Nothing Gov. Martin O’Malley said made news Tuesday morning when he greeted the Dalai Lama at a lecture at the University of Maryland. But photos of what O’Malley did upon meeting the Dalai Lama quickly went viral.
The pictures showed Tibet’s spiritual leader rubbing noses with Maryland’s governor in what one O’Malley adviser later described on Twitter as “a special moment in College Park.”
William O’Malley looks on as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley rubs noses with the Dalai Lama. (Photo by REUTERS/Gary Cameron)
A state senator said in a letter that the governor’s administration did not consult Hispanic elected officials.
The lieutenant governor has more than 180 Democratic elected officials backing his run in Maryland.
The governor’s son William could be seen in the background in some shots with a look of amazement on his face.
The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since 1959, was at the University of Maryland’s flagship campus to deliver an annual lecture in honor of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president who was assassinated in 1981 by an Islamist militant group.