Obama: 'We will find out who did this'

Monday, April 15, 2013 6:44 PM
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WASHINGTON — A stony-faced President Barack Obama declared that those responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon "will feel the full weight of justice," but he urged a nervous nation not to jump to conclusions. Top lawmakers declared the deadly incident an act of terrorism, and a White House official said it was being treated that way.

Obama, speaking from the White House late Monday, pointedly avoiding using the words "terror" or "terrorism," saying officials "still do not know who did this or why." However, a White House official later said the incident at the famous race was being treated as terrorism.

"We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this," Obama said in his brief statement. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice."

Authorities say at least two people were killed and more than 80 injured during two explosions near the finish of the marathon. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course.

The president said the government would increase security around the United States "as necessary," but he did not say whether his administration thought the incident was part of a larger plot.

Following a briefing with intelligence officials, Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said most urban areas in the country would be under high alert.

"We want to make sure this is not a pattern," Ruppersberger said, adding that people could expect to see greater security at public areas such as train stations, ports and baseball games.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters that she had been in contact with U.S. intelligence agencies and it was her understanding "that it's a terrorist incident." Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the officials reported no advance warning that "there was an attack on the way."

California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said it was a "terrorist attack" and "yet another stark reminder that we must remain vigilant in the face of continuing terrorist threats."

The White House said Obama refrained from publicly calling the attacks terrorism because it was early in the investigation and the perpetrators were unknown. But the official said any time there is an event with multiple explosions going off at the same time and aimed at hurting people, the administration considers that terrorism.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still underway and the official was not authorized to be quoted by name.

The president was briefed on the incident Monday by several senior administration officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. He also spoke with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and pledged to provide whatever federal support was needed.

Additionally, the president spoke with Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, saying that "on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats, we are Americans united in our concern for our fellow citizens."

The Secret Service quickly expanded its security perimeter at the White House. The agency shut down Pennsylvania Avenue and cordoned off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown, and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

The Federal Aviation Administration created a no-fly zone over the site of the two explosions and briefly ordered flights bound for Boston's Logan International Airport held on the ground at airports around the country.

Security for outbound international flights has been increased, federal law enforcement officials said. Numerous runners were expected to leave Boston after the race, and the additional security was added as a precaution, the officials said. Those officials requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

As authorities grappled to fill in the pieces of what happened, Obama said Boston and its "tough and resilient" residents would "pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city."

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carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/13 - 09:05 pm
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Sorta like Bengahzi?

Sorta like Bengahzi?

allhans
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allhans 04/15/13 - 10:37 pm
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Exactly, car...It won't be so

Exactly, car...It won't be so easy this time though. The media will be watching on this one...there is no looming election...

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carcraft 04/16/13 - 05:29 am
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I don't expect the press to follow anything

I don't expect the press to follow anything that would taint The Dear Leader or any of there favorite causes. You have Gosnel who probably killed hundreds of babies in his house of horrors abortion clinic, zip, zero nada from the lame stream media. You already have reporters speculating on if Palin or the TEA party was responsible. Nope nothing to see here move on. We had our "I will not rest..." ," I will see that they are brought to justice..." speaches from dear leader so thats all thats required...

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Little Lamb 04/16/13 - 08:00 am
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Ban

If he's true to form, Obama will need to form a commission headed by Joe Biden to come up with new legislation to do background checks on anyone seeking to buy bomb-making materials. Also, just ban bombs while you're at it, Joe. That'll work.

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lifelongresident 04/16/13 - 09:54 am
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if you notice obammy refused

Unpublished

if you notice obammy refused to call this a terrorist act(i guess he doesn't want to offend his muslim friends-i guess he will refer to this as a "recreational place violence" incident)...it most certainly was...this attempt was a terrorist act because the bombs were set up to inflict maximum damage on a lot of people regardless of the nationality of the individuals or group (chances are they will be muslim), just by it's makeup this is considered a terrorist attack like the lanza, holmes, loughtner shootings

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allhans 04/16/13 - 02:39 pm
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Obama said "I am sending MY

Obama said "I am sending MY men...".

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InChristLove 04/16/13 - 02:43 pm
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Well since Bush was blamed

Well since Bush was blamed for 9-11 I guess we can assume Obama needs to be credited for this one?

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KSL 04/16/13 - 04:35 pm
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ICL

Excellent point.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/16/13 - 04:51 pm
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Back to CarCraft

From the story:

"We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this," Obama said in his brief statement.

Has the Obama administration ever released an official declaration as to why the Benghazi attackers attacked the people in the consulate?

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fedex227 04/16/13 - 08:57 pm
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This is the time …

when incidents like these should bring Americans together to condemn those who would perpetrate such horrific acts - an attack against our fellow countrymen.

Those who want to take the low road and use this as an opportunity to condemn and make snide comments about those with whom they disagree politically, well, you’re perfectly free to do so. I prefer a united stance against violence and join liberals, conservatives, and other like-minded Americans who would do the same.

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faithson 04/16/13 - 09:24 pm
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am radio

listened to Rush until my gag reflex kicked in, about 5 minutes. Making fun of 'pressure cookers' must make all of you who support him 'Proud'.

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Darby 04/17/13 - 12:35 pm
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"Making fun of 'pressure cookers'

must make all of you who support him 'Proud'."

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Sorry, this is one hard core conservative who didn't have time to listen to Limbaugh today.

Like most of my ilk, I don't take marching orders from anyone, including the Great One, but do agree with most positions he takes.

Liberals always look for easy answers and shortcuts. Blaming Limbaugh for all the world's ills may work for you but that's as far as it goes.

Anyway, who "supports" Limbaugh? over the years, I've found that he supports my political philosophy, not I his.

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InChristLove 04/17/13 - 06:47 am
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fedex227, let me just

fedex227, let me just continue helping you pat yourself on the back there.......good, now that your head has properly been inflated with self pride, I do not believe you will find more dedicated Americans than some who post here on the AC. That being said, although we are sick and heartbroken about what has occurred in Boston and most are willing to support these victims in any way we can, DOES NOT mean that somehow we forget all that has happened in the past and that our criticism is because we are un-American.

Former President Bush has been degraded and even accused of being responsible for the horrendous act of 9-11 and President Obama has been praised to the point of puking on how he has kept the US safe. Well, this horrible act in Boston (not to mention a few other acts of terrorism in past years that everyone seems to forget) is proof that no President is God Almighty and likewise maybe it's time President Obama takes responsibility for present and pass acts of terrorism.

It isn't the low road we are taking but we've taken the blinders off so we can actually see the obstacles in the roadway.

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