Two American journalists, detained in North Korea since March, arrived Wednesday morning in California after former President Clinton helped secure their release.
An aircraft carrying Clinton, Euna Lee and Laura Ling touched down shortly before 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET) amid tight security at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank outside Los Angeles.
Crowds of dignitaries and journalists gathered for the arrival. The aircraft will be brought into a hangar for a scheduled news conference.
North Korea pardoned Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, on Tuesday after Clinton's brief trip to Pyongyang.
The women were arrested in March while reporting from the border between North Korea and China. They were sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor on charges of entering the country illegally to conduct a smear campaign.
Clinton made the trip after the women's families asked him to travel to the communist country and seek their release, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
Gore — who was Clinton's vice president — was expected for Wednesday's arrival ceremony along with the freed journalists' families.
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So…Obama has a few brewskis with the fellas and Clinton rescues some friends of a friend from twelve years hard labor in a North Korean prison camp? Clinton FTW.