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Tuesday
Jul262011

Obama Visits Norwegian Ambassador, Offers Condolences

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and Vice President Biden visited the Norwegian Ambassador on Tuesday to offer their condolences in the wake of the tragic killings in Oslo last week.

"To the people of Norway: we are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of so many people, particularly youth with the fullness of life ahead of them,” President Obama wrote in a book of condolences at the embassy. “No words can ease the sorrow but please know the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with the people of Norway and we will stand beside you every step of the way.”

The previously unscheduled visit Tuesday afternoon comes just days after a bombing and shooting rampage devastated the country, leaving 68 dead.

"I came to express my heartfelt condolences," the president told the embassy staff. “I have a personal great fondness for the people of Norway from my trip to Oslo… [I] hope to visit under better circumstances.”

In addition to writing notes offering their condolences, Obama and Biden also delivered hand-written letters from the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden.

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