October 5th, 2009
02:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Dalai Lama to meet with Obama after his trip to China

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama after the president's trip to China, the State Department said Monday.

"The United States government thinks that he is an internationally revered religious and cultural figure, he is a Nobel Prize laureate," State
Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.

"The president has decided that he will meet with the Dalai Lama at a mutually agreeable time."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    be a great opportunity for Obozo to apologize

    October 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Lynne

    Where is the apology from the media at jumping to conclusions and spreading yet again false, unsubstantiated rumours. The press in America is laughable and will make this seem like the President has changed his mind rather than admit they yet again screwed up!!

    October 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Grrr-awful-o

    Don't expect anything more from president Obama than a confident smile and a solid handshake, your grace. There's nothing else behind the curtain it turns out. But he is good for a photo op. Really good!

    October 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    If anyone can positively influence Obama, it is this man. Please, Please, Please tell him to end these horrible wars. Please, Please tell him to stop buying inot Capitalism-the destroyer system! Namaste

    October 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. kram bronx ny

    Nice of his holiness obama to grant the Dali Lama a visit. Is he sure he has time? I guess he can take a few mins from his busy we suck 09 tour and olympic bids. Maybe he will learn a little something about humility.

    October 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Island girl

    My prayer is that thousands of jobs will soon become available. Unemployment is the US's most pressing issue right now.

    October 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Scott Campbell

    I thought this was ground breaking until I learned that Bush met with the Dalai Lama 4 times. Bush also "presented" The Congressional Gold Medal to his holliness in the Capitol Rotunda almost exactly 2 years ago. If Obama decided not to meet with the Dali Lama now, it would show weakness to our debtholders, China. It would also send the same signal to the rest of the world. Not good for future diplomatic or economic efforts.

    October 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. snood

    Funny Obama cant meet with him now when he is in the USA and its the first President that hasn.t met up with the Dali since 1991 He didnt want to make it look bad for himself before he meets with china next week . Lets admit it now he is just trying to save face . This guy is always trying to have it both ways and never really making those diffrences he preaches about. ether you do or you dont. I must say SNL had this president down to the tee this weekend........

    October 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. mjm

    "The United States government thinks that he is an internationally revered religious and cultural figure....."

    Funny, Democrats and media feel the same about Obama.

    October 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Honest Abe

    watch out ... the republicans may see this as 'pal – in around with terrorists or some other type of evil'

    October 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Cody

    No one has commented on this– I'm surprised it's even happening, though. I can't imagine how China will react.

    If Obama says or does anything of any substance regarding the Dalai Lama and Tibet, he will get high praise from me. But I don't have my hopes up.

    October 5, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. S Callahan NYS

    The Dali is a beautiful man....I would love to have a face to face with him.

    October 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Sgt. USMC

    I wonder how many republicans will attack the President for meeting with the Dalai Lam? Oh and how many comments on here will bring up the fist bump in an attempt to compare 2 black politicians.

    October 5, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    Maybe Obama can get the Dalai Lama to pray for civil unity in America.

    October 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |