April 19th, 2013
11:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama says capture closes key chapter in bombing tragedy

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt on Friday night that "we've closed an important chapter in this tragedy," adding that those who carried out the "vicious attack" failed because Americans "refuse to be terrorized."

Speaking at the White House, Obama praised the work of law enforcement after they captured the second of two suspects following a daylong search, and pledged continued federal law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence resources to the ongoing investigation.

Obama maintained "whatever hateful agenda" may have been behind the attack that killed three people and injured 180 others on Monday in two blasts near the finish line of the storied road race "will not and cannot prevail."

The president said there remained many unanswered questions and cautioned against jumping to conclusions as the investigation continues.

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He urged people not to "rush to judgment" about motivations or entire groups.

Obama expressed gratitude for local, state and federal law enforcement efforts and praised the city and the nation in the face of an attack being investigated as a terrorist act. He noted that it did not ultimately succeed.

"They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated," Obama said. "They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized."

An Obama administration official said the president heard that suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, had been taken into custody just outside Boston in Watertown from staff and media reports. FBI Director Mueller called him to brief on details, the official said.

The other suspect, a man identified as his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died early on Friday following a shootout with police, officials said.

- CNN's Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. kimo

    Note that three times he referred to the killings and maimings as a "tragedy" before he finally referred to it as an act of terror. Not once were the words "islamic extremist" or "muslim" mentioned. The brothers Chenchen connections/beliefs are rooted in islamic ideology, and that our president refuses to acknowledge (or say the name) islamic terrorism.

    April 20, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  2. The Elephant in the Room

    UNDER obama, the bad guys don`t usually do so well. They tend to get their`s and without any supension of due-process. Let`s not forget, beyond bin laden, the top 100 of al Queda have been eliminated under President #44. I have no doubt that a drone strike is coming in Libya to get the perps behind the loss of life at our consulate. Quiet competence . . . we Americans could get use to this.

    April 20, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  3. Matt

    "refuse to be terrorized."

    He forgot to add the one last part to that "Unless it is by our own government."

    April 20, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. DaveB

    Well yeah... terrorizing for those at the scene though

    April 20, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  5. John Tucker

    "They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated," Obama said. "They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized."

    We were utterly terrorized. We drastically altered our routines and operating procedures and limited our liberties in response to the threat.

    April 20, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  6. alpacino2012

    I love your speach Mr Obama, all the Security Men that Help to Catch these i love your work too.

    April 20, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  7. jude oges

    the mum needs to be investigated about these whole thing...

    April 20, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. Just Glad

    I am just glad we don't have to invade the Ukraine to find wmd and the Boston terrorists.

    April 20, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  9. Steven

    Obama: We refused to be terrorized.. Yet many were – and many lives will never be the same.
    U.S. citizens live in a condition of constant siege mentality and this is why even a simple change
    in gun laws in the U.S. hits roadblocks, as Americans identify with a need for greater and greater
    personal security which they don't get from their own government and community,

    April 20, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  10. Brockton

    Obama "We refuse to be terrorized." LOL

    HELLO, We just gave 2 terrorists US citizenship.

    Who knows how many more.

    April 20, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  11. Joe

    While people can make explosives from things lying around the house, you will never be free from this kind of terrorism. Sorry to bust your bubble Barry, but acts like this are going to continue and there's realistically nothing that can be done about it.

    April 20, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  12. Sean

    The US government terrorizes people on a daily basis Mr. Obama, what happened in Boston was a tragedy, but it is nothing compared to the devastation the U.S. has wrought on other nations.

    April 20, 2013 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  13. dustin

    Obama should be congradulating the homeowner that found the terrorist. Over 2000 cops and they only search a 20 block area??? They should have searched a 200 mile area if thats what it takes to get there man/women. Were not talking about a drug dealer. He was a mass terrorist murderer!!!. 20 blocks away and you guys didnt see him using thermal imaging? That is before the homeowner/hero found him in his boat. Cops got the 1st guy but that homeowner got the 2nd guy and the presidant should personally thank him and pay him the 50k reward for information leading to the arrest. All in all great job to everyone but give all credit that is due.

    April 20, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  14. Overmann

    "...refuse to be terrorized."

    Yeah? Well, we haven't thrown the TSA out on the street yet, so I guess that's not entirely true.

    April 20, 2013 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  15. Teamski

    As much as we can rightfully complain about how stupid and shallow us Americans can be there is no doubt that when we are attacked, we become far more united with resolve unmatched anywhere in the world. That is no BS. Now, once the crisis is over, well, that is another thing altogether.

    April 20, 2013 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  16. Mark

    That line of refuse to be terrorized is amusing considering that everyone in Boston was terrorized for the last few days.

    April 20, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  17. Welishe Ronald UGANDA

    Those terrorist they must be judged as the is concerned.

    April 20, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  18. Isaythis

    Good work

    April 20, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  19. col. us army

    Now we know how they feel and live in another land, that I cant mention..?

    April 20, 2013 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  20. Harleigh Kiffer

    Now he can continue his fund raising and neglect of the nation.

    April 20, 2013 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  21. B

    To the government Americans protesting are terrorists

    April 20, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  22. gager

    "...Americans "refuse to be terrorized.""
    Makes no sense. Has anyone taken a trip on an airline lately.

    April 20, 2013 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  23. Jake Luttrell

    "Don't rush to judgement about motivations or entire groups." Because if there's anything this country needs it's a lot more muslims.

    April 20, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  24. sheldon

    its sad to see what has happen in boston from trinidad

    April 20, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  25. bl

    These guys are radical muslims. They hate us infidels. That is why they did it.

    April 20, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
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