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McCain to Meet with Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama participates in a long life ceremony Thursday, July 24, 2008, in Madison, Wis.Tibetans are performing an elaborate Buddhist ritual to wish the Dalai Lama a long and happy life, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., where thousands of Tibetans now living in the U.S. and Canada have gathered. (Associated Press)

Updated 2:12 p.m.
By Robert Barnes
Sen. John McCain will have his own international summit -- of a sort -- tomorrow when he meets with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama is the keynote speaker at a three-day seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado that will bring together scholars, teachers and others to explore Tibet's history and culture. McCain already had a speech scheduled in Denver, and will then fly to Aspen for a private meeting with the leader.

"It came up because we arranged the meeting, mutually agreed to a meeting," McCain said after a lunch event at a German restaurant in Columbus. "I have been a great admirer of the Dalai Lama and I look forward to the opportunity of meeting an individual who is a transcendent international role model and hero and I have admired him and respected him for the efforts he's made on behalf of freedom of the people of Tibet but also all over the world."

McCain, as is the case with many American politicians, has been a strong critic of China's crackdown on human rights in Tibet, and suggested that President Bush consider boycotting the opening ceremonies of the Bejing Olympics next month (the president is going anyway).

McCain issued a statement in March saying the "unfolding tragedy in Tibet should draw the attention of the entire world" and called the Dalai Lama "a man of peace who reflects the hopes and aspirations of Tibetans."

Posted at 1:36 PM ET on Jul 24, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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It is totally disgusting. I really wonder why America has so many useless politicians. Like Nancy Pelosy, John Mccain can never come up with any sound policy to improve the lives of people. Doesn't he have anything better to do than meeting this tibetan parasite dressed in monk robe. It is so obvious that John McCain wants to be seen with this tibetan parasite to win votes. As for Dalying Lama, I guess he wants to secure the future handouts from the U.S. government to support his lavish parasitic lifestyle.

Posted by: Maersk | July 27, 2008 11:03 AM

The US needs to STAY OUT of China's domestic affairs, specifically Tibet, and tend to our own sheep. Tibet IS part of China and this will not change. It is embarrassing that our relationship with China is constantly tainted by Tibet. China's best move is to encourage tourism to Tibet and the accompanying economic benefits; this is a win:win. If the Dalai Lama can stay at a $10 million estate in Aspen addressing a bunch of jet-set liberals with cerebral oxygen deprivation, surely Tibet can move into the 21st century. Another misstep by McCain.

Posted by: None of Our Business | July 27, 2008 2:49 AM

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 6:01 PM

Yes, I have been to Tibet and learned from the Tibetan people first hand as to how much better their lives have changed since Dalai Lama left the place. Go find a book about Tibet, compare NOW and THEN. Better yet, spend few thousand dollars, visit the place yourself before you slander a person with REAL knowledge!!

Posted by: Shane | July 24, 2008 10:32 PM

It is funny and sad to read the first comment - typical diatribe by the chinese government. The logorrhea contains verbiage of the type that the only the senile chinese government aparatchiks can concoct.
"majority of Tibetan people are not with this guy" And how do you know that? Let's hear it from the Tibetan people themselves? STOP the Chinese propaganda! Tell your government that people are tired of its lies, manipulations and insinuations.
Good for John McCain that he will meet the Dalai Lama. You must pray to meet him too, although you may wither and shrink in his presence.

Posted by: Morgan | July 24, 2008 7:46 PM

It is pitiful JM has to resort to meeting with a phony for his struggle against Obama. Dalai is not a true religious/spiritual person. Nor he is a man of peace. Just few months ago he orchestrated a bloody uprising in Tibet causing several hundred casualties. Dalai has been a political monk and enjoying lavish/limelight living for all his life. Other than some lama monks and Tibetans in exile, the majority of Tibetan people are not with this guy. I think JM has nothing to gain by meeting with Dalai Lama. It actually shows his weakness. Furthermore, most of Asian-Americans resent Dalai Lama because of his phoniness. As a matter of fact JM may lose Asian-American respect by meeting with Dalai.

Posted by: Shane | July 24, 2008 6:20 PM

Sen. McCain can meet with a witch doctor too, but that isn't going to change the course of this election.

McCain is going to get smoked in the general.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 24, 2008 5:32 PM

How sad? The McCain campaign is using the Dalai Lama to garner media attention while Obama is on his overseas tour. Just like they used the Governor of Louisiana Piyush Jindal (as a potential VP my A$$!)to distract the media from covering Obama's successful internation tour.

A man of peace meeting with a man of war, should be interesting?

I think McCain does risk alienating the conservative evangelical base of the Republican party even more.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 24, 2008 5:31 PM

Interesting, the Republican candidate is more concerned with human rights than the fake Democratic candidate Obama.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 24, 2008 2:36 PM


Obama may be a fake, but surely he is not a "fake Democratic." That would make him a Republican. Is that what you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 5:19 PM

Yup. The Man of Peace meets the Man of War. Could McCain, who wants to "bomb, bomb, bomb" away the world's trouble learn something here? I doubt it but miracles do happen.

