Fox News reported a few minutes ago that our brilliant and lovely Homegirl, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has selected and sent none other than than our brilliant and handsome former President William Jefferson Clinton as Special Envoy to North Korea to secure the release of Homegirls Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
This is wonderful news and a terrific move on Hillary’s part for many reasons. It is the first time Hillary has secured Bill’s services in this administration, and it is welcome participation. There had been speculation that the Special Envoy might be Bill Richardson, who has a track record with the North Koreans, or Al Gore, for whom the two journalists work. But Hillary has connections. Instead she sent in her big gun. This is sweet!
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are absolutely delighted and obviously, relieved to have Roxana home safely, to have her parents here with us. This was a matter of great concern to our country, certainly to the Obama Administration, to me personally, not only as Secretary of State, but as a mother. And my heart went out to Roxana and to her parents every single day.
We are just grateful now that she is free and is able to be back in this country. There were so many people who were working on her behalf, praying for her, speaking out all over the world. And it’s just a great moment for me to welcome you here. MS. SABERI: Thank you very much. I want to take this opportunity to again thank the American people, President Obama, you, Secretary of State Clinton, and your Department, as well as many others around the world for the support they gave me during the past few months, and for the work they did to push for my release.
When I found out that I had the support while I was in prison, I gained a lot of strength and hope and I didn’t feel so alone anymore. It’s wonderful to be back in the United States. I’m very proud to be an American, just as I’m proud of my Japanese and Iranian heritage. It’s wonderful to be back. Thank you. Thank you so much. SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much. Thank you all very much.
Hillary received Roxana along with her parents today at the State Department. Efforts world-wide to obtain Roxana’s release, not the least of which came from Hillary Clinton herself, paid off. Now, let’s get organized to agitate for the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee from North Korea!
Today is Roxana Saberi’s 32nd birthday. She is spending it on a hunger strike in prison in Iran on trumped up charges on which she was convicted in a 15 minute trial. Roxana is a journalist, an American citizen and former Miss North Dakota.
Euna Lee and Laura Ling, also American journalists are being held in North Korea also as spies.
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