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The debt debate might seem all-consuming here inside the Beltway. But in the rest of the world, real life happens. So President Obama left the White House Tuesday to make a brief visit to the Norwegian ambassador’s residence in the Cleveland Park area to offer his condolences for the tragic bombing and shooting that killed at least 76 on Friday.
Ambassador Wegger Strommen had returned to Norway, so Obama met with Berit Enge, the acting ambassador.
“To the people of Norway- we are heartbroken by the tragic loss of so many people, particularly youth with the fullness of life ahead of them,” Obama wrote in a condolence book. “No words can ease the sorrow but please know that the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with the people of Norway, and that we will stand beside you every step of the way.”
A pool reporter overheard Obama addressing a group of Norwegian officials: “We’re devastated by it, but we will stand with you.”
Vice President Biden added: “God bless you all.”