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Obama, Biden Offer Condolences at Norwegian Embassy

President Obama wrote a condolence note to the people of Norway after attacks there last week killed nearly 80 people.(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
July 26, 2011

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden left the White House on Tuesday afternoon to visit the Norwegian Embassy and offer condolences for the terror attacks last week in which nearly 80 people were killed.

"To the people of Norway -- We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of so many people, particularly youth with the fullness of life ahead of them. No words can ease the sorrow but please know that the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with the people of Norway, and that we will stand beside you every step of the way," the president's note read.

Biden also left a note in the condolence book, and the pair delivered handwritten condolence letters from first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden as well.

 

The president spoke briefly to officials at the embassy. "We're devastated by it, but we will stand with you," Obama told them.

“God bless you all,” Biden said.

Obama visited the Japanese Embassy on March 17 after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country and triggered a nuclear disaster.

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