Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's Family Awaits His Arrival

Parents react to the news that their son will return after 5 years of captivity.
4:31 | 06/01/14

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Transcript for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's Family Awaits His Arrival
Murmd, thank you. As we mentioned earlier, the release of sergeant bergdahl has been ongoing crusade of his parents. The couple holding regular rallies. ABC's Neal Karlinsky is in this town. Reporter: What a difference in the last 4 hours, you can see the Bowe's free at last signs. Here in bergdahl's hometown, they never gave up hope. In tiny hey lee, Idaho, at this coffee shop, they were overwhelmed. I'm thrilled. I'm thrilled. Reporter: Bergdahl's parents flown to Washington for memorial day and were still there to stand along to president Obama and give thanks Saturday. Their son Bowe is coming home. We can't communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president. Reporter: Bob bergdahl's one point of a complicated strategy to reach his son's captors. In a video he released on youtube in 2011, he addressed the Taliban directly. It's time for Bowe and the others to come home. Reporter: Bergdahl was hardly a household name during captivity. But in his hometown, there were rallies to keep up the pressure. The circumstances surrounding his capture, though, remain murky, he may have been off-base at the time. I'm scared. Reporter: In videos released by his cap tors over the years, he appeared both in and out of uniform. Eating. Pleading for his freedom. During this time, he was promoted by the military back home. By 2010, he was shown advocating for the release of Taliban prisoners. In Idaho, where the yellow ribbons have been up for five long years, friends say they never gave up hope that one day he would be freed again. This place is amazing. Reporter: Later today, we'll hear from bergdahl's parents again, they're expected to fly back home here to Idaho to address reporters this afternoon, less certain when Bowe will be back home, though when he comes back here, there's bound to be quite a celebration. A big and hard-earned celebration. While they're celebrating in Idaho the same can't be said for some on capitol hill. Where top republicans are vocally criticizing this prisoner swap, even accusing the president of breaking the law here. Let's bring in the host of "This week," George stephanopoulos. Presidents in this country we will not negotiate with terrorists. Isn't that what president Obama did here? That's what republicans are charging here. A big question, one of the questions I'm going to put to ambassador rice this morning, will this put other American troops at risk? The second question is, this question of whether or not the president broke the law by failing to notify congress 30 days before the transfer of these detainees from guantanamo bay. What the president says, the advisers say, this moved so quick. Even the president signed this law, said he had the constitutional authority not to live by it, to go around congress and simply do what he needed to do to get the detainees back. Why not approach congress? I think they were afraid these details would leak. Apparently, they didn't even tell president karzai of Afghanistan for fears it would leak as well. It came together quickly if the final days. Could they have called the speaker of house, the democratic leader of the senate, perhaps. The white house said this was moving so fast. All right, George, thank you. George will have the very latest on this developing story later on this "This week."

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