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We won't lie, we teared up at the sight of this.

The two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were imprisoned in North Korea, are now back in the US!

The women were greeted by their families and members of the media capturing the emotional moments of their reunion.

At the press conference this morning, Laura Ling explained that she and Euna were told 30 hours earlier by North Korean officials that they were going to a meeting.

When they arrived at the meeting to find former president Bill Clinton, Laura said she and Lee knew "the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end."

Nice job, Bill!

We're so happy to see these brave women back with their families!

CLICK HERE to watch the happy reunion unfold on video.

[Image via AP Images.]

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  1. 1

    This is such great video…. I'm so happy for all who was affected. God bless them.



  2. 2

    Bill got to try some new Korean dishes while on the trip.



  3. 3

    wow. I've never said this before but good for Bill!



  4. 4

    Did Bill boink em on the flight home??? Why didn't Hilary rescue them?? Isn't that her job???



  5. 5

    thank god! happy ending.



  6. 6

    Puttin away my nasty comments for one minute to say:

    God that is awesome! Bill Clinton should get the Nobel Peace Prize totally!



  7. 7

    you two tards should have known better………….



  8. 8

    These two dumb assholes are very very lucky.



  9. 9

    What is Current TV and who do they think they are sneaking into North Korea? Who knows what the US had to do or say to get them back. Would we have gone to all this trouble if Dick CHeney had a TV station?????



  10. 10

    Stupid women



  11. 11

    late much Perez?



  12. 12

    I love Bill.. he's probably smoking a Lewinsky cigar right about now basking in the glow of a job well done !!



  13. 13

    props to bill clintion and al gore !

  14. sss says – reply to this


    14

    This two bitches were not being held in a prison. They were being held at some 5 star hotel. Second North Korea was not going to make them served any hard labor time. N. Korea was bluffing. Idiots knew it was illegal to cross the N. Korea border. I don't feel sorry for them, and video actually pisses me off. Tax dollars at waste. Yeah, Bill flew in a private Jet. But who do you think is paying for his secret service? They should have left those two in N. Korea, besides they all look the same.



  15. 15

    Re: Canadiana717 – i got a cigar, care to add some flavor?



  16. 16

    im very happy that these two women are back safe in america. but sneeking into north korea? they should have known before hand that they were taking such a huge risk and would get potentially get caught



  17. 17

    I'm so glad they're back home.



  18. 18

    Re: Canadiana717 – how about you report to my office…..



  19. 19

    wow some of you guys are fucking assholes. saying that they are dumb and should have known better. whoa fuck off.



  20. 20

    yaaaaay!



  21. 21

    This is the information I want to see. Good news!!!



  22. 22

    Re: nicolie – Me, too. Good Job Bill! International news said they were sending 'the Big Man' over there.

  23. Sweet says – reply to this


    23

    If you purposefully cross into a communist country like North Korea, you're not "brave", you're stupid.



  24. 24

    YAY!Q That was so cool to see! It's nice to see some good news for a change! It's also good to see Bill Clinton is still relevant and important. Maybe people now will appreciate how good of a president he was before that bozo from Texas ruined everything!



  25. 25

    Next time stay where you belong. Why are they even running around in that area? The Korean government will most likely begin the next World War and these two idiots think its a game to fool with them. Who knows what bargaining went on that must have cost the U.S. governemt a lot of leverage. Americans need to learn to just stay in their own country and realize that their "American rights" aren't acknowledged in other countries.



  26. 26

    See what you can accomplish through DIPLOMACY?!?!?!?

    After 8 yrs of a Bush foreign policy nightmare, it's SO NICE to see the U.S embracing diplomacy again! This is a huge coup for Obama……

    The entire world is breathing easier today, knowing there is a smart, capable human in control of the U.S (and world) who embraces intellectual discussion and it's place in modern society, over just dropping bombs without discourse.



  27. 27

    If Bush/Cheney were in office, these girls wouldn't have made it out.



  28. 28


  29. 29

    hopefully these two stupid gooks or learned their lesson.



