President Obama's last stop on his European tour took him to Poland on Friday, but one - if not the most - famous Pole will not be meeting with him.
Just hours before Obama was expected to touch down in Warsaw, Polish media outlets reported Solidarity founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa would not be taking any time out of his schedule to meet with Obama.
The 67-year-old former Polish president was invited by current Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to attend a gathering of politicians in Warsaw Saturday. Walesa told news station TVN24 that the time of the meeting did not suit him and that he had no interest in a meeting that would amount to little more than a photo-op.
The White House brushed off any talk of it being a snub to Obama. "[We]'re proceeding with the democracy event, seeing if there's any way to make it possible for him to be there," spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters Friday, "but if he can't be there because he has a previous commitment, that's certainly understandable."
During his first ever visit to Poland, Obama will spend two days in Warsaw where he plans to meet with Komorwoski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk, bringing the message that Washington considers the relationship with Poland an important one.
Obama wraps up his seven day European trip Saturday.