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updated: 7/26/2011 12:23 PM

Obama pays respects at Norwegian embassy

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden extended their condolences in person Tuesday over the massacre in Oslo during an unannounced trip to the Norwegian ambassador's residence in Washington.

Obama wrote in a condolence book that, "We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of so many people particularly youth with the fullness of life ahead of them." The ambassador was in Norway and not present, but Obama greeted some people at the residence and told them: "We're devastated ... but we will stand with you."

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