  30. 30

    Thats good news, now hopefully people will stay the fuck out of North Korea
    Kim Jong il is fucking scary



  31. 31

    Re: Long Dong Connery – You were missed while you were away mon cher… I'll be right there…



  32. 32

    THANX GOD!



  33. 33

    Re: sss – "they all look the same?" wow that has got to be the most ignorant statement ever. i'm offended and i'm not even asian. i'm sure i wouldn't(and i'm sure a lot of people will as well) be happy hearing that
    oh white people look all the same. i think you just need to open both your eyes and mind.



  34. 34

    Re: kushala1 – No, they will go hiking in Iran next.



  35. 35

    …Bill Clinton has always been a quality man. Misteps maybe in his personal affairs but he is an intellingent man.



  36. 36

    Re: Canadiana717 – should i bring the oil???????? or no need………….????????



  37. 37

    Re: Poindexter-X – agrees.



  38. 38

    It wasn't so much Bill actually doing anything, that nutjob Korean has a fascination with with him. Kim Jong-il said he would release the ladies if Bill paid him a visit. Go figure. On a side note, I'm glad Bill has resisted doing the Botox thing like so many other politicians. Al Gore, on the other hand, has obviously been doing the needle and looks creepy.



  39. 39

    GOOD GOD- I MISS BILL CLINTON!! Is it just me or was life better when he was the President! It seems like I had money when he was in office! Let him run for office again!



  40. 40

    maybe those bitches won't try to sneak back in ENEMY territory!



  41. 41

    Cool watching this happen this morning on "Today".



  42. 42

    Re: sss
    Wow… Debbie Downer much?! Amazing how only you have been given the inside scoop about what really happened while they were detained. You sound super intelligent. STFU!



  43. 43

    Re: Long Dong Connery – No need.. ;)



  44. 44

    Re: Zoesmom – What the FUCK are you smoking!!! What the HELL did Obama do??!!! Absolutely NOTHING as always! This stupid, brainless, ILLEGAL fucktard didn't and hasn't done a damn thing, and yet morons like you credit his dumbass with everything! Get your lips pried off this dipshit's ass and WAKE UP! This whole thing was nothing more than a publicity stunt, prearranged for the Democrats to get some good press since O'dumna can't do a thing right. The 'private plane' was reportedly supplied by a "movie producer", so you know this is a setup for another useless "documentary film". Fuck them all (Bill probably already has).



  45. 45

    Hope the bitches learned their fucking selfish lessons. Idiots. Classic survival of the fittest example.



  46. 46

    I wouldn't say brave. I would say stupid, arrogant and criminal. They go against everything that is integrity in journalism!

    and once again prove that there is a different more lenient law for celebrities!



  47. 47

    Re: kushala1 – Racial slurs?? Yeah - reported.



  48. 48

    i love bill clinton



  49. 49

    Re: Sweet – THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  50. 50

    If it was you Mario, Bubba would have left you there….



  51. 51

    Im so happy they are home



  52. 52

    "brave women?" what did they do that was brave? Are they speaking out about the MILLIONS of people held in confinement or in torture facilities, people who have done NOTHING? Talk to Amnesty International. This is just slime. Al Gore is slime. Bill Clinton just wants attention. These people were at least doing "jobs," what about people incarcerated for simply existing, or having certain ideas or appearance? These women had it GOOD over there, and what did Clinton "trade" for them? It's all schlock and shinola (speaking of shine, Al's face…). Who paid for Bill's private jet? these women should be really embarrassed.



  53. 53

    oh my god that's a good looking husband. shit.

    Journalists are supposed to risk their lives. It's what they did before such phonies as Meredeith Viera and Barbara Walters and Geraldo Rivera made it all a joke.



  54. 54

    Re: lafeeverte – And how forward-thinking of you to assume anyone who makes a racist remark is WHITE. Because everyone knows racism does not exist outside the White race. Heavens! Hypocritical sack of shit. Change your fucking name, you're a disgrace to Absinthe drinkers everywhere.



  55. 55

    Makes me wonder what will happen to the three hikers that were taken into custody in Iran recently. Will they get a visit from "the Big Man" too? Seems like all these rogue nations have to do is take a couple of hostages if they want a visit from a high ranking diplomat. Did we just set a precedent we will soon regret?



