The country's media hailed the event a major success of Polish diplomacy.
Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna triumphantly announced that having Duda sit at the table with Obama was not the work "of the last hours or days, but the result of many years of hard work."
Commenting on the great victory, Law and Justice MP Zbigniew Girzynski reveled in the fact that "alongside President Obama was not Angela Merkel, Hollande, but only the president of Poland. This is not an accident."
"There was that famous moment in the toast," Girzynski recalled, "when President Obama rather coldly clinked glasses with Vladimir Putin, as if to say to him: 'This guy, if you have something against this guy, I will pour this champagne all over you.'"
Speaking to daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen Szabo emphasized that "Obama wanted to show Putin, who was sitting a few meters away, that the US will not leave the Poles in the face of the Kremlin's aggressive policy, and will not sell Poland in exchange for cooperation in Syria."
Derek Chollet, senior security and defense policy at the German Marshal Fund and former Obama administration security policy advisor, told the newspaper that Obama was responsible for deciding who would sit to his right, adding that "this decision is made with extreme care."
Szabo noted that the decision to have the Polish president sitting next to him was "more important than it was six years ago, during the 'Reset' policy, which led the US to withdraw from Bush's plans to build an anti-missile shield in Poland."
Interestingly, Sputnik actually had a hard time locating the famous photo which made headlines across Poland. It turns out that a majority of the international news media actually very rudely cropped the Polish president out of the frame.
- President Duda (left), seen here next to President Barack Obama (center) and President Vladimir Putin (right). The original of the UN handout.© Photo : UN
- The same photo, used by news agencies including AP and AFP, with Duda cropped.© AP Photo / Amanda Voisard