Look, I get that Barack Obama has a big problem with China when it comes to the Dalai Lama. Last year, while I didn’t agree with Obama’s kowtowing to Beijing by snubbing the Tibetan activist and holy man, I also understood that with China holding so much of our debt and building a bigger blue-water navy, I also didn’t begrudge him the tough choice. Last week, Obama finally received the Dalai Lama, but in an attempt to show some distance to keep China from getting too irritable, the White House pushed him out a side door, along with the garbage, as the New York Post reported (via Red State and the Weekly Standard):
The Dalai Lama may have visited the White House, but he didn’t go out the front door.
The spiritual leader, who visited Washington this week, had a rather undignified departure from the White House, exiting from a side door — walking past big piles of bagged garbage — on Thursday after he had a sit-down with President Obama.
The Dalai Lama’s march out the Palm Room doors took him alongside heaps of trash whose removal had been delayed by snow.
Did it keep China from objecting? Hardly:
Officials in Beijing have summoned the U.S. ambassador to China to protest President Barack Obama’s meeting Thursday with the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.
Within hours of the White House talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman issued a statement saying the meeting had “seriously harmed” U.S.-Sino relations.
“We believe the actions of the U.S. side have seriously interfered in Chinese internal affairs, seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and seriously undermined China-U.S. relations,” he said.
Either don’t meet with the Dalai Lama, or meet with him properly. There are good arguments for either choice. But sending him out through the piles of garbage in an attempt to make his visit more “low key” is the worst of both worlds.
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