President Obama Cancels Trip to Polish President’s Funeral, Citing Volcanic Ash

President Obama has become one of the thousands of travelers stranded by the continuing flight delays caused by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Obama, who was planning on attending the funeral of Polish president Lech Kaczynski, has canceled his flight.

From the AP Wire story (via ABC News):

The White House announcement came about six hours before Obama was scheduled to depart on the overnight flight. Obama called Poland’s acting president, Bronislaw Komorowski, with the news that the trip was off, citing fallout from the volcano in Iceland.


Obama said in a statement that he would support the Polish people in any way he can as they recover from the loss of so many leaders and officials. He said the late president and others who died were close friends of the United States. “The American people will never forget the lives they led,” Obama said.

The Polish president, along with the First Lady, several legislators, military and diplomatic leaders, and others died in a plane crash in Russia on their way to commemorate the anniversary of the Katyn massacre during World War II a week ago today.

Below is CNN’s coverage of the news, complete with an extensive analysis of the travel problems across Europe:

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