I never thought to find an issue on which I would be more impressed with Bush than Obama, but reading the following in the Washington Post is a shock. The Obama administration can talk about their goals with China and how meeting with the Dalai Lama, a man considered to be an ocean of compassion and wisdom, might upset them, and we wouldn't want to do that, but there is a place of freedom, morality, and ethics, and fearing to meet with a man of peace says a great deal about the U.S. and its current stance.
from the Washington Post:
For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Washington this week and not meet with the president. Since 1991, he has been here 10 times. Most times the meetings have been "drop-in" visits at the White House. The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian award.