Obama, Republicans stand with Boston
April 20th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Obama, Republicans stand with Boston

(CNN) – President Barack Obama united with Republicans on Saturday in condemning the violence that took place in Boston and praised the valor that ensued.

The president met with his National Security Council including top counter-terrorism officials and investigators.

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The President commended the work that was done to pursue justice in the Boston Marathon bombing, and underscored the need to continue gathering intelligence to answer the remaining questions about this terrorist attack going forward," the White House said in a statement, adding that Obama "expressed appreciation for the efforts made by state and local officials, and law enforcement, in Boston and Massachusetts."

Earlier in his weekly address, Obama argued the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, which he described as an "act of terror," will not be remembered for the damage it caused, but the "stories of heroism and kindness."

"The world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized," he said.

More: Obama says capture closes key chapter in bombing tragedy

A massive manhunt for the suspects ended in suspense Friday night after police took into custody the second suspect, nearly 24 hours after the first suspect died following a shootout with police.

The weekly addresses were recorded before the arrest, but Obama spoke to reporters at the White House late Friday after the arrest.

Obama praised first responders who converged on the blast scene to aid victims and then carried out a days-long search for the individuals respponsible for the bombing.

He pointed to volunteer efforts by marathon runners who donated blood and the "determined" doctors who tended to the wounded.

"If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that's it. Selflessly. Compassionately," he said. "And unafraid."

His comments came two days after he traveled to Boston to offer a message of resilience and inspiration at an interfaith service in honor of the victims.

In the GOP's weekly address, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina also praised first responders and others who rose to aid victims and search for the suspects.

"While the perpetrators of this act of terror hoped that they could shake the confidence of a city, they have instead only strengthened the resolve of our nation," he said.

Scott cautioned those who would consider attacking the United States in the future that "there is no corner on Earth, no hiding place in America that will keep us from finding you."

"The leaders of this country will do everything in our power to bring justice for the families and the communities impacted," he said. "Our freedom is our most precious possession-any effort to take it away will only strengthen our determination."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Reddog

    Perhaps now finely we will see some meaningful legislation banning pressure cookers (or at least requiring background checks of anyone wishing to possess one) receive bipartisan support.

    April 20, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Phaerisee

    I have a feeling a ticket for the next Yanks/Sox game is going to be pretty difficult to find!

    April 20, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. The Elephant in the Room

    I FIND IT TELLING THAT THE AUTHORE USED THE PHRASE . . . " President Obama unites with Republicans" .

    Really? First of all the deference goes to the President; not the Republicans. They are the ones "uniting" with his leadership mantle in a poor attempt to elevate themselves to his level; to his stature.

    Whether Democrat or Republican Congress IS NOT the equal of the President. I for one think the never ending barrage of competing rebuttal [or "pre-buttal" or "post-buttal"] addresses needs to stop. Furthermore, if any GOP`er were to comment basic protocal would be to have a local Republican comment instead of the new black senator from South Carolina. Then again, the radical GOP has run all the RINOs out of New England so I guess they have no one who could speak credibly.

    April 20, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    This is looking more and more like Obama's 9/11. Warning signs ignored or not followed up by the FBI? The mother says the FBI has been talking to them for 3-5 years?? A foreign government warning us about them??? Just what the heck does it take to get the attention of the FBI anyways?! The Obama administration and their sycophants in the LSM are not going to be able to ignore and cover this up like they did Benghazi. This was an attack on the homeland by people we had been warned about.

    Some heads need to roll at the FBI.

    April 20, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. just sayin

    just another case of marathon race violence... happens all the time. nothing to see here. move along.

    April 20, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. PJ

    If the "truth hurts" and "reality bites", you must have a multitude of wounds. Instead of your constant drumbeat
    of hate, why don't you at least take some time off and give kudos to the very exhausted, but capable
    works of the Intelligence and police communities.
    They had help from the American public that is valuable beyond compare, but they never wavered in their
    determination to find these terrorists, and in the end, they did the dirty work.
    Just "what the heck" does it take for you to say "thankyou for a job well done"?

    April 20, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Pete

    I wonder what stratigist conjured this phrase up and who's propping up who...Pres.Obama is riding a polls high and republicans well their heads are somewhere above drowning that's all as a party ..Republicans are going down big at midterms and they ignorently know it but still obstruct against anything benefitting Americans and even with a gun bill that was going to be tight vote wise yah think they'd vote with the presidents collegues to get it done ,but I'm sorry I thought different thinking they the republicans have feelings when in fact they have none!!

    April 20, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    Ding Dong. I think the witch IS DEAD. I can`t tell you how refreshing it is to NOT hear Sarah palin asked for, or chiming in, her vapid word salad opinion on the bombing in Boston, the ricin letters, the fertilizer plant explosion, the muderous justice-of-the-peace in Texas, NOTHING. Hallelujah!

    April 20, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. anonymous

    FBI aware of and interviewed the older brother only a few years ago, and CLEARED HIM. Never did a follow up? Why were other countries worried about him yet we were not? Then they need the public to identify these guys? Shouldn't the FBI have ARRIVED in Boston with this guy on a list of likely suspects? AND had a picture of him? And even gone to interview him in the first day or two? Why am getting a real uneasy feeling about the level of competence at the FBI???

    Just like 9/11, another one slips through our law enforcements hands to bring death, injury to hundreds and terrorism to millions.

    April 20, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Getoverit

    "Pres.Obama is riding a polls high"
    Which polls are you looking at. The sampling of 1,000 Obama voters?

    April 20, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    The president an republicans standing with boston, thats great. What is going to happen next, this bomber is up to something we dont know.

    April 20, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. rs

    Americans stand with Boston. This should never, ever be a partisan call.

    April 20, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Name

    We are belived that obama are not strongest but he still weak hia presdient obama

    April 20, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. g

    a guy and a phone call -caught this guy-not a guy with a gun

    April 20, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |