His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks with Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi at left following a July 7, 2011 meeting at the U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. (Pelosi office photo)
Washington, D.C. (July 7, 2011) – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined House Speaker John Boehner at a brief press conference today following their meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Capitol.
Pelosi said that His Holiness is a source of understanding in bringing the two parties in the House of Representatives together. She said that for decades, Mr. Wolf, Chairman Wolf, Chairman Smith, Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen, Chairwoman Lowey, now Ranking Member Lowey, and Mr. Berman have worked together to understand better and help the Tibetan people.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we have come together under the dome of the Capitol a number of times to honor His Holiness,” said Pelosi, who recalled President George Walker Bush, in 2007, presenting His Holiness with the Congressional Gold Medal.
“At that time, he did so honoring the commitment of His Holiness to peace, to nonviolence, to human rights, and to religious understanding,” she said. “A couple of years later, President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House, and we were honored by that.”
Pelosi said that the association of the Dalai Lama with the United country and its presidents goes far back, to when he was a just a boy and first became the Dalai Lama.
“At the time, President Franklin Roosevelt sent him a watch, recognizing his love, even as a little boy, for science and technology; it was a watch that had a phases of the moon on it,” she said. “And it is always a source of great pride to us that this relationship between our two countries and leaders goes back so far.
“So it is with great admiration, even I would say affection, and really great historic honor to join our distinguished Speaker, our colleagues in a bipartisan way, to welcome His Holiness once again to the Capitol of the United States.”