Assigned Reading: Obama Passes on Meeting With Dalai Lama
(FROM: The Washington Times)
When it comes to domestic policy, matters of health care reform, cap-and-trade and economic stimulus, it could be said that our president plays by “winter rules,” and that Congress–led by Nancy Pelosi, who must’ve been something before electricity–is as careless with taxpayer money as an aging, perpetually drunk former professional golfer would be with those enormous checks. I’d like to tell each and every one of them that they’ll get nothing, and like it!
As for Obama — you’d think, when presented with an opportunity to sit down with someone like the Dalai Lama, you’d want to pick his brain, to get into that dude’s pelt and crawl around for a few days. But, instead, he says “no,” just to appease China. Something tells me that Barack Obama will not be receiving total consciousness. Which is nice.
Ugh. Somebody tell me that this is all a nightmare, or that I’m probably high already and don’t even know it. It all seems so unreal; up is down, down is up, enemies are treated like friends and friends are treated like enemies, and our president would likely rather meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than the 12th Son of the Lama, with his flowing robes . . . bald . . . striking. I’d say I’m going crazy, but that’s what they said about the Son of Sam.
Oh well, as the Zen philosopher Basho once wrote: “A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a donut with no hole is a danish.”
From the Washington Times piece:
The last time the Dalai Lama visited Washington, President George W. Bush presented the exiled Tibetan leader with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Now the Dalai Lama cannot even get a private meeting with President Obama. The only winner in this rebuff is communist China.
This is the first time since 1991 that the Dalai Lama will visit our nation’s capital and not meet with the sitting president. The White House reportedly claims it means no disrespect to the Tibetan leader but is wary of creating controversy ahead of Mr. Obama’s summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao next month.
The Obama White House shows an inordinate – one might say obsessive – amount of concern for other countries’ sensitivities. The president and his team seem fixated on the notion that the Bush administration ruined America’s image in the world and it is the administration’s historic mission to repair it. This idea is so entrenched it became the basis for Mr. Obama’s shipwrecked bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago. That embarrassing failure should teach the president that nine months into his presidency, the anti-Bush line has grown stale. He’s not Mr. Bush. The world gets the point – and is yawning.