Looks like credit is due to President Bush for today's ceremony in honor of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. Despite fierce opposition from China, Bush met privately with the Dalai Lama and was present when Congress presented him with its highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. Bush also spoke glowingly of the Dalai Lama, calling him "a man of faith and sincerity and peace." The Chinese government denounced the awards ceremony as "a farce." The Dalai Lama has lived in exile since the Chinese Army crushed an uprising in Tibet in 1959 and said he wanted "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet.