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Euna Lee & Laura Ling Are Coming Home!

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04 Aug 2009, 21:01 #1

This is excellent news and here's another note some of the media outlets report that the Obama administration sent Bill Clinton to North Korea but on a Twitter post it was Al Gore who phoned Clinton and asked him to go to North Korea.
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04 Aug 2009, 23:49 #2

it was Al Gore who phoned Clinton and asked him to go to North Korea.
Leave it to the news to leave that part out. CNN did mention AL, but not that he called on President Clinton.
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05 Aug 2009, 00:12 #3

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... id=topnews

In L.A., Families and Friends Await Pardoned Journalists

Laura Ling, Euna Lee and Bill Clinton Expected to Arrive on Wednesday

By Karl Vick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 4, 2009; 7:14 PM

LOS ANGELES -- One woman approached China's border with North Korea as a seasoned foreign correspondent, the other as a sharp editor who was on her very first trip abroad in her new role as a producer.

Laura Ling, 32, one of the two American journalists released by North Korea on Tuesday after five months in captivity, had reported from Sri Lanka, Iran, Brazil, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, among other places.

"She knows her way around the world," said Morgan Wandell, who supervised Ling at San Francisco-based Current TV after working with her at another start-up, the Channel One news outlet that is broadcast into classrooms. "And she's a smart, prepared journalist. One of the things I take a little bit of issue with, she's not a cavalier risk-taker at all. She's very smart, and while she's curious and ambitious, she knows her limits, and she's certainly not a cowboy."

Euna Lee, 36, had been a standout editor at Current TV, the cable and Web network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, and was breaking into producing via the route that had worked for Ling a decade earlier: hard work backed by language skills and cultural knowledge that could add immense value to a story that demanded discretion and delicacy. The women had traveled to the Chinese border with North Korea, where they were preparing a report about North Korean refugees.

"It was unfortunately her first assignment," said Annika Mandel, who was hired as a writer-producer at Current in 2005, about the same time Lee came on as a video editor, the person who ties the report together.

"She was the editor we all wanted to work with," said Mandel, who now works for a health insurer. "I knew that if I worked with her, my work was going to be ten times better than if I was going to do it myself. She brought a really critical creative eye to things."

Friends said they expected the women to arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday on the plane carrying former president Bill Clinton, who arranged their release Tuesday in a trip to Pyongyang.

"We are counting the seconds to hold Laura and Euna in our arms," said a statement from their families, whose united effort to free the women display the qualities -- discipline, determination and devotion -- that friends said marked the captives' lives.

"We especially want to thank President Bill Clinton for taking on such an arduous mission and Vice President Al Gore for his tireless efforts to bring Laura and Euna home," the statement said. "We must also thank all the people who have supported our families through this ordeal, it has meant the world to us. "

In Los Angeles, Lee will be reunited with her husband, actor Michael Saldate, and their daughter, Hanna, 4. Lee's parents live in Seoul, the South Korean capital where she grew up. She has two sisters in the United States, where she came to attend college.

"She has a little bit of an accent," Mandel said.

Ling will see her husband, Iain Clayton, a British-born investment banker who has said he wrote her a letter every day of the five months she was captive. Wandell said the two met in college, on a concert date that went so well Ling purposely left her ID in his borrowed jacket "so she had an excuse for contacting him."

"We have been together for 12 years and this is the longest I've gone without hearing her voice," Clayton wrote on a blog for CNN's "Larry King Live," where family members appeared in late May when they judged that going public might help after the women's admission they had crossed the border. The families largely withdrew again after North Korea sentenced the women to 12 years hard labor, following the advice of experts, including Gore, who friends of the family said was consistently available.

"There was a strategy for a long time to keep things sort of low-key," Mandel said. "They didn't want to make them any more marketable as detainees than they already were."

Ling grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks. Her father, a second-generation Chinese American, was a military contractor; her mother was born in Taiwan. At Del Campo High School, her sister, Lisa, was already on her way to success as a TV journalist on a program, "Scratch," that went national, said Jim Jordan, who taught Laura Ling honors English her junior year.

