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Triumphant Return ... to Burbank

8/5/2009 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After nearly 5 months in North Korean captivity, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee finally returned to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

North Korean Journalists Triumphant Return

The photo on the right was taken moments after Laura was reunited with her sister, former "View" host Lisa Ling. The women hadn't seen their families since March.

The two women flew in on a private jet, reportedly owned by movie producer Steve Bing, who happens to be a close personal friend of Bill Clinton -- the man who talked 5'3" Kim Jong-il into releasing Laura and Euna.

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you must stupid    

This is gossip? Yeah, TMZ isn't political at all......

1800 days ago
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Joe    

first....amazing so happy for em

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doc murry    

im sure this cost the american taxpayers plenty..stay at home and cook and clean and you wont get in any trouble ching lee and lang wong

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GueraMala    

First!

1800 days ago
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Bebe    

Maybe those dumb asses shouldn't have done what they know is illegal anyway and almost causing an international incident in the process.

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Leah    

I saw it live, it was moving. So happy for the familes.

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G    

They better thank their lucky stars they got out of North Korea if it was during the Bush adms,they would become dog meat.
I don't understand why these people get this ass in trouble going into countries who communist and they cry and beg and plead to come home.What do they have to get into their thick skulss.Those women were sentence years of hard labor.
If we had their prision system in the USA their would be less crime here.Over there they don't play..
Isn't the Korean President a Michael Jackson fan and ochestrated the Thriller scene from the video? Apparenty,he does have a sense of humor..
I bet the Iranian President will be much more difficutt to deal with he is serious mental caseHikers from the USA wake up one day and say oh let's go hiking in Iran..DUH!!!!

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you must stupid    

If these chicks worked for Bush TMZ would have slaughtered him for not going himself, but since they are employees of Al Gore I guess it's all good

1800 days ago
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Whatajoke    

Keep your sorry asses out of there & the U.S. wouldn't have to deal with a mudering, nuke threatening, insane dictator......stupid b*tches!

1800 days ago
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Jodi    

I find it amusing that Bill Clinton got this done. I can just see it now............Bill's thinking, "OK, that's it!! I got this one!!" Ha ha! Good for him!! And that's awesome that he used a friend's private jet too. I know some people don't like him, but he got things done!!

1800 days ago
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Aaron    

AT WHAT COST? IT'S JUST LIKE NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS. IF THEY WEREN'T PART OF AL GORES GROUP, CLINTON WOULD NOT HAVE NEGOTIATED WITH NORTH KOREA!

1800 days ago
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$$$    

#7...do you know how many security people aer involved with Clinton?? And who do you suppose PAYS for all that Security? Yeah...you and me..the taxpayers..so yes it did cost us a small fortune for Billy Boy to go over there for this photo Op. If you really think Billy talked Kim Jong-il into releasing these women, you are so out of touch with the real world...

And since when did America start negotiating with terrorists??

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Whatajoke    

Is Al "the sky is falling" Gore going to go get the 3 stupid ass hikers arrested for crossing in to Iran?.........big P*SSY

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Mark    

i thought it a bit odd the one journalist barely acknowledged her husband (Ian?) ... she hugged everyone else ... ..kindof curious.

sidenote they cost the USA great political capitial with the career aspirations .. and the woman with a kid obviously put her life and family's future at stake in the process..

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jean    

Gore sent these two iditos to spy for his banal network! They were not bright enough to say "no".They were braisen enough to think they have no consequences for their entering another country for their agendas! Korea made Clinton bow and scrape to get them home,how wonderful.They,Gore, the women,Clinton are all a disgrace to America! I hope they get how foolish and selfish they all are! Stay out of places that you KNOW will cause trouble,then you want sympathy from the rest of country!

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