Obama, Dalai Lama due at prayer breakfast
WASHINGTON, D.C. - How much will President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama interact during the National Prayer Breakfast? Heaven only knows.
Obama is to sit at the head table Thursday morning with other speakers. Event organizers say the spiritual leader of Tibet will be seated in the audience of about 3,600, near the dais and his friend, actor Richard Gere.
With such close proximity, a chance encounter is possible between Obama and the Dalai Lama. But the White House says there is no specific meeting between the fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners to announce.
The event is drawing protests from China. Beijing considers the Dalai Lama an anti-Chinese separatist because of his quest for greater Tibetan autonomy.