Much is being made about the Dalai Lama leaving the White House passing a huge pile of trash. It isn't as though he was forced to exit through a service entrance for kitchen deliveries. He was exiting through the Palm Room doors.
That being said, it makes me wonder if he had his meeting with the President as a gesture of palming off a problem! I know, that's a stretch. Our President is slow at learning, but he did realize refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama to appease China was also a mistake.
It seems to me it could have been more gracious. Knowing that the meeting was to be in the Palm Room, I'd have had the trash moved to another location temporarily. I can't imagine the Pope being put in such a position. Not even Jeremiah Wright! Probably not even a Chinese dignitary. After all, they hold so much of our paper one must give respect where respct is due!
One day politicians will learn that cameras are everywhere. Images such as this only reinforce the notion that this White House is a bit short on class.
Class is the Dalai Lama not making an issue of it.