  56. 56

    Who cares about these dumb bitches? This shows that justice works only for the privileged.



  57. 57

    We should have traded all you freaking haters for them. We wouldn't miss y'all one single bit. Kiss, kiss, bye bye…



  58. 58

    Love you long time!



  59. 59

    RAURA RING AND RUNA REE DESERVE TO STILL BE IN A NORTH KOREAN JAIL…THEY KNOWINGLY TRIED TO CROSS INTO NORTH KOREA!
    -
    WHAT KIND OF PRECIDENT DOES THIS SET????
    -
    THERE'S 3 YOUNG AMERICAN CIVILIANS IN A PRISON IN IRAN BECAUSE THEY BACKPACKED INTO IRAN FROM IRAQ……IS SLICK WILLY GONNA GO GET THEM?????



  60. 60

    Why Us ( the taxpayers ) have to pay so much of our money for the freedoom of those stupid Asian Bitches? They broke the law they should have just paid for it !!!!



  61. 61

    Me so horny! me love you long time, Mr. Clinton - you want to kiss my eggroll?



  62. 62

    What a wonderful blessing!!!



  63. 63

    And who is the hot gay piece in photo #2??? Nice….



  64. 64

    so typical, if you watch the video they both have white american husbands…lol..;P



  65. 65

    Re: sss
    stfu bitch, racist much? fucking haole.



  66. 66

    Such good news for all involved.



  67. 67

    some of you peeps are just dicks. this is GREAT news these women have been let go. period.



  68. 68

    Re: Unbelievable!

    Anger issues much?!?! This ABSOLUTELY proves Diplomacy works….you know, talking, working things out….it's not all about bombs and birthers you know.

    You are nothing more than an ignorant, inbred republican who clearly has a hate-on for President Obama. Too dumb to see that the world LOVES him because he is an intellect who believes in more than just dropping bombs on sovereign nations for no reason at all.
    You represent everything wrong with middle-america.



  69. 69

    next time they shouldn't go sneaking around where they don't belong. they're lucky they were released.



  70. 70

    Wow Their Husbands are hot! Yum! Welcome Back lucky bitches!



  71. 71

    Ahhhh….me too, glad they are home.



  72. 72

    Re: sss

    Yo, sss (which apparently stands for ssstupid), Clinton is an ex president, he gets secret service for life…as does Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, and George W. Bush.

    At least Clinton could go on a mission like this. Imagine GDumbya going anywhere and actually being listened to - or even welcomed.

    Or maybe I misoverestimate his ignorance.



  73. 73

    I was happy about the reunion but I cannot help but think they are nimrods for how they assumed just because they were U.S. Citizens and Asian that they would get away sneaking into North Korea. All this for a freakin story, and by the way they should pay the U.S. government back for all the hassle they caused if the get money from writing a book. It is no different than Octomom having all the babies expecting everyone else to pay for a idiotic decision.
    Anybody with a brain and common senses would have not tried this bullcrap!



  74. 74

    God bless both families. In such a negative world, it is heart-lifting when things like this happen.

    TEAM BILL!



  75. 75

    that is pretty heart warming, but still..



  76. 76

    I understand part of the release deal was that North Korea would get Madonna!Madge start packing NOW!



  77. 77

    Al Gore is their employer(current TV) and Bill was asked by Kim Jong IL to pay him a visit (creapy that the psycho of NKorea asked for him personally). It is called connections, I don't think Bill planned any of this out on his own but I am sure Gore lucked out that Bill was willing to go there. I wonder what he bargained, my guess free missile testing in the pacific without a global butt chewing. Obama will let KJI bad behavior slide for the next few years.



  78. 78

    I'm so glad they let those women go. All that shit was totally unnecessary, from the border crossing to the 12 year sentencing. Stupid shit! Well done there BILL and Hillary!!! That's how you solve issues, by NEGOTIATING not by starting a fucking WAR! But now Hillary has to take care of those 3 hikers in Iran. Question: Why don't people just stay the hell away from hostile countries, so the government doesn't have to waste so much precious time bailing them out? Seriously, they got better stuff to do!



