opposed to Poland's continuing military involvement in Iraq.

Americans can come into Poland without a visa, and the citizens of many
European nations do not need visas to enter the United States.

Though some 65,000 U.S. visa are issued to Poles each year, about 30 percent
of Polish visa applications are refused. The United States has said the
standard for waiving visa requirements, applied to 27 nations, is a visa
refusal rate of less than 3 percent.

A reporter asked Bush about the issue at a photo opportunity at the beginning
of the two leaders' meeting, and the president seemed to suggest his hands
were mostly tied by "visa rules set by the Congress that are on the books."

He offered only the possibility of a new prescreening system that could
reduce some inconveniences to Poles and the establishment of a U.S.-Polish
study group "to make sure that we come up with rational policy."

He then sought to reassure Kwasniewski by stating how much the United States
values its friendship with Poland, as well as the thousands of Polish-
Americans living here. "Millions," Kwasniewski interjected. "Especially
before the election, there's millions and millions."

Bush, laughing, said he looked forward to working with Poland on those
issues.

"We will work, of course," replied Kwasniewski, gesturing with his hand and
leaning in close to Bush as they sat in chairs in front of a fireplace in the
Oval Office. "But I would like to deliver this idea to you and to our
friends: The future of the world is without visa, not with visa. And that
should be our goal."

As Kwasniewski repeated this several times, Bush seemed to agree. "Right," he
said. "Well, it could be."

But he offered no commitment to change the policy, other than to tout a
recently announced immigration proposal that would allow illegal immigrants
to work legally in the United States for a temporary period.

"It will help very much. We appreciate it very much," Kwasniewski
persisted. "But, please, Mr. President, the future is no visa."




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      • uscitizen Fool, only fool :) could: 28.01.04, 19:37
        1.Kwasniewski asked the United States to do away
        with visa requirements he contends are too harsh on Poland, especially in
        view of his country's support of the war in Iraq.
        (Bush made no commitment to change the policy, other than to say the United
        States would work with Poland on the issue.)

        2.Kwasniewski came to Washington hoping to win rewards for Poland's staunch
        support of the United States in its war in Iraq.


        3.Top on that list was the
        visa issue, considered an indignity by many Poles -


        4.Americans can come into Poland without a visa.

        5.Though some 65,000 U.S. visa are issued to Poles each year, about 30 percent
        of Polish visa applications are refused.

        6. (...) thousands of Polish-
        Americans living here. "Millions," Kwasniewski interjected. "Especially
        before the election, there's millions and millions."

        7. "We will work, of course," replied Kwasniewski, gesturing with his hand and
        leaning in close to Bush- Gesturing fool.

        8. As Kwasniewski repeated this several times, Bush seemed to agree. "Right,"
        he
        said. "Well, it could be." -several times fool.

        9. We appreciate it very much," Kwasniewski
        persisted. "But, please, Mr. President, the future is no visa."
        No visa fool.


          • uscitizen Upadnie? 30.01.04, 14:19
            Gość portalu: leniuch napisał(a):

            > Tłum głupich niczego tak nie pragnie jak upadku świętego lub wielkiego.
            Szkaluj
            > e
            > ich, aby dać im poznać swą władzę.

            Tu sie akurat zgadzam. Do upadku "wielkiego" zabraklo kolejnego pol litra. jak
            do tej pory najblizej bylo w Charkowie- ta sprawa z "kolanem"....No, ale
            jeszcze troche do konca kadencji, nie?
      • uscitizen Re: Kwasniewski makes a fool of himself.Why? 30.01.04, 14:22
        Gość portalu: awalk napisał(a):

        > The answer to your question is quite simple. Mr Kwasniewski was a lazy
        student,
        >
        > he didn't do his homework and didn't finish his studies. Now, he is the
        > president of Poland but he is still lazy and he didn't do his homework again.

        Well, let's grade him "F" then...
      • uscitizen It's getting better & better ! Canada this time.. 30.01.04, 14:30
        Canada's customs leave VIP cold

        Polish President says he was held at airport;Ottawa denies it, but expresses
        regrets



        By COLIN FREEZE

        Life is funny if you're the Polish President. One day the leader of the free
        world is greeting you as an honoured guest at the Oval Office, telling anyone
        who cares to listen that you were a crucial coalition partner in the U.S.-led
        war against Iraq.

