The Dalai Lama paid a state visit to Washington D.C. and the White House today. President and Mrs. Bush greeting him on the South Lawn and held a brief press conference for reporters before going inside for meetings and lunch.
"The United States is proud to welcome Dolly Llama to the United States," said Bush in his opening remarks. "I've never met a man named Dolly before, and he sure ain't built like Dolly Parton, if you know what I mean!"
At that point, the President rolled his eyes at the crowd and held his hands about a foot in front of his chest.
"I remember when we used to go to the zoos and see the Llamas when I was a kid. I was kind of hoping he was going to bring one with him and told the girls we might have us a petting zoo here, but I guess he couldn't get a llama through customes."
"My favorite one was that Push-Me Pull You one in the Doctor Doolittle movie that had two heads and no rear end. I guess that one had a hard time going potty, but I'm sure that Dolly will fill me in on that later in our meeting."
When one reporter asked how much longer the Dalai Lama felt he would have to live in exile from Tibet, and it's capital city Llasa, Bush seemed surprised. "He's from Llasa but he named himself after a Llama? Why doesn't he just call himself the Dolly Apso?"