Dalai Lama: I love George W. Bush
By MJ LEE 4/25/12 9:04 AM EDT
President George W. Bush has an adoring fan — in none other than the Dalai Lama.
Asked about the people he’s met who have really impressed him, the Tibetan leader-in-exile said during a sit-down with CNN’s Piers Morgan
that other than Nelson Mandela — whom he considers “quite impressive” — he also admires Bush.
“I love President Bush,” the Dalai Lama said.
“Which one?” Morgan asked.
“The younger one.”
Clearly taken aback by the answer, Morgan quipped, “Really?”
“Yes, really,” the Dalai Lama insisted, before adding, “As a human being. Not as a president of America. Sometimes his policy may not be very, very successful. But as a person, as a human being, very nice person. I love him."
Pressed by Morgan on how “President Bush went to war so much” and was “responsible for so many deaths,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate acknowledged that he didn’t always agree with the former president’s national security decisions.
“After he sort of [started] the Iraq sort of crisis ... I expressed to him, ‘I love you, but your policies concerned, I have some reservations’ I told him,” he said.