Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama rubs noses with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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.”

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.

William O’Malley looks on as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley rubs noses with the Dalai Lama. (Photo by REUTERS/Gary Cameron)