President Barack Obama's Speech after Boston Marathon Bombing
President Barack Obama's speech in response to Boston Marathon Bombing
everybody. Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the
events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as
it unfolds. And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to
help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around
the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.
The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle
and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in
the wake of this senseless loss.
We don’t yet have all the answers. But we do know that multiple people
have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.
I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security
Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and
I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on
days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united
in concern for our fellow citizens.
I’ve also spoken with Gov. Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear
that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims
and counsel the families. And above all, I made clear to them that all
Americans stand with the people of Boston.
Boston police, firefighters and first responders as well as the
National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a
reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single
day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult
circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly
and professionally to this tragedy.
We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to
conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to
the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they
did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the
full weight of justice.
Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that
celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American
city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a
day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly
competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely
confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move
forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with
them every single step of the way.
You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will
provide you briefings. We’re still in the investigation stage at this point.
But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold