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Knowing a Good Man When You See One (The Dalai Lama admired President Bush)
The National Review ^

Posted on 05/01/2009 8:57:45 PM PDT by mnehring

The Dalai Lama has been visiting the Boston area, and I’d like to mention a few reports. First, a note from an NRO reader:

Hi, Jay,

 

I had the great opportunity to see the Dalai Lama speak at MIT this afternoon. When he opened the forum to audience Q&A, the following stunning exchange occurred (I will paraphrase):

 

Audience member: “Can you give us an example of a leader we should look up to as a positive influence?”

 

Dalai Lama (after thinking for a few seconds): “President Bush. I met him personally and liked him very much. He was honest and straightforward, and that is very important. I may not have agreed with all his policies, but I thought he was very honest and a very good leader.”

 

All this in Cambridge . . .

 

Incidentally, when he said, “I may not have agreed with all his policies,” the audience broke out into relieved laughter, as if they could not believe that someone — the Dalai Lama — almost made it through remarks about Bush with only positive sentiments.

And here is an item from The Tech, an MIT newspaper: 

After his speech, the Dalai Lama answered questions, including one about model leaders. He singled out President George W. Bush for his straightforwardness, but stopped short on complimenting him for much else.

 

“I love him”, said the Dalai Lama of President Bush, “but as far as his policies are concerned, I have reservations.”

Full article, here. (Is it MIT policy to leave commas outside of quotation marks, British-style?) And here is something from the Boston Globe: “. . . the Dalai Lama said, referring to former President George W. Bush, ‘I love President Bush,’ acknowledging serious policy disagreements, but citing Bush’s warm personality.” (Full article.)

 

Finally, a blogger, whom Google brought up: 

. . . he came out and told people he and Bush instantly hit it off and he loved the warmonger. He said he would withhold judgment on the attack of Iraq. He also said he supported Bush’s “war on terror” because, according to him, some humans are just inherently evil, referring to the Muslim “extremists” Bush branded for the kill. Bush is evil but the Dalai Lama proclaimed he loved him. The Dalai Lama is no Buddist.

(Full piece here.)

 

In my experience — and I’m just generalizing here — the better the person, the more positive he is about George W. Bush. Certainly the less snarky and narrow. Most of the people I admire most, admire the 43rd president. (Please note that I said “most of the people,” not “all of the people.”) This is particularly true of those who know something about tyranny, and the need to resist it: e.g., the Dalai Lama.

 

Anyway . . .


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bush; dalailama; nationalreview; presidentbush; presidentgeorgewbush

1 posted on 05/01/2009 8:57:45 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Liberals like their religious leaders liberal. When they dare think anything other than 100% Liberal Orthodoxy, liberals actually feel better marginalizing ALL religious sorts, as being too nice or idealistic.


2 posted on 05/01/2009 9:00:50 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: mnehring

having “reservations” about policies shouldn’t be a negative. Nobody will agree 100% with amybody.


3 posted on 05/01/2009 9:01:09 PM PDT by balch3
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To: mnehring

I thought Bush was a great leader too and liked his policies just fine.


4 posted on 05/01/2009 9:02:02 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: mnehring

Not too surprising. Tenzin is no fool. However, I’d be interested to hear what he has to say about Obama’s policies.


5 posted on 05/01/2009 9:02:37 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: snugs

Ping, thought you would find this interesting.


6 posted on 05/01/2009 9:05:04 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: balch3

Maybe the Dalai Lama disagreed with Bush’s handling of the illegal immigrant problem, too.


7 posted on 05/01/2009 9:05:32 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: mnehring
Stepping away from the Dalai Lama for a minute -- I think people who are keyed in on politics, and compromise, and winning, may meet Obama and say "He's brilliant, he's a great communicator, I was very impressed." But people who focus on the essence of a man, and what he's truly like as a person -- here I'm back on the topic of the Dalai Lama, or perhaps the Pope -- these people (I would hope) would meet Obama and say "Something is not right with this one. Perhaps I like his politics, but this man did not seem trustworthy."

At least, I would hope that anyone with good character judgment would see through Obama. I do not expect the media to be able to.

8 posted on 05/01/2009 9:06:11 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: Darkwolf377

Not surprising. I learned ONLY on FR that the Dalai Lama is also pro-2nd amendment and that his quote about self-defense with guns is one for the ages.
of course, love or hate W, W is truly 100 times the man our current illegal alien president can hope to be. I said “hope”...


