On a call about guns, Biden reacts to Boston explosions
April 15th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

On a call about guns, Biden reacts to Boston explosions

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call about legislation to combat gun violence Monday when he heard about the apparent bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"As I'm speaking here, they just turned on the television in my office and apparently there has been a bombing– I don't know any of the details of what caused it, who did it–I don't think it exists yet but our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injuries," he said. "I don't know how many of them there are. I'm looking at it on television now."

Meanwhile, a White House official said the president has been notified of the explosions.

"His administration is in contact with state and local authorities. He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response," the official said.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Rick In Boston

    It is entirely inappropriate to be making jokes right now and about this.

    True Justice, Go spew your empty rhetoric somewhere else.

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. AU Mom

    You geniuses did not catch that he was ALREADY ON A CONFERENCE CALL WITH THE MEDIA. Get over yourself.

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. joe

    How does he already know it was a bomb, and not just an explosion caused by anything other than a bomb?? Probably North Korea, now lets go get them WMDs!!!

    April 15, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. John H

    true justice, you are an idiot. They said right in the article he that he was already speaking to the media when this occurred which prompted an impromptu comment. It wasn't that Biden was specifically tasked by the administration to speak first.

    April 15, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    @Anonymous Maybe we should legalise Explosive Devices then ?

    April 15, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    So glad Biden/Obama on the job

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Norm

    Doesn't matter what happens you're always going to find some malcontent here posting their Fox News propaganda and racist agenda about our president.

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. GO GOP

    Yea! All dem liberals and sodomites!! wheeew hoo white power!!! Its Obama's fault. Please everyone, vote GOP so as we can purge our once great society of people different from us. White is right. F the poor. Pass me a PBR and lets get on them there nascar

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. indianriver

    It's a diversion...

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. raenanda

    Couldn't be a bomb – those are hard to aim.

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Wildman

    I'm sure the NRA will somehow be implicated by our 'leaders'.

    April 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. MTB

    I feel better.....now that fumbling Joe Biden has spoken...

    April 15, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. vad

    If I were a betting man I would say they are going to try to pin this on right wing pro gun people in some way or another,

    April 15, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. adamws54

    Can't even leave the politics out of it for an hour? God, some of you are terrible. Show a little respect to the victims before you carry on with your Obama-bashing, won't you?

    April 15, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. me

    Should this country ever meet it's end it will be thanks to the type of people who, rather than coming together, choose to through their political jabs around... whether your are on the right or the left, they both are a part of this country that we all care about, so grow up just enough to care about the country rather than your selfishness... it would be great to see people care about the country, rather than care only for themselves... I wish the best for those in Boston and the families affected.

    April 15, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. ellid

    We have no idea who or what is behind this yet. It could be Middle Eastern terrorists, but given that there have been at least two right-wing terrorist plots unmasked in the Boston area in recent years, it's just as like that this was someone like Eric Robert Rudolph, the anti-abortion activist who blew up the Atlanta Olympics back in '96. It is FAR too early to make statements like "True Justice" made about Gitmo. Shame on him.

    Either way

    April 15, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. fjc

    @true justice and Anonymous and the rest of you trolls. Give it a break, there are dead and injured. Try some humanity for once.

    April 15, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Adam

    Yup – explosive devices are banned – which is why there are many less deaths caused by them then by guns.

    April 15, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. theINDEPENDENTone

    Excuse me its just an explosion. OBAMA, The President has more important things to do. He has Michelle's 50th birthday to play. Honestly you expect him to do everything and in the words of Hillary Clinton... "WHO CARES !!"

    April 15, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Cindi

    Another sad day. Perhaps now changes will be made to make sure this never happens again.

    April 15, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Badly-Bent

    Two? Come on, we know who would do that. They're at it again.

    April 15, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. spock500

    CNN would be wise and decent to disable this comments section out of respect for the killed and injured and their families and for just human decency in general.

    April 15, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Rooster Cogburn

    Ban bombs Biden...

    April 15, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. jon

    Maybe if we start registering bombs this would have been prevented.

    April 15, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. doug

    @truejustice
    Im sure our "President" will find away to blame Americans for this. Why is Biden speaking anyways? Shouldn't he be walking the Presidents dog or something?

    April 15, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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