Obama says spirit of Boston 'undaunted'
April 18th, 2013
12:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama says spirit of Boston 'undaunted'

Boston (CNN) – President Barack Obama said whoever is behind the Boston Marathon bombings will be caught.

"Yes, we will find you. And yes, you will face justice," Obama said at an interfaith service commemorating the victims. "We will find you. We will hold you accountable. But more than that, our fidelity to our way of life ... will only grow stronger, for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but one of power and love and self-discipline."

Boston's resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, Obama said.

"If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values ... who make us who we are as Americans, it should be clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it (in). Not here in Boston."

The president said he came with a message on behalf of all Americans: "Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. Every one of us stands with you, because after all, it's our beloved city, too. Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too."


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  1. Rhonda

    WHY ISNT ANY NEWS AGENCIES TALKING ABOUT THIS!!!??
    Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ May Be Deported on ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed to Be Framed

    April 18, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Very inspirational speech. The race must go on!

    April 18, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. words are cheap

    did he give an update on that search for the benghazi murders? or was he looking for more props to parade around for another political attack on our rights? i just wish he spent as much time in the whitehouse working on our problems as he does parading around the country for events of every kind.

    April 18, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Nobody does it better.

    April 18, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. ST

    I could not stop my tears when the young ones were mentioned of whom their lives were terminated in a really brutal way. When is this going to stop? I can't understand if they are caught, they will go all these lengthy crazy procedure and be judged, while with them their judgement to others by doing nothing wrong, was a matter of few minutes!

    April 18, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. just sayin

    Sniffit - Nobody does it better.
    -–

    give speeches? yes. lead, govern, get things done? not so much.

    April 18, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Rhonda

    WHY ISNT ANY NEWS AGENCIES TALKING ABOUT THIS!!!??
    Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ May Be Deported on ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed to Be Framed

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Obviously SOMEBODY'S talking about it or you wouldn't have heard about it. Where did you hear about it, BTW?

    April 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Rhonda CAN'T give a source. Rumors and propaganda are secret sources.

    April 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. just askin

    Rhonda
    WHY ISNT ANY NEWS AGENCIES TALKING ABOUT THIS!!!??
    Saudi National Once Considered ‘Person of Interest’ May Be Deported on ‘Security’ Grounds — And How It’s Supposed to Be Framed
    --–

    what's the big deal??? they are probably just one of those 20 million illegal aliens in the country that the democrats want to give free citizenship to. one thing is for sure, it is not one of obama's family that is here in this country illegally.

    April 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. freedom

    How can he talk about rising up from destruction, when his agenda is destroying America as we know it? We will survive – for sure – and it will be inspite of you, Mr. President. And of course, he had to bring himself and his wife into the equation, talking about his past in Boston. This isn't about you!!! God help all those suffering in Boston right now.

    April 18, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    Sniffit – Nobody does it better.
    -–

    lead, govern, get things done? not so much.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I know, right? He should just run roughshod over the obstructionists on the right, all the while shouting "if you're not with me you're agin' the troops" while his supporters scream that anyone who says anything negative about him should be shot for treason – you know – follow the same playbook used by the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his cheerleaders and instigators on reichwing radio.

    April 18, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    I liked it when the holy man said if you have money, share it with those less fortunate (as MR sat there thinking about his hundreds of millions and how to shelter them from taxes).

    April 18, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. PJ

    What a depressing day this is. So much heartbreak and sadness. But, we have a President that can inspire
    us, and one who works very hard, every day, to do the right thing for America's people. I will never
    understand the continuing drumbeat of hate from some of these commenters.
    They are so foolish. They think their "right to carry firearms" has been saved. They don't see the fact
    that they have, once again, been hoodwinked by lies and greed.
    We are now being dictated to by the NRA and those who take their money.
    The selective "outrages" that come from some of these people is nothing short of disgusting.
    So, here we are again, crying and grieving for the damage done to our citizens, trying to 'pull it together',
    yet some still just can't find a decent thing to say. Depressing day, indeed.

    April 18, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Scott

    No Brownies point for OBama, quit trying to make us believe you care.

    April 18, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    Obama i hope you all find who done this, its sad that people sets bombs in race for a cause. Whoever done it they new an plan its well its sooo sad for the people an their families. we praying for them.

    April 18, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. jojo

    Saudi national is suspect and to be deported by the Obama administration. This is treasonous and they should be held accountable.

    April 18, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |