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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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91.

you must stupid    

93. This is what is called using your assets to your advantage. It is quietly known that Bill Clinton and Al Gore had a pretty good relationship with North Korea so it only made good sense to use them to secure these young ladies freedom. Much respect goes to the current administration who is not about EGO but what is best for the nation; best for America's relations abroad. Diplomacy at its BEST! Great job Bill!

Posted at 11:56AM on Aug 5th 2009 by FACINGREALITY
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BAWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Thanks for the laugh!! Did you just make that up as you went? The only "good relationship" the Clinton administration had was how he was stupid enough to give the N. Koreans their nuclear technology with the "promise" that they won't create any nukes. Billy will single-handledly be the cause of WWIII when N. Korea decides to use their nukes. It's now just a question of when. Clinton was an absolutely failure, just like Carter and just like Obama. Liberalism is truly a brain disorder.

1802 days ago
92.

you must stupid    

Does anyone else find it odd that Harvey "forgot" to mention that his favorite environmentalist terrorist, Al Gore, was in fact the employer of these women?

1802 days ago
93.

rebecca    

Lisa ling , All's I kept seeing is her slowly but surely making her way to where the camreas could see her ALOT ! If you watch the footage you will see she knows where the cameras are and she keeps trying to get into the shot very well.

Im glad her sibs are back home. But shes a poser. She wants to make surer everyone sees her. Thats sad.

1802 days ago
94.

you must stupid    

Why are Democrats the best friends of terrorists?

1802 days ago
95.

you must stupid    

I'm sure the pervert gave the terrorists the weakness to our Death Star. Democrats are just as dangerous as a terrorist with a nuke.

1802 days ago
96.

J C    

Kim Jong got what He wanted .
The credibility He craves from a photo op with a former US president.
These self important "journalists" should be jailed when they get back to the US but they'll run around the network talk shows for free face time .

1802 days ago
97.

you must stupid    

I can't even imagine what the spin would be if two of Bush's employees were being held hostage. Love the Nazism spin TMZ, keep it up!!!

1802 days ago
98.

Sandbox    

I have ZERO sympathy for these women and anyone else that travels abroad and puts themselves in dangerous situations. These women are "journalists", working for Al Gore, who INTENTIONALLY and KNOWINGLY crossed over the North Korean border. They even recorded themselves whispering into their camera that they were in North Korean territory. It is not the US government's responsibility (or that of a former president) to use resources to secure their release. You're on your own.

1802 days ago
99.

Whatajoke    

Uptown poster calls Republicans idiots.....uh, who were the ones who had to be "rescued" from the nice peaceful country which is N. Korea?.........lol

1802 days ago
100.

facingrealit    

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Thanks for the laugh!! Did you just make that up as you went? The only "good relationship" the Clinton administration had was how he was stupid enough to give the N. Koreans their nuclear technology with the "promise" that they won't create any nukes. Billy will single-handledly be the cause of WWIII when N. Korea decides to use their nukes. It's now just a question of when. Clinton was an absolutely failure, just like Carter and just like Obama. Liberalism is truly a brain disorder.

Posted at 12:02PM on Aug 5th 2009 by norms

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Norms - regardless of what Bill did in the past (like George W starting the war in Iraq) the FACT still remains that because of a previously established relationship with North Korea 2 americans are home. Yes, Bill made a deal with the devil during his administration and YES these 2 women compromised the US with their selfish actions but those things are neither here nor there as the situation was what it was. That said, my statement REMAINS in tact - because of a previous relationship with North Korea, Bill was able to enter that country and secure their release.

Just 2 months ago Hillary was threatening North Korea for test firing rockets and yesterday her husband secured the release of two americans. It may not seem like much to you but to me it has the potential of opening up more diplomatic talks. Just my opinion!


1802 days ago
101.

opi    

Those idiots asked for it. They knowingly broke the law. Now, the dictator has a propaganda coup by getting Clinton to go there to get them out. Next time journalists do that LEAVE THEM THERE. WHO CARES?

1802 days ago
102.

fleiter    

Happy for them. But these morons did serious damage to our foreign policy and gave the TOAD a propaganda victory. Next time don't violate the border, you idiots.

1802 days ago
103.

Jard    

What the Hel-- is so darn special about these two broads?? There are hundreds of people rotting in prisons with NO HELP..what a bunch of crap..Thes 2 ding a lings need to kiss the ground and THANK all who pais 4 this..Ticks me off that others are not getting out..Maybe bill got some action on the way home

1802 days ago
104.

KM    

What about all the hype/negotiating when soldiers are caught??? These 2 journalists should have known better about this country/the consequences. Happy, but let me help them pull their head out of their a@@....so very lucky. Hope this teaches everyone else a lesson before they think about going to a dangerous country for whatever the reason.

1802 days ago
105.

linda    

My question is what kind of deal did Clinton make with the evil dictator to get hem back. Probebly not good for the United States, but if they were part of my family I would be very happy right now.

1802 days ago
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