"I didn't know how to stop my lawnmower," he said. "I was shocked. I couldn't believe it."
"It's going to be nice to talk to him," Gonsalves told ABC News. "I want to hear his voice again. There are things I've been wanting to say for a long time, and it's going to be nice."
Though the White House was aware of the operation during it's planning stages, only Colombians were directly involved in the operation.
According to U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield, there was "close cooperation" between Colombian and American officials, including an "exchange" of intelligence, equipment, training advice and experience from "other operations."
As part of that exchange of intelligence, according to a CNN report, it was American intelligence that pinpointed the location of the hostages and allowed the operation to move forward.
President Bush was reportedly joyful when Colombian President Alvaro Uribe gave him the good news in a phone call yesterday afternoon.
At the press conference Betancourt also took the opportunity to urge Colombian citizens, along with regional leaders, to keep fighting to free the estimated 700 hostages that remain in FARC camps throughout Colombia.
"Everybody has the right in the fight for freedom for others," Betancourt said. "This is fundamental. We need to continue fighting until there are no more captives in Colombia."
She asked foreign leaders by name, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, to put pressure on FARC to free the hostages, but not to make the war in Colombia "stronger."
"We need to make a league of countries that are helping," Betancourt said. "The changes we need to make, we need to make through democracy."
The Associated Press contributed to this report