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President Obama on Boston Marathon Bombings: “American People Refuse to Be Terrorized”

April 16th, 2013 at 9:26 AM
By Rebecca Pierce

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In an 11:30 AM ET press conference on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke harrowing and reassuring words regarding Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

"Given what we now know about what took place," Obama said in his brief statement, "the FBI is treating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terror."

Analysts took notice on Monday when the President did not use the word "terror." The Commander in Chief went on to say:

"What we don't yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was it an act of a malevolent individual… But we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice."

This statement of confidence and courage is consistent with the White House's message on Monday. The U.S. President, calling Bostonians that helped victims "proud and heroic" and making it known that Americans will be with them every step, set the tone for Americans and authorities moving forward in the attack investigation.

Massachusetts governor, Davel Patrick, also made a statement Tuesday morning. Patrick was also clear in his statement that there were "…two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday… [there were] no unexploded bombs." This contradicted earlier information that there were two other devices found and controlled.

"Marathon Monday" is held on Patriot's Day each year in Boston, and is a family event looked forward to by Bostonians and runners all over the world. There were 100 countries represented in the 27,000 runners for the 2013 Boston Marathon, and no one expected the day of celebration to be marred by terrorist attacks. Two bombs went off about 12 seconds apart around 2:50 PM near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, about two hours after the first of the runners completed the 26.2 mile race.

With the death toll at 3 and the injury toll at 176 as of Tuesday morning, authorities are working hard to solve the mystery of who would commit such a "heinous and cowardly" crime. An 8-year old boy is among the dead and 17 of those injured are in critical condition.

The tragedy at the Boston Marathon is one that Americans will remember for years to come. But as our country's President said this morning, "American people refuse to be terrorized." The stories of love and generosity and quick response for the victims of this horrible act of terrorism continue to propel us forward and bring Americans together as we learn more each hour.

Update 12:20 PM ET: An FBI source has said that one of the bombs that went off near the Boston Marathon finish line was inside a pressure cooker that was placed in a backpack.


Tags: Barack Obama, bombings, Boston Marathon, London, London 2012, Olympics, Summer Olympics, tragedy

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