It's not often we have an occasion here to praise President Bush, but fair is fair and we should acknowledge when the President does make the right decision.
This week, President Bush hosted the Dalai Lama in his personal residence at the White House in anticipation of the Tibetan spiritual leader's awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. Despite a lot of hot air from China, who describes the Dalai Lama as a separatist and a threat to their sovereignty, Bush met with him and will be photographed at the congressional ceremony, according to White House pres secretary Dana Perino.
That was the right thing to do. While it's important to maintain good relations with China in order to better negotiate human rights, trade, and global security concerns, it's more important to respect a man of peace who represents a region of the world subjugated by cruel policy and stripped of its national identity. Hats off to the President on that one.