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Obama: Boston Marathon Bombings an “Act of Terror”

President Obama today clearly defined the bombings in Boston as an “act of terror,” saying the FBI was investigating the incident as such and suggesting that Americans should be watchful in the days ahead in case the attack is not over.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” Obama said during an appearance in the White House briefing room scheduled late this morning. “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”

Obama had resisted calling the bombings terrorism Monday, a cautious approach that put him behind the curve. But with today’s statement, Obama reassumed a leadership position and sought to rally and alert the country in the face of what is clearly a terrorist attack.

Consistent with an approach that considers the attacks terrorism, Obama said the government will provide regular briefings, promising the government will “remain vigilant” and urging citizens to report suspicious activity.

Nevertheless, Obama said it was unclear whether the acts were committed by an individual or group, what their grievance was, or whether they are domestically based or from overseas. “We’re at the beginning of our investigation,” he said.

Obama again vowed to apprehend whoever is behind the bombings.

“We will find out, we will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice,” he said.

The president lauded the courage of the people in Boston who responded to the attacks by aiding the victims, saying it shows Americans stand up to terror. “The American people refuse to be terrorized,” he said. “If you want to know who we are , what America is, how we respond to evil – that’s it: Selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”

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28 Responses to Obama: Boston Marathon Bombings an “Act of Terror”

  1. “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.” Fine and dandy. So why couldn’t he have said that yesterday? His handlers must have finally got through to him.

  2. Like a poker player with a tell Obama got up there and lied. You can always tell his usual cool speech turns to a bit of stammering,stuttering
    and hem hawing around a complete lack of conviction or leadership.
    He can’t even swallow the words he thinks we will believe as gospel.

  3. “But with today’s statement, Obama reassumed a leadership position and sought to rally and alert the country in the face of what is clearly a terrorist attack.”

    Oh, please. Reassumed a leadership position? Since when is this evil bas***d a leader?

    • Obama’s idea of a “Leadership Position” is himself posed as the “Squeal like a PIg!” hillbilly in Deliverance, and America as Ned Beatty in same.

      THAT’s how Obama likes to “lead us from behind”!

  4. “If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil – that’s it: Selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”

    That is sadly no longer an accurate description of America. Within moments after the blast, leftists started politicizing the tragedy. There was no social media like we have today on 9/11/01. We Americans had time to try to absorb the horror of that incident and grieve for the victims without being immediately assaulted by the accusations of evil people with an agenda.

    Yesterday on Twitter there were people who blamed gun owners because Sandy Hook families were in attendance. Another blamed the Republicans for not confirming an ATF director. Many blamed “right wing extremists” because it was tax day or Patriot Day. Oddly, the only group left off the list of blame was left wing extremists. That just tells me that if the person(s) responsible have any link to the right, we conservatives will all be persecuted for their evil act of terrorism. If the person(s) have any link to the left, it will be called a lone wolf operation and they will eventually be rewarded with a teaching position at Columbia University like the Weather Underground murderer, Kathy Boudin.

  5. It’s probably the work of Evangelical Christians. At least, that’s what they tell the Army…

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/04/08/army-reserve-training-material-evangelicals-catholics-are-extremist-groups/

    Of course, it might be the Army ITSELF doing stuff like this. Those returning vets are SO “terroristy”!

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/

    Thank the -um, er, whatever liberals worship that isn’t hate groupy, the uh, State? The Obama? Kinda the same thing. Anyway, thank the Obama that our pocket messiah in the White House had the sense to place Homeland Security über alle – I mean, above those spiteful, nasty soldiers and all those hateful religions!

    But look closely at the video! I think it shows George Bush lurking by the stands moments before the blast… [ALL SARC!]

    G_d bless those folks and their familes in their time of need. I hope and pray that they will find healing and solace in the difficult days to come.

    Unfortunately, The Angry Caliph will be using them as human props to, in some way, advance his personal power further and curtail American liberties more. The only questions are what, when, and how – not “if”. The truth of the matter will not be permitted to be known on this side of Paradise, other than that “truth” which Obama shares with Pilate – that of political expediency.

    Fasten your seatbelts, America. We’re in for a bumpy ride…

    • Yes, it’s only going to get worse but I don’t know why everyone is so shocked by this bombing as though it such a surprise. Liberals and Obama have done everything possible to weaken our nation. They’ve done everything to lower the worlds opinion of us and to push for a lack of respect. What we see today is a result of our weakened state so what else do you expect? It’s becoming more and more common place. I don’t feel sorry about any of this. I feel sad.

  6. The AP is saying that the bombs were housed in pressure cookers within backpacks. Pressure cookers sound American, but the article goes on to say that pressure cooker bombs have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

    • Yes Megyn was just talking about the widespread use of pressure
      cookers in different countries. Love it when the media the AP
      especially just puts out those factless statements.

        • I use one for canning. The most dangerous material it has ever contained was Mason jars filled with fruit or vegetables. No doubt our government will try to find a way to regulate the sale of pressure cookers in the name of national safety. Why is it that all Americans must be punished for the evil acts of a few?

  7. barry is calling it an act of terrorism because he’s going to blame some anti-government tea partier. In that instance, he’ll call it terrorism. All the other acts of terror we’ve experienced since he’s been potus have been labeled anything but.

  8. The administration is beginning to feed us tidbits and are telegraphing how they want this thing to play out. I just heard they don’t believe it’s the fault of any “foreign” terrorist including al qaeda.

  9. For all the victims, gee thanks. Read your life and health insurance policies, as well as renters or homeowners policies, and you find waivers for acts of war or terrorism. By declaring it an act of terrorism, the prez just screwed the survivors of the dead and may stick 180 people with the hospital bill.

    We really need a finer definition of an act of terror versus murder. By the way, when looking for motive why is no one paying attention that yesterday was Israeli Independence Day?

    Barkleypontree.blogspot.com

  10. On Politico there’s an article talking about how Obama has ‘leearned to talk about terrorist attacks’.

    Learned?

    Nice to know that 5 years was just his schooling. Maybe in an other 5 he’ll actually be qualified to be president.