President Obama’s Remarks on the Boston Marathon Tragedy (Transcript and Video)

"Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people."

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Remarks provided by the White House Press Office

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds.  And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.

The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight.  And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.

We don’t yet have all the answers.  But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.

I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond.

I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.

I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families.  And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.

Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak.  It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances.  And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.

We still do not know who did this or why.  And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.  But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this.  And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this.  Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day.  It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the  earliest days of our nation.  And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition.  Boston is a tough and resilient town.  So are its people.  I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.  And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.

You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings.  We’re still in the investigation stage at this point.  But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

Thank you very much.

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22 comments
jmacdougall
jmacdougall

Time really needs to do what other media are doing and edit the comments. Right now it's just a bag of gas. Is that really what Time wants?

DaveBaker1
DaveBaker1

how do we know the boston bombers were not trained by obama's pal and bomb maker bill ayers?

syberpunk
syberpunk

you people are disgusting this is not about you and your backwards beliefs in god and politics have some empathy for the peoples of mass you vultures  

ElbievWyngaard
ElbievWyngaard

@TIME Gods perfect plan is not about us or this world, but it is about His Christ and Him been formed in us thru His Covenant of Faith

ProfitsMgr
ProfitsMgr

@TIME Please make TIME for issues caused by Parental Alienation in America.

jsfox
jsfox

Bottom line we should all be ble to go. The Cuban embargo became a failed foreign policy decades ago.

KiaThiesen
KiaThiesen

@TIME I won't allow Obama to say I'll say a prayer for those in Boston. He doesn't speak for me I have my own voice.

usalost1
usalost1

@TIME obama,s a scumbag,,hey obama musta been a white guy,,no a cathlic blue eyed white guy,that beleves in xmas.ya thats it

ubbabe
ubbabe

@TIME ...yes...our thoughts and prayers for those in Boston...

jmacdougall
jmacdougall

@KiaThiesen @TIME  he wasn't speaking for you.Did you really think he was?

DaveBaker1
DaveBaker1

you don't think bill ayers is a bomb maker and obama's pal?

DaveBaker1
DaveBaker1

whoever alex jones is, i don't need him to tell me about bill ayers. pretty childish of you to start the name calling right away. can't you have a conversation without acting like a kid? now, do you know anything about bill ayers?