President Barack Obama, who has been using the White House as a stage to showcase his foreign policy credentials to U.S. voters, managed to flub his lines Tuesday when he accidentally blamed Poles for committing the Holocaust.

He made the error while explaining his award of a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a Polish fighter in World War II who secretly documented Adolf Hitler’s effort to wipe out the Jews.

“Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself,” Obama said.

“It’s a pity that such a dignified ceremony was overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence,” Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said in reaction May 29.

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