Lisa Ling went on to National Geographic, "Oprah" and "The View," but, Jordan said, "I wouldn't say Laura was in her shadow." Friends and relatives describe the sisters as best friends.

"Laura was always just really secure, said Angie Wang, a cousin. "She knew who she was."

The sisters helped each other. When Gotham Chopra, a producer at Channel One, was preparing to travel to China for a story in 1999, he told Lisa he needed an interpreter. She recommended Laura, fresh from UCLA and fluent in Mandarin. By trip's end, Channel One had offered her a full-time job.

" She evolved within the first six months from being a lower-level translator to associate producer to she's now basically running Current's Vanguard news division," Chopra said.

On the trip to the North Korean border, Lee was following the same path into producing. Fluent in the language of the refugees, "her Korean would be very helpful," Mandel said. Plus, she was a good listener.

"If you're ever having a problem, you can go to Euna and just vent, and she validates your feelings and helps you get through a hard time." Mandel said. "I definitely had a few of those starting at a job, and you could always rely on Euna.

"She's a devoted worker and a devoted family person and just a sweet soul. A very sweet soul."
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05 Aug 2009, 03:03 #4

Wonderful news! I heard the leader of N. Korea specifically asked former President Clinton to come.
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05 Aug 2009, 04:10 #5

this is the change we have now that Obama is president.
He can back channel negotiations with people like Al Gore and Jimmy Carter and get someone like Bill Clinton to go do the public work.

Obviously Obama himself could not go, but you all know that if Bush were president the two would be dead, and W would be smirking and bombing
North Korea.

Thank God for Obama winning and for diplomacy to take over where once bombs fell.

There is still hope for peace in the world yet like there was in 1977 to 1980.
when not one person died during Jimmy Carter's term, and like here, all the hostages came home alive.
Victoria Kennedy senator 2013.
Then with guns as the #1 issue-national ticket 2016.SCOTUS DEPENDS ON IT,Only vote DEMOCRAT or one who will caucus with them
PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID-WE COULD NOT SECURE THE GOOD WE DID SECURE, IF WE GRASPED FOR MORE

Reframe the entire gun issue. Make it part of the war on terror. With Sen. V. Kennedy (MA) at the helm,
THE DREAM LIVES ON AGAIN
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05 Aug 2009, 08:03 #6

http://current.com/sl/welcome_home.htm

Welcome Home!
Laura Ling & Euna Lee

LAURA LING AND EUNA LEE ARE COMING HOME

Current Media journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who have been detained in North Korea since March 17th, will be coming home on Wednesday morning with former President Bill Clinton, who is at this moment returning from North Korea having obtained their release.

We want to thank the Obama Administration for its continuous and determined efforts to achieve this outcome, and President Clinton for his willingness to undertake this mission.

All of us at Current are overjoyed at Laura and Euna's safe return. Our hearts go out to them – and to their families – for persevering through this horrible experience.

We will have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, all our thoughts are with Laura and Euna and their families, who have shown remarkable courage and initiative for the 140 days of this ordeal.

Al Gore and Joel Hyatt
Co-Founders
Current Media
August 2009
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05 Aug 2009, 13:14 #7

AL GORE is there front and center to greet them

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Victoria Kennedy senator 2013.
Then with guns as the #1 issue-national ticket 2016.SCOTUS DEPENDS ON IT,Only vote DEMOCRAT or one who will caucus with them
PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID-WE COULD NOT SECURE THE GOOD WE DID SECURE, IF WE GRASPED FOR MORE

Reframe the entire gun issue. Make it part of the war on terror. With Sen. V. Kennedy (MA) at the helm,
THE DREAM LIVES ON AGAIN
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05 Aug 2009, 13:32 #8

Together again!
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05 Aug 2009, 14:00 #9

Those two look great together! Sure miss that Gore didn't get to serve his rightful place as President but I am glad there was a happy ending for these two girls.

Kudos to Clinton for coming thru for them. I'm sure Gore,Clinton and Obama all played an important role in this.
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05 Aug 2009, 16:12 #10

This is SO wonderful.

