April 15th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden to Boston memorial: ‘Twisted’ terrorists won’t prevail

(CNN) - Honoring victims of last year’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the terrorists who carried out the act could never claim victory over America’s ideals.

“You will send a resounding message around the world - not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,” Biden told survivors of the 2013 attack, which left three people dead and scores more injured.

Biden said the very fact the survivors returned to mark the one-year anniversary of the bombing was evidence of their vast wells of courage.

“I know from some experience this is a bitter, bittersweet moment for all of you,” he said. Biden lost his first wife and daughter in a car crash when he was 29.

Anniversaries, he said, can bring “every memory back in sharp relief.”

“In a sense you almost would rather not have it happen,” he said. “But, as I said to you when we talked in the back of the auditorium, thank you for your courage. Thank you for your courage.”

The White House was planning to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombings with a moment of silence during a meeting of President Barack Obama’s senior advisers. In a written statement earlier Tuesday, Obama said his prayers were with survivors still working to recover.

The President praised first responders and others whose bravery came to define the day.

“We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength,” he wrote.

During his remarks, Biden said survivors of the terror attack served as proof of America’s resilience.

"You are living proof that America can never, never, never be defeated," he said. "You are the proof of that assertion. So much has been taken from you but you have never, ever given up."

Related: Poll: No partisan divide over Boston marathon investigation

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Donna

    “You will send a resounding message around the world – not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,”
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    "We will continue to lead from behind and apologize for all of our past transgressions that have caused these justifiable attacks. And if we do get attacked, well we will just call it workplace violence."

    There, the statement is now complete and accurate.

    April 15, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    “You will send a resounding message around the world – not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,”
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    This sounds like a message that could be directed towards the Tea Party and the teajadists trying to destroy our country from within.

    April 15, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    I punder does Biden really mean what he said ? And what is the motive for him being there ?

    April 15, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    Donna's usual myopic viewpoint on leading from behind proves how effective the brainwashing and hyperbole from FNC and the GOP is. Such as shame that so many American's aren't more intelligent.

    April 15, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    “You will send a resounding message around the world – not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,”
    -–

    "We will continue to lead from behind and apologize for all of our past transgressions that have caused these justifiable attacks. And if we do get attacked, well we will just call it workplace violence."

    There, the statement is now complete and accurate.
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    Yeah let's go back to Bush chasing imaginary terrorists into random sovereign countries and killing 1000's of US soldiers as a result. That'll show those imaginary terrorists!

    April 15, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Donna – Compared to republicans who think with their behind?

    April 15, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. rs

    "We will continue to lead from behind and apologize for all of our past transgressions that have caused these justifiable attacks. And if we do get attacked, well we will just call it workplace violence."
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    That's TEA Party thinking. The reality? This is what we get for allowing the NRA to set our gun laws- they want to make sure every single anti-American crackpot has the right to bear arms and commit both horrific crimes and terrorism in the U.S. – it's good for gun sales.

    April 15, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    @ Fair is Fair
    Tampa Tim

    My rate is higher than what Mittens pays.
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    Did you pay millions like "Mittens" did? If not, you have no arguement.

    April 15, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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    Oh, so you submitted a FOIA request to the IRS about Romney? Please tell us how you know how much Romney paid. You have a tendency to be an apologist for the GOP without citing credible sources. Your blather is quite boring as such. Have a nice day.
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    He released the last 2 years of tax returns during his presidential campaign. Those returns are in the public domain. Look for tham and you too shall have the information. Are those credible enough sources for you? If not, what additional information do you require? I'm sorry I bore you with facts. You too have a nice day!

    April 15, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    And in other news, another religious right winger went off his nut in Kansas and shot some folks...
    He was a good guy with a gun. Now he is a bad guy with a gun.

    April 15, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. cmml

    Biden gives us a tongue twister! Thanks for the value added Joe!

    April 15, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. smith

    @Tampa Tim-Whe Clinton took office the US debt was around 4 trillion when he left close to 6 trillion. That is an INCREASE!

    April 15, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. it must be said

    We will never cower.
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    Yeah well, while these two were on the lose a year ago, the Governor issued his cower in place order. You see, it is almost impossible to get a gun permit in Massachusetts thanks to the lefties running the state. So people had little choice but to cower and hope they weren't the next victim. It was a wonderful feeling knowing you couldn't protect yourself and your loved ones.

    April 15, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Donna

    Lefties in here complain about tax rates on investment income, that it is lower than the tax rate on wages and salaries. That is because that money drives our economy and the risk people take in investing it warrants a reduced tax rate, given all of the economic growth and jobs it creates. The reduced rate MORE than pays for itself. Increase that and watch the money flee and economic growth crash. Lefties in here are totally clueless, just like Obama. $20 says he never took an economic course or if he did, he failed it. Of course he refuses to release his college records so we will never know.

    Democrats and lefties won't be happy until they completely destroy our economy, just like they did with our healthcare system.

    April 15, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. TONE

    Fifteen years ago America led from in front what it got us, 5,000 troops dead, 30,000+ troops injured in two wars based on lies. It also got us an economy that was about to go over the cliff, but was rescued by the President, and dems no help from republikkklans.Now when all the cow boys came out of office the international community is with us so Donna what the heck are you talking about.

    April 15, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @Fair is Fair – He released the last 2 years of tax returns during his presidential campaign. Those returns are in the public domain. Look for tham and you too shall have the information.
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    Yup, 2010 and 2011 having refused to release the past 10 yrs like all other prior Presidential nominees – including Obama who released 2000-2008 prior to election. Most likely as they would have revealed that rates in prior years would have shown that he paid little, if any.

    April 15, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |