Obama Thanks Bill Clinton & Al Gore for “Extraordinary Work” in the Release of the Two Journalists

By Lindsey Ellerson

Aug 5, 2009 10:09am

From ABC News' Sunlen Miller: Appearing in the driveway of the South lawn of the White House before departing for a speech in Wakarusa, Indiana, President Obama said that he is “extraordinarily relieved” that Euna Lee and Laura Ling are back safely with their families. “I had an opportunity to speak with the families yesterday, once we knew that they were on the plane,” Obama said shortly after the women’s plan landed. “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.” President Obama praised former President Bill Clinton as well as former Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Obama said that not only is the White House “extraordinarily happy” but all Americans should be “grateful” to both men for their “extraordinary work.” “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.” The president said that he hopes that the families that have been reunited will 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.” Obam ignored all questions yelled at him by reporters – including many about how this would affect the 6 party talks. Within his statement the President did not say “North Korea” once. -Sunlen Miller

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