WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.When the Communist leader of China, President Hu Jintao, visited the White House during George W. Bush's time in office in 2006 he got the 21 gun salute on the lawn but no state dinner. The Bush Administration classified the meeting as an "official visit" not a "state visit" which holds the highest level of honor and prestige. Bush did this in part to reflect continuing American concern with the human rights record of the Communist Chinese regime.
Obama on the other hand not only rolled out the red carpet and fired the canons, he put on a lavish state dinner. This coming from a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Some have pointed out that Obama honors the regime which currently holds in jail the 2010 winner of the Peace Prize. While Obama stood on the stage to receive his Peace Prize in Oslo in 2009, there was no smiling recipient on stage last year as Liu Xiaobo sat in a Chinese jail for daring to suggest an end to one party rule in China. Perhaps Obama just likes the idea of one party rule?
Obama Disses Dali Lama, Another Peace Prize Winner and Symbol of Freedom to Tibet
Readers may recall how Obama treated the Dalai Lama, the 1989 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. After meeting Obama in early 2010, the revered spiritual leader got hustled out the service entrance of the White House so as not to offend the Chinese.
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (L) walks out the doors of the Palm Room of the White House by trash bags waiting to be picked up, February 18, 2010 after meeting with US President Barack Obama. The meeting drew angry protests from China.If you are wondering why Obama behaves this way I have a theory. Could it be that Obama just doesn't want to draw any attention to the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize who have actually contributed to peace?