Today’s Q’s for O’s White House

Oct 6, 2009 3:47pm

ABC News' Yunji de Nies reports: de Nies: Two quick questions. The first one, back to Afghanistan, does the president think — yesterday Secretary Gates said this discussion should be candid but it should also be happening privately. Does the president think this is all happening too publically, this military debate? Gibbs: Again, I’m not going to get into parsing generals or secretaries of defense… I know, I appreciate the repeated opportunity to do so. The president set up a process and we’re going through that. de Nies: OK.  Today, Cindy Sheehan was back outside the White House.  Yesterday she chained herself to the North Lawn gate and got arrested.  Today she's back, and she said she's actually moving to Washington.  She's going to be out there until her complaints are addressed.  Is the president or anyone from the White House going to meet with any of these protesters? Gibbs: Not that I am aware of. Later the discussion turned to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington and the fact that the president is not meeting with the Tibetan leader. CBS’ Mark Knoller:  Is he worried that he might be seen kowtowing to Chinese leaders by not meeting with the Dalai Lama on his forthcoming visit? GIBBS:  No, again, as I said, it's important — and the Tibetans — Tibetan people know that our relationship — our strong relationship with China helps them.  So I — I think this was mutually agreed upon, and it's what's going to happen. de Nies:  How so? How does a strong relationship with China help Tibet? GIBBS:  Our relationship with China, having a strong relationship and a good dialogue with them, allows us to talk to them about the cares and concerns of the Tibetan people. de Nies:  Has the president done that? GIBBS:  I believe we have mentioned human rights in meeting with the Chinese, yes.
– Yunji de Nies

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