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. bassman

    Pres. Obama lulled us into believing that if he toned down the rheroric towards terrorist they would go away. Mr Obama and his intelligence community know the threat from al-Qaeda affiliates, but have chosen to downplay it to the US public.
    Our media blamed former Pres. Bush for wild fires in the western states, and they even criticized the way he walked. That same media bought into Mr. Obama's policy. Now Americans are dead. And our media continues to cover up for this White House.

    April 20, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  2. mo coomer

    Maybe now that an immigrant has reeked havoc on Boston and cost the tax payers millions,congress will crack down on immigration reform

    April 20, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  3. Jack

    I agree wholeheartedly with Pres. Obama about that. We do refuse to be terrorized. With all the negative comments and vibes that have been going back-and-forth between gun control and anti-gun control people lately, maybe there is a small lesson to be learned here. I think we all want what the president is saying, freedom from being terrorized. Now we must work together to find solutions to make that happen without terrorizing each other. It's time to put away the "all or nothing" mentality on both sides. We must find common ground. Please people, let's all take a deep breath and try again.

    April 20, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  4. D45

    Funny Obama calls this terrorism, but can't call Benghazi or the shooting at Ft. Hood acts of terrorism....

    April 20, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  5. Mark kadenyo

    Thanks to Boston's law enforcers

    April 20, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  6. stoogenki

    This is OBVIOUS BS....How can the pres. stop this sort of activity from happening anywhere in this country? It is an impossible statement to make!

    April 20, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  7. Zablon

    All we need is peace and security. Thanks to the law enfocers that did the great job.

    April 20, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  8. stoogenki

    What is to prevent anyone from leaving a package anywhere in the country and it blowing up at some later time!

    April 20, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  9. nuclearmike

    "They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized."...but your boys at the FBI allowed this terror to happen it seems and our dead cannot feel any terror anymore...brave words after the fact, Mr. Presdient

    April 20, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. tdsd

    Unfortunately, America chosed to be terrorized.

    April 20, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. c

    Perhaps he can fly a bunch of Bostonians to D.C. on Air Force one and they can work on outlawing bombs!

    April 20, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  12. stoogenki

    Unfortunately this country is full of many people that came here with agendas to make it bad for US citizens that were born and raised here. This is going to be an ongoing problem in my opinion. I am one citizen who was born and lived my life in this country and love it, but there are those of us here now that should NOT be here. Unfortunately America has set its standards far lower (even though one of its core mantras is to accept most anyone to become a citizen), so we now have the dregs of humanity to put up with! These immigrants are the ones that will ultimately do harm to this country!

    April 20, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. bananaman

    So what exactly makes these guys terrorists? No demands were made, no responsibility claimed. This seems a lot more like mass murder at Newtown or Aurora, Colorado, than terrorism. This is just two guys who wanted to kill people, nothing more.

    April 20, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  14. G_Edwards

    Pres Obama, 2009: "I don't know the facts. The police acted stupidly."

    Pres Obama, 2013: "Boston police and state police and local police across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts responded with professionalism and bravery over five long days."

    An OJT President alwats learns over time.


    April 20, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  15. Jake

    those who carried out the "vicious attack" failed because Americans "refuse to be terrorized." Looks like someone is living in denial. Refuse to be terrorized? Too late Barrack...already happened

    April 20, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  16. Angel

    Obama handled that extremely well

    April 20, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  17. stoogenki

    And of course there are may US citizens, home-grown individuals...that can turn out to be terrorists as well as those who immigrate to this country! Additionally, many immigrants turn to be great us citizens!!!

    April 20, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  18. stoogenki

    And of course there are many US citizens, home-grown individuals...that can turn out to be terrorists as well as those who immigrate to this country! Additionally, many immigrants turn out to be great citizens!!!

    April 20, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. J R Brown

    Attn President Obama...
    Having perpetrated a terrorist bombing, it would be nonsensical to claim they had failed to terrorize us. They absolutely did...if only for a few days. And the victims of this incident will live with it the rest of their lives. So, while you talk about Americans will not be terrorized, the reality is that an entire populous major city was shut down for days. If even 10 crazies a year perpetrate similar attacks, we will live in a society ruled by terrorism so why don't you shut your pie hole and quit provoking would be terrorists with your "we will not be terrorized" bull because we absolutely could be.

    April 20, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. TSB8C

    "Refuse to be terrorized" – but then the government curtails many freedoms and institutes many "changes to our lifestyles" in response to such attacks. Go to the airport and watch small children cry as they are searched and man-handled and see if we aren't "terrorized". I'll bet no more purses, back backs or diaper bags will be allowed at the next marathon either.

    April 20, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. bill

    Glad we got them but its misleading to say we refused to be terrorized is misleading. those people on monday looked pretty terrorized to me!

    April 20, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. may40

    He was aware of the 26 year old having ties to jihad two years ago but of course, he was Islamic and he got a free pass. In the words of the dear leader... Obama: ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam’. Excellent, just perfect Mr President! But oh boy look out for those white, Christian or Tea Party members. You're losing your credibility Mr President. Each and every day!!!!

    April 20, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. hkirwin

    We need to allow more of these nuts in the country. Lets give them citizenship, feed and house them, and educate them with tax payer money. See how well that works.

    April 20, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. wks

    "He urged people not to "rush to judgment" about motivations or entire groups."
    They are/were Muslim and called what they were doing "jihad"......duh.

    April 20, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  25. LevinName

    "Refused to be terrorized"??

    Ha, we shut down the entire Boston metro area to catch a 19 yr old on the run.

    We kowtowed and obeyed the very tennent of terrorism. Our people have become sheep. Baaaaahhhh.

    April 20, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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