This was a good idea – for both of them to go. I’m glad they took time out of the day to express our condolences. Tough to get over this, thinking of all the children.
From the pool report:
“The President and Vice President visited the Norwegian ambassador’s residence in Washington to offer their condolences to the people of Norway after the tragic killings that occurred last week. The President and Vice President will sign a condolence book before returning to the White House. The First Lady and Dr. Biden asked the President and Vice President to deliver their own hand-written condolence letters.”
Arrived at 12:20. Pool was herded inside for about 10 minutes and watched Obama spend several minutes writing a note in the book. Biden also wrote a note for several minutes as Obama stood by. Pretty solemn mood.
AFP photog Jim Watson was kind enough to snap a photo of Obama’s note later and share it with pool. The note reads:
“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.” -Barack Obama
Caught part of Obama’s brief comments to the small group of Norwegian officials standing by. “We’re devastated by it, but we will stand with you,” he told them.
“God bless you all,” Biden said to the group.
Motorcade left just after 12:30 and arrived back at the WH at about 12:40.