Obama receives more briefings on Boston manhunt
April 19th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama receives more briefings on Boston manhunt

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama was again briefed Friday by his top national security team as a massive manhunt unfolded for one of the suspected perpetrators in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The briefing concluded shortly after 4 p.m. ET, according to a White House official. He then called Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino "to express his condolences for the MIT police officer who was killed overnight," the official stated.

"The President said that the entire country is behind the people of Boston as well as Massachusetts, and that the full force of the Federal Government will continue to be made available until those responsible are brought to justice," the official said.

Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, briefed the president Friday afternoon in the Oval Office.

Earlier in the day, Obama met in the Situation Room with more officials, including Monaco, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller. It began at 9:45 a.m. ET and ended at 10:45 a.m. ET.

Other top officials present included Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan participated in the morning briefing by videoconference, the official said.

CNN identified Kerry, along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Director of National Intellegence James Clapper, entering the White House later Friday, though a White House official said they were attending a previously scheduled meeting of top national security officials that does not include the president.

Obama was briefed overnight by Monaco on the situation unfolding in Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts.

Napolitano, previously scheduled to testify at a Congressional hearing Friday, cancelled her appearance because of the ongoing situation in the Boston area.


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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Bring him to justice. DEAD OR ALIVE!

    April 19, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Just a thought

    He as a date with destiny. Time to pay for that crime.

    April 19, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Larry L

    It will be interesting to see what firearms the domestic terrorists used and how they were obtained. The Senators who blocked the background-check bill might check their hands... to see if the stain has appeared yet...

    April 19, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Larry L

    If we knew the last brother was hiding in an isolated location and knew that he planned to use his suicide vest on more innocent people would we take him out with a drone attack? What if the risk to police (and others) was too great if we were required to assault his location – or what if he escaped the country? Would we use a drone? What about it Rand? Would you needlessly lose lives just to kill him or would you authorize a drone strike? This is real Paul... what would you do?

    April 19, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Lars

    Larry,

    If they did not have a prior criminal record a background check would not have mattered. Fact is, they are criminals and probably stole the gun anyway.

    April 19, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The second guy is now in Connecticut...

    April 19, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. markus

    Lars,

    The older brother has been posting Al Qaeda videos on youtube. Perhaps things like THAT would've brought up a red flag on a background check.

    April 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The second guy is now in Connecticut...
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    Is he? It's hard to know what is truth anymore. CNN and FOX have soooo screwed up reporting on this from the beginning.

    April 19, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Kevin

    Larry L,

    Don't be another of the majority of idiots in this country! Bomb materials are already illegal and that didn't stop these fools from utilizing them. Another gun law would not have made a difference with this event and frankly won't solve the social evils that plague our times. More laws only restrict the natural born rights we receive at birth. All members of Congress should remember this everything they pass more laws 1000 page laws that do not really address the issues at hand.

    I urge all readers to use their brains and employ logical rationale.

    April 19, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. billmelater1

    I sure there was a lot of cursing because they where not white tea party members.

    April 19, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Just a thought

    Lars

    Larry,

    If they did not have a prior criminal record a background check would not have mattered. Fact is, they are criminals and probably stole the gun anyway

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    um Lars.....Having any information on how and when weapons were attained by a criminal helps in the investigation and the prosecution and eventual conviction. Also, not sure if the bill allowed for aliens to acquire weapons. If not, then your point is invalid. One this is for sure, you don't have much to offer this discussion.

    April 19, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Larry L

    If we knew the last brother was hiding in an isolated location and knew that he planned to use his suicide vest on more innocent people would we take him out with a drone attack? What if the risk to police (and others) was too great if we were required to assault his location – or what if he escaped the country? Would we use a drone? What about it Rand? Would you needlessly lose lives just to kill him or would you authorize a drone strike? This is real Paul... what would you do?
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    Larry – did you ever think about the innocent bystanders ("collateral damage") and how they would be affected by a drone strike? Drones aren't snipers, you know... they typically shoot off something akin to a hellfire missle, which is going to have a fairly sizeable radius of damage...

    April 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Rob

    Obama and his merry band of leftist tools must be supremely disappointed to learn the suspects do not fit their narrative.

    April 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Larry L

    @Lars

    Larry,

    If they did not have a prior criminal record a background check would not have mattered. Fact is, they are criminals and probably stole the gun anyway.
    ==========================
    The type of weapons and the method of obtaining them will be of interest to all sides of this issue. If they weren't citizens they may have had difficulty getting past a background check. We'll see...

    April 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Thomas

    I hope they take him alive .

    April 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Chris

    Updating Obama, sounds like he has no clue and certainly should not be credited with "solving" this manhunt just as he knew nothing about Bin Laden until it was ready to go down!

    April 19, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Thank goodness for President Obama and our law enforcement personnel!

    April 19, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Len

    Family came to US in 2002 or 2003. Citizenship in 2007. whose administration?

    April 19, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Just a thought

    Watch all the gun hugging paranoids come out with all types of antidotes from their trailer about how they believe "EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO A GUN" .....in 3.2.1

    April 19, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. just sayin

    so how smart was it of obama to come to boston when these two very dangerous people were still on the lose??? can you imagine if they decided to go out in a blaze of glory trying to get to him at that church? obama really needs to get over his camera addiction.

    April 19, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Rob: "Obama and his merry band of leftist tools must be supremely disappointed to learn the suspects do not fit their narrative."

    What "narrative"? From the get-go, they've not said anything about who or motive, waiting until the facts came in.

    Oh, my bad, you live in a universe of lies and speculation; you didn't understand a word I just wrote.

    April 19, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Just a thought

    The police have a tank. out after the 2nd suspect.....So what would the gun huggers recommend he do against that?

    April 19, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Homer

    I feel SO much better knowing that President Obama was briefed on the situation.....;)

    April 19, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. truth hurts but reality bites

    Massachusettts is one of the hardest places in the country to get a gun. This "cover at home" is more like "cower at home" and hope the police get there before this dangerous criminal. People need to understand it is YOUR responsibility to protect yourself and your family and that the police may not get there in time. So by all means, cower in fear Massachusetts because most of you have no way of protecting yourself thanks to your oppressive gun laws.

    April 19, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. oi vay

    Just a thought
    The police have a tank. out after the 2nd suspect.....So what would the gun huggers recommend he do against that?
    -–

    molotov cocktails have been the traditional response. but these guys look to be far better armed, bombs, grenades. it sure looks like all those laws against this stuff worked huh? i eagerly await the democrat response of outlawing pressure cookers.

    April 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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