As a conciliatory gesture to Chinese leader, Hu Jintau, who will be treated to a lavish reception at the White House tomorrow, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that the President has decided to replace our national symbol, the Bald Eagle, with a Panda Bear.
Not since the Dalai Lama dodged trash bags as he was escorted out of the servant's entrance of the White House last February has there been such an important state visit in the Obama presidency. The Dalai Lama, the dignified human rights champion and spiritual leader to the Buddhists of Tibet, created quite a stir when he visitd Washington last year. Because he had noted that the Chinese government cares little about human rights, President Obama treated the Dalai Lama like his long lost Kenyan step brother, who was discovered living in a tin shack the size of a large dog house.
Since Obama needs Chinese help in turning the economy around, naming the Panda Bear as America's new national symbol should not bother either liberals or conservatives. Since the Bald Eagle and the Panda Bear both are in danger of becoming extinct, neither will be missed once we start shooting nuclear missiles at each other. This is just another win-win scenario for the ever resourceful Barack Hussein Obama.