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Talk about Sending a Message to the Chinese…

So President Obama finally met today with the Dalai Lama, after a number of scheduling issues and the expected protests and lobbying from Beijing against it.

As a matter of fact, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said dismissively of the visit:

Chinese officials have known about this and their reaction is their reaction.

Many people were thrilled that the President agreed with the sit-down, given the amount of time, energy and resources the Obama Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress has placed in improving relations with China.

Apparently the meeting was such a great success that the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) sent out an email calling on people to thank President Obama. The first paragraph reads:

Today’s White House meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Obama adds considerable momentum and energy to our work.

The email requests, besides the obligatory request for contributions, that people

Thank President Obama for meeting with the Dalai Lama, and encourage him to make real progress for Tibet this year.

The link to the thank you was graciously included by the folks at ICT.

Those of us who follow the situation in Tibet and work on behalf of the rights of Tibetan Buddhists couldn’t be happier that the meeting was such a great success, despite the continued practice of denying the Dalai Lama the symbolism of a meeting in the Oval Office itself.

But the cynical among us, this author included, knew the Administration would need to send some message to Beijing. Some show that the meeting was a courtesy but that it would not interfere with the development of the new and positive relationship between Washington and Beijing (the whole China spying on an American tech company thing aside…)

Well, I got my answer a few minutes ago.

A long-time friend of mine who worked for many years on the Hill and has impeccable credentials on human rights and foreign policy issues sent me this link, which had this photo:

The Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most beloved religious leaders, is required to exit the White House out the back door next to the garbage.

I wonder if the President makes Joe Biden go out trash door too…

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