Dalai Lama gets upbeat - but quiet - Obama welcome

The Dalai Lama speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 18, 2010 8:02:27 PM PST
President Barack Obama personally welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House on Thursday and lauded his goals for the Tibetan people, but he kept their get-together off-camera and low-key in an attempt to avoid inflaming tensions with China.