President Obama did not meet with the Dalai Lama on his most recent trip to Washington, and the Dalai Lama seems to be the only one okay with it. Since 1991, every American president has received His Holiness at the White House. However, in his interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Dalai Lama likened these types of visits to a photo opportunity, insisting that "serious discussion is better than just a picture." Given Obama's upcoming visit to Peking to engage with China on a number of issues, the Dalai Lama believes that not embarrassing the Chinese president trumps his own personal agenda for human rights in Tibet. Blitzer countered that perhaps the Obama administration is more interested in its economic relationship with China than human rights in Tibet. Is the Dalai Lama too idealistic or is Blitzer too cynical? You decide.
WATCH part of CNN's interview with the Dalai Lama.