The former president and husband of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met for several hours with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il before securing the women’s release through the cautiously negotiated rescue mission. The trip reportedly came after weeks of conversations involving several senior White House and State Department officials, academics and Congressional leaders.
“When the information came to us, from the young women themselves, then to former vice president Gore, that sending my husband would be the best way to ensure their release, of course we took that very seriously,” Hillary Clinton told the “Today” show audience Wednesday morning while the plane carrying her husband and the freed journalists was en route to Burbank.
The aircraft touched down at 5:52 a.m. and taxied to the hangar built by film producer and Democratic contributor Steve Bing. After the women received warm embraces from their families, Clinton finally disembarked the aircraft to applause and a giant hug from Gore.