Obama visits with DOJ employees after NSA speech

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Justice Department employees often don't get credit for the challenging and back-breaking work they do.

After speaking at the department on changes he's ordered to U.S. surveillance programs, Obama personally thanked a group of people who weren't in the room for the speech.

He lauded the employees for their integrity and commitment to seeing that justice is applied fairly, and said he wants them to know that the president of the United States appreciates the remarkable work they do every day.

But Obama also joked about their government salaries.

He says a lot of Washington lawyers put in similarly long hours but, quote, "they usually get paid better than you all do."

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