        And the next day? Well, you might find yourself publicly complaining about
        being persona non grata in a Newfoundland airport, asserting that Canadian
        customs officers treated you as a "potential illegal immigrant" instead of in a
        manner befitting a head of state.

        This, at least, is what Aleksander Kwasniewski said yesterday at a news
        conference in Warsaw. On the way home from a visit to U.S. President George W.
        Bush, his plane was forced by a snowstorm to refuel in St. John's instead of
        Gander.

        Mr. Kwasniewski said he and everyone else aboard were held in an area of the
        airport and not allowed to leave for about three hours.

        "We saw what it feels like when an unexpected guest arrives who in the
        beginning is treated as a potential illegal immigrant. And that is how we were
        treated," Mr. Kwasniewski said. "The passengers from my plane were held in a
        place where we could not leave. . . . it all took about three hours."

        Speaking in a "good-natured" manner, according to Reuters news agency, he noted
        that he was placed above scrutiny only after some Polish sailors recognized him
        and asked for his autograph.

        He did not give any more details about the incident.

        As politely as possible, Canadian officials are expressing strong disagreement
        with his account.

        "At no time was President Kwasniewski ever suspected of being an illegal
        immigrant," said Kimberly Phillips, a spokeswoman for Canada's Department of
        Foreign Affairs. She said no one was detained.

        Nevertheless, she said Canada has expressed regrets to Poland for any
        inconvenience suffered by the President or his entourage of government
        officials and journalists.

        Before the plane was rerouted, Mounties had been awaiting the delegation in
        Gander, but airport workers in St. John's had to scramble to get things ready.

        Customs officials met the delegation upon arrival, took them to a transit area
        and asked whether they intended to spend the night in Newfoundland or simply
        wait out the stop, Ms. Phillips said. Leaving the airport would have required
        temporary visas. But Ms. Phillips said the delegation decided to wait out the
        refuelling.

        Everyone did the best they could to accommodate the delegation, she said,
        including RCMP officers who escorted the President to the executive boardroom
        of the recently refurbished airport.

        A spokesman for the Polish embassy in Ottawa could give no further details of
        the incident. In Washington, the day before the Canadian stopover, Mr.
        Kwasniewski and his entourage were in more lavish surroundings, chatting with
        Mr. Bush and holding court with reporters in the White House.

        It was a post-Iraq love-in. Mr. Bush promised his counterpart $66-million in
        military equipment, mostly C-130 transport aircraft. In return, Mr. Kwasniewski
        talked up the threat once posed by Saddam Hussein's yet-to-be-discovered
        weapons of mass destruction.

        At the press conference, Mr. Bush, frequently accused of overstating the Iraqi
        threat, suggested his friend tended to exaggerate the visa plight of Polish
        Americans. "Poland is our great friend," Mr. Bush said. "There are thousands of
        Polish Americans who . . ."

        "Millions," interrupted Mr. Kwasniewski.

        "Millions, excuse me," said Mr. Bush. "I just don't want to overstate the case
        here."

        Mr. Kwasniewski reminded Mr. Bush that the "millions and millions" of Polish
        Americans would be voting in the U.S. presidential election. "The future of the
        world is without visa, not with visa," he said.

        • Gość: awalk Re: It's getting worse IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 30.01.04, 17:11
          Oh please dear uscitizen, please spare us the hostile propaganda. We've had
          enough already.

          Kwasniewski made the wrong decision when he decided to blindly support Bush's
          policies. Now grateful Bush has made a fool out of him. That's the way he is.

          I wish, for Poland's sake, Kwasniewski would be more careful in making such new
          friends until the end of his term. Unfortunately he won't listen to my wishes,
          so we the Polish people will continue to be at the mercy of this exraordinary
          duo (Miller and Kwasniewski) working in tandem, ruining our country and in
          addition making us the laughing stock of the whole World.

          Latest news from Poland!

          They have finally admitted that the unemployment rate in Poland has reached
          20%. It is official now. Ha ha, after 14 years of so called democracy every
          fifth person in the street is unemployed. The outstanding achievement indeed,
          the true measure of the success!
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