The decision came after China stepped up a campaign urging nations to shun the Tibetan spiritual leader.
It means Mr Obama will become the first president not to welcome the Nobel peace prize winner to the White House since the Dalai Lama began visiting Washington in 1991.
In fairness, Obama only promised to meet with Iran without preconditions. Maybe the Dalai Lama should try to acquire nukes and threaten to wipe Israel off the map.
UPDATE: Sincere apologies. I forgot to throw in the obvious hypovehiculation reference. (photo credit: Ace of Spades)