February 19, 2010 11:01 AM
Obama shows Dalai Lama the back door
Our Fearless Leader, kowtowing before China, held an off-the-record - no photo op - meeting with the Dalai Lama in a side-room at the White House, then showed him the backdoor, where Tibet's spiritual leader left by the garbage.
Full story at the UK Daily Mail.
Contrast the Dalai Lama's visit under Bush's watch, where he received the Congressional Gold Medal. And yet we're supposed to believe Obama is so much more progressive and in tune with the universe.
Richard Gere, where are you now that we'd actually like to hear from you?
He went out the back door to meet reporters, as EVERYONE does. Geez!
[James, I see nothing in the link you provided to indicate that other visitors to the White House are ushered out the back door to greet the press.
That the press was staked out there only indicates that they knew he was coming out that door - not that it is the customary door for dignitaries to exit.]
Posted by: James | February 19, 2010 4:48 PM
I can't understand what the White House was thinking!! Allowing a guest of theirs to knowingly exit out a back door with TRASH!!!! Especially knowing that there were reporters there.
Geesh!!! The WHOLE WORLD knows better than that!!!
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | February 19, 2010 6:21 PM
Man that does look bad (they could have at least have the Dalai Lama leave from a door that wasn't by the trash, even if he didn't leave from the front door.)
But even though this meeting wasn't as high profile as the one with Bush. That meeting still makes it the second time a US president meet with the Dalai Lama which put him a head of the pack (besides Bush)
Also I realize that by not having to make this a photo-op the two may have actually had more time to talk about series issues.
Posted by: Graffiti on the sun | February 19, 2010 10:26 PM
What a contrast, Bush, medal, front door exit/\
Obama, talk, back door exit- near trash \/ BAD Press and when does any human make a guest go out the back door, after inviting them to visit. Maybe Pres Oh is not human.
Posted by: Rebecca | February 20, 2010 3:16 AM
I think we all know what would have happened if Bush had done this. Front page of CNN website.
Posted by: Marcus | February 20, 2010 10:10 AM