The Foreign Policy Initiative's Ellen Bork writes:
Although the Dalai Lama has been in Washington for nine days, President Obama has not yet met the Tibetan leader or top officials of the Tibetan democratic exile government traveling with him.
President Obama snubbed the Dalai Lama once before, refusing to see him in 2009; and Obama's treatment of him in their 2010 meeting was roundly criticized. Now the White House appears to be preparing the way for another snub. The president can't claim he's too busy with the debt ceiling negotiations, as Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also deeply engaged in those talks, found time to welcome the Dalai Lama to Capitol Hill.