Posted by: Oscar | July 24, 2008 5:13 PM

To: Lakisha | July 24, 2008 4:33 PM


Ok, Rush Limppaw, whatever you say must be the truth!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 4:35 PM

all white folks is racist. they have ruined this country and they trying to ruin obama. but that alright cause we are taking over in novrember. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black can't get free until he get up inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | July 24, 2008 4:33 PM

Bloggers unite! Bittertooth vs. Deepthroat

The link takes you to another thread that is dead.

Gypies pick pockets, candidates pick VPs and Dali Lami pics are boring.

Posted by: Psy29 | July 24, 2008 4:03 PM

"Paul", if you really think rehashing some lame PUMA points and equating "human decency" with taking a course in Logic (which has ZERO to do with teaching human decency), you should slow down on your Big Gulps - they are giving you brain freeze. Plus, for you to lecture about name calling is rich.

Further, that "America has real problems" argument should be sold to McCain. He's the one still holding hands in some fashion to "Dr. Phil" Grahamm and the "nation of whiners" argument. Makes you wonder who is out of touch with things.

Posted by: 2008 | July 24, 2008 3:52 PM

I hate to say it but when I saw Bush 1 and McCain side by side...McCain looked like he could be Bush 1's Dad...

And if you have nay doubts on what Obama had accomplished on the DARE that McCain had implied to Mr Obama on going the Middle East, Israel and Europe then you should not go to this website

I'm sure they dont do this just for us Leftist Liberals

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 24, 2008 3:49 PM

Funny the only "arguments" that Obama supporters have are ad hominen attacks. Hey to those working the Obama machine, take a logics class and learn some basic human decency. You alienated Clinton supporters by calling her a dy*e and worse. You're not going to get anywhere by making references to McCain's age. I suppose we can all go to your level and just trade insults, but America has real problems. Go get your afternoon latte, and come up with something better.

Posted by: Paul | July 24, 2008 3:31 PM

Perhaps through meditation and Training The Mind, his holiness can help McCain achieve enlightenment - or at least a firm grasp on reality.

Posted by: Susan | July 24, 2008 3:05 PM

Interesting, the Republican candidate is more concerned with human rights than the fake Democratic candidate Obama.
Obama's too busy blaming China and Bush for all of America's problems that he forgot to realize that Tibetans are different than the Chinese.
Oh, and blaming and pointing the finger does not provide solutions. Say no to Obama and his empty words and his hypocritical campaign.
For a dude with the name Barack Obama, and for a guy who claims to run an inclusive campaign, he's pretty discriminatory. Recently, a Muslim woman who was seated behind Obama during a speech he made, who was dressed in traditional attire, was removed because it would make Obama look bad. Great message Obama. Say you're for including everyone, but then exclude people that you think look controversial.
This guy is a joke, and a farce. McCain is a real class act and a great American.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 24, 2008 2:36 PM

He is an honest man. If asked later what he thought of Mccain he may be more honest then Mccain would like. I have met Mccain and I saw the face of a mad man.


It is funny then McCain will meet with the Dali Lama, when his opponent, some guy named Barack Obama never mentions the Dali Lama. This isn't surprising considering Obama was reluctant to support Tibet during the primaries. It was only after Hillary and McCain said they would consider boycotting the opening ceremonies to protest the treatment of Tibet when Obama said he would do the same. Good Ol' both-ways-Obama.

Posted by: Jerome | July 24, 2008 2:27 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 2:34 PM

It is funny then McCain will meet with the Dali Lama, when his opponent, some guy named Barack Obama never mentions the Dali Lama. This isn't surprising considering Obama was reluctant to support Tibet during the primaries. It was only after Hillary and McCain said they would consider boycotting the opening ceremonies to protest the treatment of Tibet when Obama said he would do the same. Good Ol' both-ways-Obama.

Posted by: Jerome | July 24, 2008 2:27 PM

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As a concerned citizen, I consider it is my duty to bring following message to you all.

"We the citizens of the United States of America have the ultimate responsibility to elect the " Right Candidate" to lead our nation, out of our huge present and future internal and external challenges as well as opportunities. This is to prevent depression and isolation in-spite of being the only superpower in the world morally, democratically, economically, and militarily.

We need to consider the "critical qualities and characteristics" of our presumptive presidential nominees at the time we vote.

In my personal and professional opinion the critical considerations are as under:

1. Calm, cool, and collected " temper " [ Presidential Temperament ].
2. Sound and sustained "Judgment and Caliber".
3. "Thought-fullness and togetherness" of purpose and positions.
4. Minimum "ex-poser and exploitation" around "Washington and Washington insiders".
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Stay informed, stay involved, and stay engaged. Do not allow some partisan media, pundits, pollsters, and perpetual political opinion makers effect your vote in the wrong direction.

Don't be effected and duped by "Psychological Terrorism" that is directed at common American people without their full consent and awareness.

Long live U.S.A and its diverse but democratic people.

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PS: Needs meditation to control his temper.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [ret] | July 24, 2008 2:03 PM

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