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January 1st, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Nobel Peace Prize winner: Obama failed to reclaim America's role as world leader

(CNN) - The 1990s was an era of big dramatic moments, movements, and amazing victories led by underdogs - Nelson Mandela was one; Lech Wałęsa another.

Wałęsa was the ship yard electrician turned union organizer who helped overthrow the repressive Communist government in Poland. Imprisoned in the early 1980s, the leader of the Solidarity movement went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and became the first democratically elected president of Poland in 1990.

At 70, he remains irrepressible, stubborn, even bullheaded, having made clear his U.S. presidential preference for Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.

The old cold warrior is a strong critic of President Barack Obama.

"When he was elected there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed," Wałęsa told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" through an interpreter.
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