Clinton Expresses Condolences at Polish Embassy

From Josh Rogin, the Cable:  The mood was somber at the Polish Embassy in Washington Sunday when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by to pay her respects. …

Clinton spoke about the closeness of the U.S.-Poland relationship.

"We say with great conviction that the United States and Poland have much to do together to build that future that future that the people on that plane gave their lives for," she said.

"That really touched us," one Polish embassy official told The Cable. ‘It’s a bit ironic that we had to have such a tragedy in order to hear such nice words, but we were overjoyed to hear it.’

The Poles even brought a new signing book for Clinton, just for her entry. Here’s what she wrote:

"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of Poland. We mourn the loss of President Lech Kaczynski , First Lady Maria Kaczynska, and many other illustrious Poles. Poland is a great friend and ally to the United States and all Americans stand with the people and government of Poland at this painful tragic time. May God bless Poland now and forever."  (photo: Foreign Policy)

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