Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Obama gets "gift" on birthday

President Barack Obama celebrates his 48th birthday today and he received a gift of sorts in news of the release of two American journalists held in North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il granted the two journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, a "special pardon" on the day of his meeting with former President Bill Clinton, who is making an unannounced private visit to the country.

North Korea pardons US reporters

BBC News - ‎47 minutes ago‎
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has issued a special pardon to two detained US journalists, the country's state news agency reports.

Obama celebrates with veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who shares the same birthday as the president.

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