Obama receives more briefings on Boston manhunt
April 19th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
1 year 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. cali gal

    Expect Obama to do the same as he did with the terrorist attack at Foot Hood, Benghazi and now this.....Obama will do NOTHING!!!! Anyone that thinks Obama cares about any of this is a FOOL!!!!!!

    April 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. rs

    Rob

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

    April 19, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. rs

    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?
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    Funny, I think Obama being in Boston, at that service was what we call "leadership" and bravery. Be honest, if he didn't go there you's whine about that.

    April 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. rs

    This "cover at home" is more like "cower at home"
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    Never mind that these suspects are using explosives. Never mind that what this situation doesn't need is more people in the streets with guns. You my firend are a kook!

    April 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Lauradet

    I wonder if Bush and Cheney will cry that their water boarding techniques helped lead to the the Boston bombers too?

    April 19, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Cat

    ThinkAgain

    Thank goodness for President Obama and our law enforcement personnel!
    ***********************************************************************************************

    Your comment is beyond disgusting!!!! Guess you've missed 'Fast and Furious', Foot Hood and Benghazi. Americans were murdered and Obama and his administration have done nothing, but put the blame on others. This empty suit has done nothing to make us any saver and before you throw out Osama Bin Laden keep in mind it was the Bush administration that made it possible to get Osama Bin Laden and it was our brave Navy Seals that finished it.

    April 19, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. thinking outside the box

    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.
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    Then why can't you use your brains and employ logical rationale to realize that, while laws will not completely prevent crimes from happening, when they do happen there is a law that they broke and can now be punished for. Your logic would dictate that there should be no laws since people are going to break them anyway. Murder is illegal but still happens. Would you suggest we get rid of that law? If you don't, then why is it OK to get rid of others?

    April 19, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Nick

    Here's hoping the little thug tries to break into the house of someone who takes pride in their Second Amendment rights and chooses to exercise those rights. Didn't Biden tell everyone to get a shotgun?

    April 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. ed

    Len

    Family came to US in 2002 or 2003. Citizenship in 2007. whose administration?
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    And this family lived here under what other administration and under what administration did this horrible crime take place? Let me give you some help here....the Obama administration.

    April 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Name lynn

    President obama is a great man an hes loves people of all colors, when the call upon the president he will answer. Obama is careful of what he saying on the news an media.

    April 19, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    You're gonna shoot someone with a bomb on his chest – in your home? Or at your door?

    Not too smart.

    April 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. mri

    Hope the jury sentences his to death and not to any prison term. Don't want him in prison with our tax dollars to pay for gis prison welfare. He has no right to live after he hurt so many innocent civilians. He needs to pay for the innocent lives he harmed.

    April 19, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Deb in MT

    I really hope the younger brother can be taken alive: by all accounts (high school friends, family) he was popular, kind & friendly, and I really really want to know how he became this mass murdering monster. I also want him to be questioned about any other people who might be involved or in the planning of future attacks (if he does indeed know anything). 'Suicide by cop' leaves too many unanswered questions.

    Then, he can be tried, convicted and executed.

    April 19, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. St Xavier

    This young person the fellow with the white cap on backwards knows full well he's going to get cough. I hope he is cough before he kills again. Reading an hearing about this fellow on TV an Internet I'm not sure he is a citizen of our country or not an it doesn't matter. He caused DEATH an DEATH he should get.

    April 19, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. buckeye

    Why do all the cops have assault weapons with high-capacity magazines? Those firearms are used only for mass murder! Are the cops trying to commit a mass murder?? They are only after one guy, why not just use a double-barreled shotgun like Biden recommended? Are the cops such bad shots that they need multiple 30-round magazines to hit just one guy? Where are Feinstein and Biden when you need them? They should be telling the cops that those rifles aren't needed!!

    April 19, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

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

    @ Fair is Fair

    I called for Enhanced Interrogation Techniques for the dipstick that was mailing the ricin letters.
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    What difference does it make? You got your panties in a bunch when the previous administration used "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" – which YOU at the time labelled "torture" – and yet, you advocate for it now? Why the double standard?

    April 19, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    buckeye

    Why do all the cops have assault weapons with high-capacity magazines? Those firearms are used only for mass murder! Are the cops trying to commit a mass murder??

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

    This is neither the time nor the forum to politicize. Your petty little tirade is ignorant and only serves to make you look pathetic and weak.

    April 19, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Malory Archer

    The tighty righties are just angry because the perpetrators have been ID'd, and one has already been dispatched – all without starting a war in some faraway land!
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    Correct.
    I would also add that the fact that they were not "dark-skinned" didn't help make their dday either. These so-called rightwing patriots woudl've rather that this drama had greater proportions, more fatalities, compromised national security, put us ALL at risk all so that they could get on this thread and gloat about how Obama cannot keep us safe like their self-induced delusion about Crawford Texas' Professional Vacationer and Village Idiot In-Chief – Dubya.
    That is all.

    April 19, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. truth hurts but realiy bites

    GI Joe
    You're gonna shoot someone with a bomb on his chest – in your home? Or at your door?
    Not too smart.
    -–

    Far better to open the door and let him in so you and your family can become his hostages and potentially die without a fight, but with complete cooperation, and the hope that he will spare your lives and the police don't kill you in the process of saving you. Yes, the correct decision is to gun him down in the door way while your family takes cover or leaves out the back door.

    April 19, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. just sayin

    no death penalty in liberal massachusetts. he'll live a long life in prison if captured, all at the tax payers expense, even the people he injured. welcome to liberal justice america.

    April 19, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    cali gal

    Expect Obama to do the same as he did with the terrorist attack at Foot Hood, Benghazi and now this.....Obama will do NOTHING!!!! Anyone that thinks Obama cares about any of this is a FOOL!!!!!!
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    I'd take your "doing nothing" every day of the week over what a Republican POTUS might do. In this case, they'd probably invade Chechnya. looking for WMDs.

    April 19, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    just sayin

    no death penalty in liberal massachusetts. he'll live a long life in prison if captured, all at the tax payers expense, even the people he injured. welcome to liberal justice america.
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    This is a federal crime – it trumps the jurisdiction. This crime carries capital punishment.

    I personally don't believe in capital punishment... it's times like these I ask myself why. But as long as the judicial system is imperfect, there should be no capital punishment, IMHO.

    April 19, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts but reality bites wrote:

    Far better to open the door and let him in so you and your family can become his hostages and potentially die without a fight, but with complete cooperation, and the hope that he will spare your lives and the police don't kill you in the process of saving you. Yes, the correct decision is to gun him down in the door way while your family takes cover or leaves out the back door.
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    Not unless you have a sally port for front door, complete with murder holes and people manning them, and always answer your door locked and loaded. you're delusional. They assailant would be inside your home the moment you opened the door. He'd rush it. By chance that you do answer your door always locked and loaded, you're insane.

    April 19, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    no death penalty in liberal massachusetts. he'll live a long life in prison if captured, all at the tax payers expense, even the people he injured. welcome to liberal justice america.

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

    Yeah, except this is a federal case so MA won't be making that call.

    April 19, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Hypocritical? Yep.

    Everyone that reads the news has been 'briefed'. obama knows as much and little as everyone else.

    April 19, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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