Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president of Poland, said President Obama has failed to reclaim America’s role as a world leader, especially in terms of morality.
Newsmax noted that Walesa, 70, said the there was “hope in the world” that “Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America” after his election in 2008, but that “failed,” he said in an interview CNN aired Wednesday.
Walesa — the famed leader of Poland’s solidarity movement against communism in the early 1980s and who supported Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 election — said “…in terms of politics and morality, America no longer leads the world.”
“We have to do everything that we can to recreate, to reclaim America’s role, and it seems that Obama would manage that, but he didn’t accomplish that,” Walesa said. “America did not regain its leadership status. We’re just lucky that there were no bigger conflicts in the world, because if it had bigger conflicts, then the world would be helpless.”
“…It’s a dangerous situation so we are awaiting a president who will understand that,” he said.
Walesa went from a shipyard electrician to a union leader who helped overthrow the communist government in Poland, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and seven years later, becoming the first democratically elected president in Poland, Newsmax noted.
Walesa also is the subject of a documentary that will be considered for an Academy Award this year, “Walesa, Man of Hope,” Newsmax added.
Here’s the CNN clip: