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Obama, Biden offer condolences at Norwegian ambassador's residence

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WASHINGTON--In the wake of the Norway shooting tragedy, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the home of the Norwegian ambassador here on Tuesday.

From the White House....

"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."

From the pool report, by Huffington Post's Jen Bendery.....

"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

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