"I would like to thank president park for welcoming me here to day I'm so grateful for the opportunity to come back but I am very mindful my visit comes at a time of deep mourning for the people of this nation and I know that president park and the south Korean government focus on responding to the tragedy of the ferry Sewol."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
For now I just wanted ot express on behalf of the American people our deepest sympathies for the incredible and tragic loss that's taken place."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"As allies but also friends, we join you in mourning the loss and the missing and especially so many young people, students that represented the vitality and future of this nation."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"President Park I thought that it would be appropriate and fitting for us to begin today by honoring the lost and the missing and our delegation out of respect would appreciate the opportunity to join together in a moment of silence."
President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster.
Arriving on Friday afternoon at the Blue House, South Korea's presidential residence, Obama presented Park with an American flag that flew over the White House on April 16 _ a day of growing infamy for South Korea.
Sitting down for meetings with Park, Obama expressed his condolences over the sunken ferry incident, which has consumed Park's government for more than a week as divers discover yet more bodies.