9 posted on 05/01/2009 9:10:43 PM PDT by max americana
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To: mnehring
he came out and told people he and Bush instantly hit it off and he loved the warmonger. He said he would withhold judgment on the attack of Iraq. He also said he supported Bush’s “war on terror” because, according to him, some humans are just inherently evil, referring to the Muslim “extremists” Bush branded for the kill. Bush is evil but the Dalai Lama proclaimed he loved him. The Dalai Lama is no Buddist.

This here is some deep fried lefty nuance!! Tasty!! :-)
10 posted on 05/01/2009 9:13:06 PM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: mnehring

The Dalai Lama is a joke.


11 posted on 05/01/2009 9:19:23 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: max americana

Libs like the Dalai Lama as long as they can selectively quote him as a man of peace. As with Gandhi, they like foreign leaders who talk non-violence, even as they live under the protection of the world’s greatest military. Very childish.


12 posted on 05/01/2009 9:31:02 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: mnehring

“The Dalai Lama is no Buddist.”

I remember when the Dalai Lama surprised people a few years ago by saying - in public no less- that homosexuality was a disorder. I wondered what the Hollywood types that about that. Never could find out.


13 posted on 05/01/2009 9:36:42 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: mnehring
It is time for this Bush worship to stop

Barry Soetoro (stage name B. Hussein Obama) is now the POTUS and G.W. Bush enabled this individual to be foisted upon us.

The left in this country worships government and lays in wait for a weak leader on the other side to give them ammunition by acknowledging that part of their agenda may be justified.

If there is any lesson to be learned, it is that the left has to be fought and defeated at every turn if this nation is to survive.

G.W. Bush did not do that and failed to recognize the religious fervor of those on the left.

They never compromise or retreat, they only retrench and attack.

It is way past time to recognize this as a war - far more important than the "war" on terror, the "war" on drugs, the "war" on fat, the "war" on "drunk" driving, and whatever other "war" so-called conservatives want to wage.

This has now degenerated into a fight for individual liberty, and I find few people willing to wage it-on this forum, in the workplace, the houses of worship or the street.

I feel sorry for my children and grandchildren and would not blame them if they should decide to mobilize and destroy every surviving member of the WWII generation and every last baby boomer.

That is probably what has to be done in order to begin to solve this situation.

It would also be nice for some political leader to surface who is willing to stand up and ridicule the left for the assclowns that they are.

End of rant.

14 posted on 05/01/2009 9:49:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

Last time I checked, we had an election in which people voted, that is how Obama got elected. Are you confused about that? President Bush had nothing to do with Obama’s win. You had more to do with Obama’s win actually...


15 posted on 05/01/2009 10:12:43 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: mnehring

I believe there are some real pychos in the MSM.


16 posted on 05/01/2009 10:17:13 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Wpin
Last time I checked, we had an election in which people voted, that is how Obama got elected. Are you confused about that? President Bush had nothing to do with Obama’s win. You had more to do with Obama’s win actually...

You're daft. The liberal policies of George Bush and the liberal views of John McCain had everything to do about discouraging a turnout from the conservatives. Give us a Reagan, a champion of the working man and you will get a conservative turnout. Bush lied about Social Security. He lied about disengaging our military as world policemen. He did nothing to stem cheap labor swarming over the borders. Not only did he afflict the left with BDS, he did the same to conservatives. He just about spent us into bankruptcy to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, two countries that will hate us. Oh, and the money he spent went to defend the oil interests of his aristocracy cronies, the ones living in America and Europe who have vast fortunes in middle east oil infrastructure. That's what Americans are dying for.

17 posted on 05/01/2009 11:08:12 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: yldstrk

I agree. Bush 43 was a great president. Some take issue with his “delegation”, style but I honestly don’t get remarks like that. It will be a long time before this country sees a President as honest and talented as Bush 43.


18 posted on 05/01/2009 11:37:10 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

How come we don’t have the Iraq oil if we went to war to give Bush money for oil buddies?

That is such an old, old, trite ignorant liberal comment. It shows exactly where you come from and what propaganda you listen to. If you believe that - you are one who voted for Obama.


