The Washington Times - July 26, 2011, 02:10PM

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden offered their sympathies to the people of Norway on Tuesday, visiting the Norwegian ambassador’s D.C. home to sign a condolence book in honor of those killed in Friday’s attacks.

“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. 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,” Mr. Obama wrote in the book, according to reporters traveling with him.

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At least 76 people were killed in twin attacks in Norway Friday after a gunman opened fire on an island youth camp following a bomb blast in downtown Oslo.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden also delivered handwritten condolence letters from their wives, the White House said.