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'Relieved' Obama Thanks Bill Clinton and Al Gore for Negotiating Release of Journalists

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President Obama made a statement on the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee this morning on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One to begin his day-trip to Indiana. His remarks follow:

Good morning, everybody. I want to just make a brief comment about the fact that the two young journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, are safely back with their families. We are obviously extraordinarily relieved. I had an opportunity to speak with the families yesterday once we knew that they were on the plane.

The reunion that we've all seen on television I think is a source of happiness not only for the families but for the entire country.

I want to thank President Bill Clinton -- I had a chance to talk to him -- for the extraordinary humanitarian effort that resulted in the release of the two journalists. I want to thank Vice President Al Gore who worked tirelessly in order to achieve a positive outcome.

I think that not only is this White House obviously extraordinarily happy, but all Americans should be grateful to both former President Clinton and Vice President Gore for their extraordinary work. And my hope is, is that the families that have been reunited can enjoy the next several days and weeks, understanding that because of the efforts of President Clinton and Gore, they are able to be with each other once again.

So we are very pleased with the outcome, and I'm hopeful that the families are going to be able to get some good time together in the next few days.

Thank you very much.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 5, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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Obama ain't the U.S. President because he was born in Mombasa on the planet Conquistador...or is it Tiramisu or....Oh what the heck. He ain't our President cause he ain't got no birth certificate...which means he ain't really born...which means he is just fiction which really means he can't be our President.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 5, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Capt. McGivenocredit gets rescued from Somali pirates
Iranian/American journalist freed
Two American journalists freed from N.Korea
Pakistan launches all-out sustained offensive on Taliban for the first time in history shortly after meeting with Obama
Iraq violence at lowest levels as we withdraw

Somalia, Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan, Iraq

I'd say so far he's doing pretty well on the international front.

Posted by: JRM2 | August 5, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

BUT WITHER GOEST HILLARY?


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BILL CLINTON'S ACTIVE SUPPORT HELPS OBAMA CONTAIN AN INTERNAL CONTAGION


Having Bill Clinton actively in Barack Obama's corner also helps maintain the President's support among centrists in the Pentagon and key security and intelligence agencies...

...support POTUS needs to resist a disturbingly anti-democratic contagion rooted in powerful directorates and commands of the bureaucracy:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"


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MORE EVIDENCE THAT HOMELAND SECURITY'S 'FUSION CENTER' NETWORK USES SURVEILLANCE AS A PRETEXT TO HARASS AND CENSOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS

Scroll to the end of this American Civil Liberties Union thread for the latest apparent Constitutional affronts:

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 5, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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