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Dalai Lama: Obama could ease positive change བོད་སྐད།

The Dalai Lama took questions Wednesday at the start of a four-day visit to Boston as part of a U.S. tour. Stops at Harvard University and the MIT are scheduled before a public appearance Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The Dalai Lama described U.S. policy toward the Tibetan cause, the Dalai Lama said he perceives "more or less the same policy" by the Obama administration as that of Bush. He praised President Obama as "straightforward" and for trying to reach out to nations with whom the United States has had tense relations. He said he did not agree with critics who have charged that the Obama administration has soft-pedaled human rights concerns.

At yesterday's news conference, the Dalai Lama, asked whether, after 50 years with no success in his quest to win greater autonomy for Tibet, there is any reason for hope for the Tibetan cause, acknowledged that, "if we look at issues locally, then, it is almost hopeless." However, he said, "if you look from a wider perspective, there is real hope."

He also said, "I love Mr. Bush . . . as a human being - very straightforward, very nice person," the Dalai Lama said, referring to former President George W. Bush. "Some politicians, some leaders, that I met were a little bit distant. He is not like that, he become very close friend. So I love him."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and The Boston Blobe .