Mr. Lama, I can’t find your hotel…
Blog Guy, I see the Dalai Lama is in Washington, DC. He gets to meet all the biggies when he travels, right?
Yes. In the combo shot below you can see him with Presidents George Bush in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 1998, and the current leaders of France, Britain and Germany. Oh, and this week with Senator John McCain, the recent Republican candidate for president.
Wait a minute. I’m not up on my current events, but McCain didn’t win, did he?
No, Barack Obama did.
So is the Dalai Lama meeting with Obama?
Um, no. But the Dalai Lama WAS honored at the U.S. Capitol for his human rights work. In choosing not to meet with the visitor, Obama was accused by some of “kowtowing to Beijing.”
I’m no wordsmith, but isn’t that what they call irony? Any chance Obama just doesn’t know how to get to the hotel where the Dalai Lama is staying?
Nope, it’s the same place the Obamas just had dinner on Saturday night. Say, while you’re in DC, Mr. Lama, maybe you’d like to visit our famous Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop?
Dalai Lama in cowboy hat and with nasal spray hanging from his nose. REUTERS photos
Dalai Lama with President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Bill Clinton. REUTERS photos