Obama: Boston attacks being investigated as 'act of terror'
April 16th, 2013
11:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Boston attacks being investigated as 'act of terror'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Boston bombings were a "heinous and cowardly act" that the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism.

"Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terrorism," Obama said, adding that it remained unclear who carried out the attack and why.

Obama said that "this is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities if you see something suspicious," telling Americans to "speak up."


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I rest my case. Happy now, CNN? Got your "T-word" soundbite to make you feel all warm and gooey inside? Your veritable green light for ramping up the bobbleheaded "analysis" that amounts to nothing more than speculation, conjecture and fabiraction designed to squeeze every last drop of alarm and emotional turmoil out of your viewers/readers? Got any more doozies for us today...any non-credible factoids from nameless, unvetted sources that you just can't wait to broadcast because you're afraid you might be scooped...something incendiary and salacious that you can say "oopsy, sorry, that's not right" later and pretend it was no big deal while the victims and their families and my city mourns?

    April 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. bill

    You're suspicious! Why didn't you say that 5 years ago before you were elected?

    April 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. bill

    Why didn't you warn us five years ago before you were elected?

    April 16, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Guest

    I see a democratic administration ignoring the consitution and wasting tax payers money, it looks very suspicous to me! I recommend full investigation and impeachment!

    April 16, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Grumpy2012

    I guess I can understand the President not wanting to label this a terrorist act.
    But give him credit, he finally did.
    And it only took him 19 hours and 27 minutes.

    April 16, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Name lynn

    The government letting them terroriest in the united states, open up stores, shops an whatever they want to set up an now the people is paying for what the goverment have done.

    April 16, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Tahir

    "Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terrorism,"
    Can we apply this to the US forces who bombed Iraq.

    April 16, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Darryl

    I had to see the comments on this and see if the goverment and the POTUS are going to be BLAMED for the bloodshed in Boston testerday. I was right !

    April 16, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Nsikan

    Now that he has said the T word, I can go to sleep!! Oh, not yet until the suspect has been identified to come from some region of the world – hurry, I want to sleep.

    April 16, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. history repeats

    I appreciate the fact that he gas not created an international incident or any other Marshall engagement in the last 19 hours and 27 minutes, grumpy.

    April 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    I suspect this to be domestic terrorism. Our foreign enemies are quick to claim responsibility when they attack us. That has yet to happen. Which leads me to believe this was homegrown.

    April 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. pcroddey

    Sorry or just the guns away from the American people not even your cops and secret services can keep use safe but please don't let use keep ourselves safe .

    April 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. NameSGJ

    Ok it's the terrorists. Now I want to you go after them at home and abroad. No peace lillies.

    April 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Laredo

    Hmm, now is the time to let the authorities know if we see something suspicious. Well, let's start from the top...Obama!

    April 16, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. merica

    If you don't like America go back to your own country... Simple as that

    April 16, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Milton K. Wiah

    It is stupid for the president to label any smock from anywhere a terrorist act without know the fact from
    Law Enforcements(CIA, FBI...). What about that blast could have come from gas pipe or fire cracker storage,
    the president could have looked stupid to make such a pronouncement at the time.

    April 16, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. rosethornne

    He said tare! He said tare!
    That proves he's conspiring with the fascist communist* tarists!

    *note to people who really think that way: communism and fascism are opposites.

    April 16, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What kind of person would do something so cowardly to attack civilians? If the person has a problem, write letters to newspapers and other media outlets describing the problem; hold protests with large signs. Killing people who are not invovled in your fight or problem shows you don't really have a problem and only want to kill people. If that is the case, I have a list for you of terrorists that have targeted civillians.

    April 16, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Pandamonius

    @pcroddey

    "Keep ourselves safe"? What are you going to do? Gun down a bomb in self defense?

    April 16, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Name

    Guess they may have to take a new look on the gun thing.they crazy people will always find away like pcroddy u take r guns but we cant protect r self.i mean obama and biden did say after all more gun laws will cut back major violence that has alot of casualties.

    April 16, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    President Sarah Palin would have easily prevented this incident with her powers. This country would be protected with the blessings of God. We need her in the White House in 2017.

    April 16, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. amber

    why do they let them kind of ppl in the usa.. They just come here to blow us all up. Come on dont let them out of courty ppl in are usa... Prays for them all..

    April 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    I suspect this to be domestic terrorism. Our foreign enemies are quick to claim responsibility when they attack us. That has yet to happen. Which leads me to believe this was homegrown.
    -------
    You just can't help yourself, can you? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE IF IT WAS FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC??? Do you think the scores of people who've lost body parts REALLY care whether someone from Columbus or Columbia blew off their leg? Seriously??? You're really being a piece of work, man.

    April 16, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Name

    anger and sadness at this symbolic attack on
    the american public. why? just a wild guess:
    an unemployed vet, gun nut, fundumenalist
    public "safety" officer, or pussed off college student. they might view marathon jock as self absorbed, over achievera and harbor jealouay. please study the tapes well.good luck and god speed.

    April 16, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Aondohemba

    This is a great security challenge 2 U. S .A toh

    April 16, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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