Obama praises special ops forces in hostage rescue

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About two hours before Obama was scheduled to begin delivering his State of the Union address, Brennan told him Buchanan and Thisted were safe and in U.S. hands.

After delivering his address, Obama called Buchanan’s father. In his statement Wednesday, Obama said he told John Buchanan “that all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family.”

“The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice,” Obama said. “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”

Biden had high praise for the special forces. “It takes your breath away, their capacity and their bravery,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ”These guys and women are amazing.”

Associated Press writers Julie Pace and Robert Burns contributed to this report.

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