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After meeting briefly yesterday with the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama had him ushered out the back door by way of the White House garbage pile-up.

But first, Barack Obama’s gift to this man — who wears robes that have no sleeves, slips across floors and ground in bare feet or, for cold environs like the current conditions at the White House, wears a pair of rubber “flip flops” — Obama’s gift to this humble man was a pair of cufflinks.

Is the reference to the gift one of Rush Limbaugh’s jokes? Could anyone otherwise be so insensitive as to gift a humble man — who wears sleeveless robes and forgoes the wearing of jewelry and other adornments — a pair of cufflinks?

I’m wondering: did Barack Obama ask the Dalia Lama to dance before him? Kiss his hand? Dress up in the Oval Office curtains for entertainment?

We have a graceless presence in our White House.

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  1. Kini says:

    Funny how someone like Andy Stern, head honcho at SEIU, gets front door service and the Dalai Lama gets treated like the garbage he has to navigate through. Luckily, the Dalai Lama is a man of true compassion and forgiveness.

    Obama’s gift giving is about a sensitive as giving away fake plastic pooh. I wonder if, along with the useless cuff-links, Obama gave the Dalai Lama a iPOD with his lame speeches.

    1. -S- says:

      Ha, in my estimation as to the Obama gift-giving behavior evidenced in his act of giving an iPOD filled with his (Obama’s) speeches to the Queen of England, this behavior can be replicated or repeated in his gifting to the Dalai Lama as follows: stone tablets inscribed with Obama’s speeches gifted to the Dalai Lama with the hope-and-change sympathetic statement that, ~since the Dalai Lama “doesn’t have electricity”~, Obama took special care to make sure every word was inscribed in stone.

      I wish this was a joke.