  79. 79

    I teared up too! So glad they are back to their families!



  80. 80

    say what you want about slick Willie; but this almost makes up for all the shit he did with Monica. This is the best thing he has ever done professionally. Way to go. Made me cry and so happy too!



  81. 81

    I do think these women are brave. What are we supposed to do? Turn a blind eye on all the human rights abuses that North Korea puts their citizens through? We need to know what's going on. Plus weren't they just at the border, not inside the country? Of course it's true that they should have been more careful because North K. wasn't going to take it easy on them just because they were women but I still admire them for putting themselves in danger because they care about other fellow human beings.



  82. 82

    for Mr. Clinton to able able to reason with that crazy little man shows what a terrific ambassador for peace he is. love bill!



  83. 83

    How much do you want to bet that their dumb asses will put themselves in another situation like that in the near future? Stay tuned….



  84. 84

    hummmm….wander what ol' Bill promised Kim Jun Il in return?



  85. 85

    I knew they'd make back. God bless Bill Clinton!



  86. 86

    Make it back!



  87. 87

    Guy in photo number 2 looks WAAAAYY happy for the photo op! Hes not even embracing her and looking in her face hes hungry for the cameras SAD SAD SAD!!!



  88. 88

    Re: ddnett11 – KJI may be a freak but he knew what he had in these two (with their connections to Gore). It was no surprise they were treated so well while in confinement and that a meeting with Clinton was the endgame. Maybe Gore will be a little more responsible with his journalists from now on and not put them in such a vulnerable position. I doubt these two girls, or Gore for that matter, could have imagined being used in this way. Funny how there's been no mention of how Gore was played here.

  89. @v@ says – reply to this


    89

    I've always thought that past Presidents should be tapped on a volunteer as-needed consultant basis due to their vast past experience, international relationships and knowledge. Putting these men out to pasture at their height with a fat pension doesn't do them justice, and to have their expertise utilized helps them feel needed and useful and helps them to earn it. Good job, Mr. Clinton.



  90. 90

    Finally after all they've been trough. Stay save now and enjoy family time!



  91. 91

    Clinton should at least be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize for this. Outstanding!!!!



  92. 92

    Re: @v@ – i agree! bill clinton is a P-I-M-P!!! and to everyone else making those racist remarks…if those chicks' skin were any other color, would you be making the same remarks? they're still AMERICAN, as are you, oh descendants of OTHER IMMIGRANTS. dipshits. America is a country built upon immigrants and immigrant labor. If you're gonna get all uppity about "your" land, it's not even yours in the first place–unless you happen to be native american. And what the journalists were doing there in the first place–that's only for everyone else to speculate…no one knows exactly what happened and under what circumstances. Judge not lest ye be judged.



  93. 93

    Maybe this will send a message to everyone - stay the fuck out of North Korea. I don't feel happy for the stupid bitches at all. They knew full well crossing that border between South and North Korea was going to cause a problem and they did it anyways. Say what you want about the political bullshit of North Korea, but why would you even tempt to cross the border knowing that you could go to jail? They did it because they thought it was the rebellious thing. It was the stupidest thing and the U.S. should have left their asses there. I bet they don't go doing anything like that again and if they do, they deserve a good hard slap.



  94. 94

    can sb just bomb n.korea?



  95. 95

    Re: kushala1

    exactly.



  96. 96

    Re: amberlr3 – It's a hostile foreign country. So, yeah, not the wisest move. Go read something besides Perez, learn a bit.



  97. 97

    This is so touching
    I am glad they are home



  98. 98

    I am so happy that these two young ladies are home!

    I am looking forward to hearing the truth about whether these two journalists really violated North Korea's border????

    Could they be that stupid??

    I am truly hoping they did not!!!!



  99. 99

    President Bill Clinton is a Hero & a Great American!!



  100. 100

    to bad our own president was to busy drinking beer…..

    go bill!

    and to that one person obama did nothing.

    he should be doing it not our former presidnet

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