From the Associated Press:
Bush: Polish president was ‘friend’ to the US
DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush says Polish President Lech Kaczynski (kuh-CHIN’-skee) was a strong defender of freedom and a friend to the United States.
Bush says in a statement that he’s deeply saddened by the news of Kaczynski’s death.
The Polish president, his wife and some of his nation’s highest military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia. Polish officials say all 97 people onboard were killed.
Bush says he and former First Lady Laura Bush have fond memories of visits with Kaczynski and his wife. He says they want to express their condolences to the families of all the people killed in the crash.