At 6:10 p.m. EST on April 15, President Barack Obama made an official statement regarding today’s horrific bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. His tone was solemn for those who had lost their lives and stern for those about to be brought to justice for the horror they inflicted on dozens of innocent people.
"Today is a holiday in Massachusetts, Patriot's Day,” The president said. “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."
Along with this uplifting statement of hope for the city physically and emotionally shaken by the day’s tragic events came direct reports of the aftermath. President Obama made it very clear that he has ordered the “full resources” of the federal government to respond in the wake of the “senseless” attack to flesh out the facts and hunt down the answers to the two most prominent questions on our minds today: Who and why?
Although there is plenty of speculation and jumping to conclusions, President Obama clarified, "We still do not know who did this or why. 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,” adding that those brought forward for their crimes will "feel the full weight of justice."
One of the stronger statements in President Obama’s short speech resonated deeply within us all: “On days like this,” Obama said, “there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united and concerned for our fellow citizens.”
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