19 posted on 05/01/2009 11:43:00 PM PDT by ClancyJ
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To: mnehring

W bump


20 posted on 05/01/2009 11:43:36 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Wpin
President Bush had nothing to do with Obama’s win.

Are you kidding?

George W Bush had more to do with Obama's election than anybody. He had years of the bully pulpit to articulate and set things straight, yet over and over and over he let the press run over him, and blatantly refused to present what conservatism is and what the United States stood for.

George Bush is my contemporary. I voted for him, and personally, like the Dalai Lama, believe he is a likable and honorable individual.

But he was a tragic, tragic factor in the loss of the values for which this nation was founded, and resulted in the Obama hegemony. The Clinton's before him were likewise.

I doubt the United States will EVER recover the spirit of individual responsibility and human dignity (freedom) with which I grew up (coeval with GWB incidentally).

The United States was the "great experiment" because it represented an envelope where the integrity, responsibility, and courage of the individual would be relied upon to allow commerce to flow, as opposed to a top-down government controlled society. The New Testament versus the Old.

George W. Bush never said it, and I doubt, because of his elitist upbringing, ever understood it.

This is far beyond current congressional politics, we are living an historical trauma.

And GWB had everything to do with it. So much so that it's possible that it was all the plan. He isn't that dumb.

Johnny Suntrade

21 posted on 05/02/2009 12:10:10 AM PDT by jnsun (The LEFT: The need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer)
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To: balch3
having “reservations” about policies shouldn’t be a negative. Nobody will agree 100% with anybody.

Right you are. I wonder if His Holiness disagreed with Bush's drunken-sailor spending as much as I did...

-ccm

22 posted on 05/02/2009 2:35:18 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: elkfersupper

****It is time for this Bush worship to stop****

Your right! Bush may be a good person, but he was a lousy leader, and a terrible president.

These people that still worship him after he destroyed the Republican party, and helped destroy this nation, really baffle me.


23 posted on 05/02/2009 4:10:21 AM PDT by liliesgrandpa (Just out of curiosity, is there any possible GOP candidate that is too repugnant for you to support?)
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To: kb2614
The Dalai Lama is no Buddist.

I wonder what a "Buddist" is. Someone who likes to drink Bud and/or Bud Lite? Someone who was a Clydesdale in a previous life?

24 posted on 05/02/2009 8:06:39 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: ClancyJ
That is such an old, old, trite ignorant liberal comment. It shows exactly where you come from and what propaganda you listen to. If you believe that - you are one who voted for Obama.

When Iraq took over Kuwait, then Secretary of State James Baker told Americans that America was going to war with Iraq -- because of oil. He only said that once. The behind the scenes masters took him to the woodshed. Afterward it was about babies being ripped out of incubators by Saddam and restoring the Kuwaiti government, a despotic one at that.

It's always been about oil in the Mideast. Maybe what you don't understand, it's not about supplying Americans with cheap oil. It's about preserving the investments of the aristocracy in the Mideast oil infrastructure. It's about big law firms like James Baker's making fortunes lobbying for the Saudis. It's about toying with the idea of allowing Mideast sheiks buy into port operations in America without regard for the security of ordinary Americans

Bush Jr is surrounded with the same people as Bush Sr. Nothing changed.

You can take your pretentious trite commentary and wipe your ass with it or perhaps your nose. It has nothing in it about the real world. The idea we are fighting for our freedom on the other side of the planet is ludicrous. We have illegal Mexicans killing more Americans each year than that who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. how one cannot see the debt accumulation of the American people and not the redirection of vast amounts of public money to Bush cronies is absolutely amazing.

25 posted on 05/02/2009 12:24:34 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: jnsun

“Are you kidding?

George W Bush had more to do with Obama’s election than anybody.”

No, I am not kidding. What a childish naive mentality you have. Grow up and then maybe we will discuss this. Remember something though boy, President Bush liberated over 50 million people...more than Abraham Lincoln did. He strongly supported life in every aspect bringing dignity not only unto himself but to each of us by doing so.

You may not be able to comprehend this...the press is not our friend, indeed they lie, cheat, steal...whatever it takes to hurt Americans like President Bush. The War on Terror is so big that he simply had to keep trying to keep the nation together while the democrats and their media did their best to tear us apart. They are still doing it.


26 posted on 05/02/2009 3:09:40 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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