Today in history: A president's strange meeting with the Dalai Lama
President Obama was trying to avoid angering China. But showing the Dalai Lama the side door amid bags of trash...
Well, that's different.
Well, that's different. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Feb. 18, 2010: President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama. But trying not to anger China, the meeting occurred not in the Oval Office, but in the less symbolic confines of the White House Map Room. After the meeting, the Dalai Lama was shown out a side door — amid bags of trash. The door goes into the Palm Room, which links the West Wing and the Mansion; visiting dignitaries never go in and out this way. The White House also barred press from the meeting and issued one photo — which it put on Flickr, and not on the official White House website.

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