Dalai Lama Trots Past White House Trash

Another dustup in the White House's Office of Protocol? The same folks who offered the near-blind Prime Minister of Britain a set of unwatchable DVDs now might have another mess to deal with: ushering the spiritual leader of Tibet out a White House side door along a route strewn with garbage bags.

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    White House Garbage

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama and his retinue depart the White House after meeting with President Obama in the Map Room of the main residence. A pile of trash is there to greet him.
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    Looking for an Exit

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama walks out of an otherwise lovely exit along the White House's West Wing, a walk marred marred by the plainly evident garbage bags strewn beside a pile of snow near the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
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    Leaving It Behind

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama, human rights champion and spiritual leader to the Buddhists of Tibet, continues past the pile of garbage and tarpaulin-covered equipment outside the White House.
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    Watch the Ice

    Let's go back to the beginning: White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall warns the Dalai Lama of icy patches at the Palm Room doors leading out of the White House, moments before the group passes by assorted trash just outside.
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    Out the Door

    Feb. 18: White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall and the Dalai Lama exit the West Wing together. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told FoxNews.com the side exit was probably chosen "because that's the easiest, quickest, and most convenient way to get to the stakeout location to speak with the press."
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    A Telling Scowl?

    Feb. 18: White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall looks down as she and the Dalai Lama pass by a pile of garbage near the West Wing. The Office of Protocol declined to comment to FoxNews.com about the oversight.
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    Past the Refuse

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama leads his retinue toward a press conference following a visit with President Obama in the White House Thursday. He isn't even looking at the large pile of trash to his left.
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    Pointing the Way

    Feb. 18: It's this way to the press conference. Don't mind the unattended pile of garbage to your left.
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    Fun With Snow

    Feb 18: The Dalai Lama enjoys a snowy breather as he walks along a West Wing path before a press conference outside the White House. Washington has come to resemble a Himalayan mountain village following weeks of heavy snows.
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    Path by the Snow

    The Dalai Lama continues on his march after a successful meeting with President Obama, during which the two men discussed Tibet, human rights and dialogue with China. Obama did not meet with the Dalai Lama during the exiled spiritual leader's October visit to Washington, which came just a month before Obama traveled to China. It was the first such omission in 18 years.
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    Ending the Visit

    The Dalai Lama and his entourage, all smiles, walk by the Brady Press Room.
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    Meet the Press

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama is joined by members of the press and his retinue as he nears a waiting press stand outside the West Wing of the White House.
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    Two Points

    Feb. 18: The Dalai Lama gestures as he speaks to reporters outside the White House after a meeting with President Obama.
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