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Obama sets the date for meeting with Dalai Lama

By Scott Wilson
President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama in the White House Map Room on Feb. 18, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday. No president has ever met with Dalai Lama in the Oval Office, he said.

Tibetans had hoped their spiritual leader would be able to meet with the president when he visited Washington in Oct. 2009, but the administration pushed to postpone the meeting until after a November summit with Chinese president Hu Jintao.

That made October the first time the Dalai Lama has come to Washington without meeting with the American president since before 1991, when he met with George H. W. Bush. The Dalai Lama's visit will be his second within the year and last from Feb.17-18.

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This is welcome news, and I hope to see more support for Tibet from future US presidents. If anyone knows of the history of the Chinese takeover of Tibet, they will understand the implications of this meeting. China would like everyone to think that Tibet has always been a part of China which is completely untrue.

I'm not one of those people who say that America screws everything up, but we dropped the ball on not coming to Tibet's aid by at least providing weapons when they were invaded in the early 50's. Now is a chance to somewhat redeem that decision. If anyone is interested in this topic, read "Into Tibet" by Thomas Laird. Great read and enlightened me on the inner-Asian plight.

Posted by: klentz09 | February 12, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are still gross people.

Posted by: billbridgesmaccom | February 11, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

This Dali Lama,May be a kind man.But he is not GOD.He is a buddist first of all,And hussein obama is muslum anyway.Our politions & unions have sold us out to china.So he better listen to china.They own us now.And hussein,Won't even listen or care what the American People have to say.So you tell me why in the hell is he wasteing our money or time listening to someone,That can't do a damn thing for America!.When this clown {obama},WON'T EVEN TAKE ADVICE From The Suppose To Be other Leaders here in America.He better get permisson from pelosi & reid first.Hey I have a thought,Send that idiot joe biden.The dali lama needs a good laugh.If you can him from behind hussein's back pocket,If you know what I mean.Just drop the pocket part.

Posted by: dickiesnhogheaven | February 11, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Nuts! The least the man can do is say US taxpayers money in meeting with this fake, hypocrite so called spritual leader and at the same time stay out of another Asian mess, that is none of our business.

Posted by: winemaster2 | February 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Our nation and president should not care what China ahs to say about meeting with the Dalai Lama. China is a nation with corrupt leaders and corrupt laws, which is evidenced by their willingness to repress and kill their own people and deny the right of free speech.

Posted by: bcinus | February 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that people who are criticizing the planned meeting with the Dalai Lama have never heard or read anything the Dalai Lama said.

He emphasizes the importance of compassion, that anger is an emotion that hurts the angry one most of all, and is a thoughtful and gentle man who has tried hard to find a creative way forward for the Tibetan people without resorting to violence.

As one who has heard a few of his talks over the years, I can say that people who refuse to talk with him harm only themselves.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | February 11, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Why do we have to stick it to China, an important trade partner in this open and crude way? He should have met with the bishop of DC.

Posted by: julianze | February 11, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The President is meeting with the Dali Lama to please the "save humaity" wing of Democrats while

there is 10% unemployment in this country (12% in California; triple the national average in Detroit)'

Nancy Pelosi has wasted a year trying to jam through Heath Care Reform; Muslims still want to blow

up airplanes and buildings; we are $12,000,000,000,000 in debt – mostly to China; schools lack the

money to educate children; bridges, dams, sewers, water systems, and highways are in poor repair;

we are wasting money on two wars; about 75% of Americans are dissatisfied with the work of our

Congress; Nebraska's and Louisanna's senators want other Americans to pay for health care in

their states; Islamists are developing more nuclear weapons; Israel won't compromise even a tad;

we can buy meth or crack in any city or town; Gitmo is still open, as is our southern border.

Besides, we don't want to annoy our banker.

Send Biden and stay on the job, Mr. President.

Posted by: Soloflexerus | February 11, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Is this some kind of Litmus test for all American presidents? Are we even remotely resembling a Judeo-christian nation? Why do the president pay homage to a Buddist ayatollah? Hello?

Posted by: Doubter1 | February 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Is here some purpose to this meeting, beyond Mr. Obama burnishing his "humanist" credentials? I think not...

Posted by: wcmillionairre | February 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope there is not a Treasury auction that day. The Chinese may sit it out.

Posted by: UncleLeo | February 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Watch my video

It's about earth shift. Earth shift: One huge continent became 2 continents, then 5 (or 6) and then?

Did China and its surround exist when the continents were 2?

Posted by: andi-prama | February 11, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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