From a news report at the link below:
For all of its talk about transparency, the White House shut out the press Thursday when President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama was not afforded the courtesy of a meeting in the Oval Office.
Obama met privately with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in the Map Room on the ground floor of the White House, far removed from reporters and photographers.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs issued only a brief statement after the event, and the White House distributed a single in-house photo (shown above) of the two leaders.
When the short meeting was over, the Dalai Lama was whisked out back through the door of the Palm room past a row of garbage bags (lower photo).
Hope his sandels didn’t slip on acai purée or Jollibee gravy.