In a very unusual twist of fate, I happened to be home this morning waiting for a plumber, so I turned on the TV and saw the homecoming live. I had missed the beginning, but they reshowed it. It was SO moving when Euna Lee reunited with her child. I get choked up even just recalling it, and every single time they replayed it.

God bless Al Gore and all he did to bring this about. I had read a very nasty attack on him on the net a while back, which said ignorantly words to the tune of "why isn't Al Gore doing anything about this?" I shot back in a comment that, ya BLEEP BLEEP (rhymes with "yum bass"--but don't worry, I didn't say that part in my comment), he is no doubt working tirelessly behind the scenes to get them released and you are not hearing about it because otherwise it wouldn't be BEHIND THE SCENES, now would it? Anyway, today the world can see the fruits of Al Gore's intelligent, experienced, diplomatic, wise, tireless labor. What a truly wonderful, beautiful bit of news to see these two young women brought home to American soil, to reunite with their loved ones. Again, the most moving moment to me was the reunion of Euna Lee with her little daughter.

Way to go, Al (and President Clinton!). Great, great job by everyone.

Thank God we have an administration in office now that understands DIPLOMACY, although this was officially an unofficial trip by Clinton. All I know is that everyone involved did all the right things and now two people are free and with their families, home in America.

Hallelu! :bow:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgbXLWZtv0Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tB9z1Bpr00
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05 Aug 2009, 16:28 #11

hangingchad @ Aug 5 2009, 04:12 PM wrote: Thank God we have an administration in office now that understands DIPLOMACY, although this was officially an unofficial trip by Clinton. All I know is that everyone involved did all the right things and now two people are free and with their families, home in America.

Hallelu! :bow:
Boy, you can say that again! Can you imagine if Bush had still been in office? His immature and misguided M.O. was always that he wouldn't even talk to heads of countries that were on his shit list. Seems little Georgie never learned how to get along with others in the sandbox.

In any case, it was so nice to see how warmly and genuinely Clinton and Gore greeted each other. Did you notice Bill's hand rubbing Al's back up and down when they embraced when Bill first got off the plane? I don't think it was for show. And Al kept reaching out to put his arm around Bill, and then the two of them walked off at the end with their arms around each other. Very nice to see.

Everyone involved in this deserves kudos. I'm just waiting to see how the right-wing spins this success into something bad. They'll find a way . . .
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05 Aug 2009, 16:41 #12

earthmother @ Aug 5 2009, 11:28 AM wrote:
hangingchad @ Aug 5 2009, 04:12 PM wrote: Thank God we have an administration in office now that understands DIPLOMACY, although this was officially an unofficial trip by Clinton.  All I know is that everyone involved did all the right things and now two people are free and with their families, home in America.

Hallelu! &nbsp; :bow:
Boy, you can say that again! Can you imagine if Bush had still been in office? His immature and misguided M.O. was always that he wouldn't even talk to heads of countries that were on his shit list. Seems little Georgie never learned how to get along with others in the sandbox.

In any case, it was so nice to see how warmly and genuinely Clinton and Gore greeted each other. Did you notice Bill's hand rubbing Al's back up and down when they embraced when Bill first got off the plane? I don't think it was for show. And Al kept reaching out to put his arm around Bill, and then the two of them walked off at the end with their arms around each other. Very nice to see.

Everyone involved in this deserves kudos. I'm just waiting to see how the right-wing spins this success into something bad. They'll find a way . . .
I'm sure they'll say that Al Gore used way too much energy flying them home on a private plane and they should have flown commercial.
:rolleyes:

Yes, I noticed the warmth between Clinton and Gore and it was very lovely to see. It was poignant for me because, while I don't want to go back (as that would mean we still had 8 years of shrub ahead of us :o ), I miss the Clinton-Gore administration...although not as much as I did during the aforementioned eight years of shrub-a-dub-dub.

As my mom often says and I recently have been realizing is very profound: "Thank God we're this far!"
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05 Aug 2009, 18:24 #13

I would have loved to have seen the exchange between Gore & Clinton. Didn't even get to see any replay at lunch as running errands, but I hope to see some tonight. I bet it was a touching scene, as well as the reunion of Euna Lee and Lisa Ling with their families. Just the pictures shown on the net are enough to bring tears to your eyes. What an emotional and joyful reunion at the same time.

