Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hello Dalai--It's So Nice To Have You Back In Town

I heard on the news that the Dalai Lama is in Washington DC for an unofficial visit with President Obama. This reminded me of the Dalai Lama's previous visit to our nation's capital. Listening to the news on KFWB at that time I heard the announcer proclaim that the Dalai Lama was in Washington D.C. to "receive the Congressional Medal of Honor." What? Perhaps the leading symbol for peace and nonviolence in this world being honored for wartime battlefield heroics? Immediately I was overcome with images of the Dalai Lama, hand grenades strapped to his waist, battling with the invaders from the Han nation. Then the announcer clarified that it was the Congressional Gold Medal, not the Congressional Medal of Honor that was being awarded. Oh well. Somehow the Congressional Medal of Honor sounds better.

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