I am so proud to have people like Gore and Clinton representing us, as well as an awesome President!! Bush brought us nothing but shame and humiliation during the 8 years we were subjected to his reign.
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05 Aug 2009, 18:31 #14

Beautiful:

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/po ... re.html?hp

Article itself: "Clinton and Gore, Together Again

WASHINGTON — It was a stirring scene: Bill Clinton, the former president, and Al Gore, his former vice president, back together, sharing a long and emotional hug as Mr. Clinton delivered back to American soil from captivity in North Korea two journalists who worked for Mr. Gore.

The tableau was a visible reminder of how circumstances had conspired over the past few days to bring all the reigning families of the Democratic Party together around the drama of Mr. Clinton’s trip to North Korea.

There on the tarmac in California were the two dominant Democrats of the 1990s, having helped to ease an international crisis on behalf of an administration in which Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as secretary of state to the man, President Obama, who defeated Mrs. Clinton last year in a bitter race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Within those three families, there have been many feuds and bruised egos over the years. Most of them now appear to have been set aside. While Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore did not linger together in public on Wednesday morning, and have had relatively little contact over the past eight years, according to an associate of the two men, they have both built post-White House roles and reputations that seem to have left them at peace with their shared pasts.

For just a moment, even with their extra heft and greyer hair, it was easy to recall the most famous time Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore appeared together, campaigning across the country in 1992 as the Democratic candidate for president and vice president. It was a ticket that seemed to challenge political wisdom — two men, both relatively young, both from the South, both moderates — and seemed to augur a new chapter in American politics.

On the campaign trail, and later in the White House, the two men and their spouses were friends: Sharing a bus and jokes and warm embraces, Mr. Gore introducing Mr. Clinton at every stop of the way, feeding off each other’s riffs and energies. Perhaps inevitably, by the end of Mr. Clinton’s second term that relationship had turned into an estrangement, a bitter endnote to their eight years together in Washington.

Mr. Gore remained loyal to Mr. Clinton during the second term, but made clear to associates his deep disapproval of Mr. Clinton’s affair with an intern. After Mr. Gore ran for president in 2000 and lost the electoral college vote to George W. Bush on a ruling by the Supreme Court, he and Mr. Clinton had an intense Oval Office encounter. Mr. Gore blamed Mr. Clinton for his loss, and Mr. Clinton angrily attacked Mr. Gore for distancing himself, not even permitting him to campaign in states like Arkansas. It was described by associates as their first significant conversation in 18 months.

Over the past eight years, both men have gone down different roads in trying to rebuild their reputations: Mr. Gore as a champion in the fight against global warming and an outsize figure in the Democratic Party, Mr. Clinton the global ambassador, leading the world fight against AIDS and poverty. Their contact in recent years has been irregular, but when Mr. Gore called Mr. Clinton 10 days ago to ask for his help, Mr. Clinton quickly agreed.

And while they might have crossed paths from time to time, there has clearly been nothing like the moment when Mr. Gore — spotting Mr. Clinton at the top of the steps coming off the aircraft — walked forward, clapping his hands loudly, leading the audience in applause.

They shook hands first, and than hugged for a full five seconds, with Mr. Clinton patting his hand along Mr. Gore’s back and lingering before moving on to greet the waiting family members.."
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05 Aug 2009, 20:39 #15

I wish that Tennessee would recognize what a great man we have in VP Gore. It was his work behind the scene that worked this miracle. He has always been behind what is best for our people and our country. Tennesee should be proud to but a bust of Him on the Capitol grounds. TN is an embarrassment because of its behavior. It is the GOP way or the highway. I'm hoping for a brighter day in 2010 when the democrats take control again. I hope the people of Tennesee is watching and seeing how terrible the GOP has run this state into the ground.
Example: Guns in parks and bars and trying to stop gays and abortions. That is all that they know. We can thank the right wing church nuts.
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