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Obama: “The spirit of this country shall remain undimmed”

President Obama today offered beautiful tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and to the city where the attack took place, eloquently expressing the grief, the prayers and the strength of a nation in mourning while vowing justice for those who killed and maimed.

A few excerpts from the speech, delivered early this afternoon at an interfaith service in Boston:

It was a beautiful day to be in Boston — a day that explains why a poet once wrote that this town is not just a capital, not just a place. Boston, he said, “is the perfect state of grace.” (Applause.)

And then, in an instant, the day’s beauty was shattered. A celebration became a tragedy. And so we come together to pray, and mourn, and measure our loss. But we also come together today to reclaim that state of grace — to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted, and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed . . .

Our prayers are with the injured -— so many wounded, some gravely.  From their beds, some are surely watching us gather here today.  And if you are, know this:  As you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you.  Your commonwealth is with you.  Your country is with you.  We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again.  Of that I have no doubt.  You will run again.  (Applause.)  You will run again. (Applause.) Because that’s what the people of Boston are made of.  Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act . . .

Yes, we will find you.  And, yes, you will face justice.  (Applause.)  We will find you. We will hold you accountable.  But more than that; our fidelity to our way of life — to our free and open society — will only grow stronger.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but one of power and love and self-discipline . . .

That’s why a bomb can’t beat us.  That’s why we don’t hunker down.  That’s why we don’t cower in fear.  We carry on.  We race. We strive.  We build, and we work, and we love — and we raise our kids to do the same.  And we come together to celebrate life, and to walk our cities, and to cheer for our teams.  When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans — (laughter) — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street.  (Applause.)

And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon.  (Applause.)  Bet on it.  (Applause.)

What a difference from yesterday’s diatribe. If only he could be president like this every day.

Here’s a video of the remarks:

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47 Responses to Obama: “The spirit of this country shall remain undimmed”

  1. This is the difference between real, off-the-cuff Obama (yesterday), and the slick, teleprompter-reading character he likes to play (today). He does have some good speechwriters.

  2. Today, he spoke the words written by others.
    Yesterday, we heard the real Barack Obama.

    He once again referred to the terrorist bombing as a “tragedy”. A tragedy is an unfortunate accident, a unexpected illness; the setting of bombs on American soil is an outrage and an act of war. The outrage happened in the city of Boston, but it affected all of America.
    A pretty speech with all the right words doesn’t change the fact that we are at war with a shadowy enemy who lives among us.

    • Exactly, srdem. O’Reilly and Krauthammer made that point the other night. This is a crime no matter who committed it. Let’s call things by their names. A tragedy is something accidential, unlucky, serendipitous, Krauthammer said.

    • srdem65,
      Your posting speaks volumes.

      “Seek and destroy the enemy, even if it is within.”
      I say it and I’m sure other patriots have said same before.

  3. It’s hard to take these sorts of speeches seriously when yesterday he basically called me a liar and a fool and party to the murder of children.

  4. I truly want to give this man a chance to inspire me, but I heard the same speech at the Benghazi memorial, only without the pep rally aspect.

    This speech was not from the heart, only words he had to read with the appropriate cues to raise his voice, punch a few lines to get applause or get people on their feet. I see a mega-church in his future :)

  5. We all have to go through the motions, not just Obama. The WSJ ticked me off with an article this morning stating that Obama has taken charge. He most certainly has not. If you think the American Presidency is all about being ceremonial and eloquent, then he’s your man. In the matter of achieving results, he is not.

    I’d like to hear more about the stories going about that Obama was visited by a high ranking Saudi official yesterday and that now the person originally questioned in Boston is going to be deported quickly. If he has been completely cleared, why?

  6. The distinction between tragedy and murder and terror is important and should be kept at the forefront despite efforts, conscious or unconscious, to the contrary. And while there is a great deal of sorrow and mourning at the senseless deaths of all those killed and injured at Sandy Hook and Boston, let the nation not forget the horrible explosion in West, Tx and the loss and suffering and heroism there as well. http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Explosion-Injuries-Reported-At-West-Fertilizer-Plant-203505331.html

    Also there was a great tweet from the Boston EMS to the West Tx EMS and a grateful tweet back from Perry. It should still be up somewhere on Twitchy.com for those of you who don’t use Twitter. Like me:)

    God bless this country.

  7. I thought all the applause, standing ovation and Obama’s screeching speech sounded more like a campaign pep rally than the tribute it should have been.

    • you have to remember AZ, metro Boston is so blue the harbor water looks pale next to it (and I remember when the harbor was so brown you could almost walk on it)

    • He began with his standard “Hello, Boston!” (rather than his other standard “It’s great to be back in insert-name-of-city-here”), then lowered the temperature until it was time to prep his peeps for the final standing ovation.

      Interesting that one of the religious leaders on the stage, while referring to the mayor of Boston (whose name alone got an ovation when mentioned by Deval Patrick) as “humanitarian”, referred to President Obama as “courageous”. Sadly, I think the White House may have suggested this choice of words.

    • I agree. To me ,the speech sounded more like a sports pep rally or a campaign stump speech than a spech designed to comfort people. and unite the nation He mentioned immigration but not our comon civic bond. In that respect the Governor’s speech was better (and of course did not laud himself).

  8. Have Cavuto on FBN while I work (multi task !), waiting for FB presser. I dunno’. Maybe because the Boston bombing was so public, and so well recorded. But something seems “off” to me. Too much publicity — too much openness — Saudi student guy to be deported — Kerry cancels with Saudi FM, Obama meets with Saudi FM. Obama prances on to stage — Hello Boston. Where is the sense that America was just “attacked” either by a foreign or domestic terrorist? America is angry and where is the President’s gravitas?
    Maybe I have gotten paranoid, or maybe we are adjusting to the possibility of terror attacks. But the silent crickets of Benghazi don’t mesh with this Hi, I’m the FBI and I’ll be reading you in soonest. Maybe the public nature of this all disallows the usual close to the vest type thing.

    Let me go all off paranoid — suspect appears to young and a caucasian. hmmm.

    Or maybe I am just avoiding the fact that I am not progressing on my project. :)

    • Catherine Herridge (sp) just gave a nice recap of the use data mining of social media as a relatively new investigative tool. She limited the gathering to be an hour before and hour after the blast.

      • She also said that these two are not the only people involved, that they have a support group around them. So, Janet Napolitano, it’s not a lone wolf but at least a conspiracy of two and probably more.

      • She’ s really good. I remember her and Greta van Susteren doing good work on Benghazi. Obama wanted to claim that no act of terror on American soil happened on his watch, but this makes three: Fort Hood, Benghazi (which was technically on American soil) and now Boston.

        • they are good, and there are other equally good female reporters on Fox. particularly Jennifer Griffin, who reported from Afghanistan until she was diagnosed with breast cancer–and after having a mastectomy went BACK to Afghanistan as soon as she could. amazing woman…but you won’t hear the feminists saying anything nice about her–she works for Fox.

    • MichelleInd,
      Thanks for the heads up, as I don’t expect this to be reported by the propaganda arm of this administration.
      Benghazi and F&F have been successfully covered up, so will this.
      Obama was right on one thing, the spirit of this nation will not be diminished, no matter how hard he tries to do it.

      • Julie, the video worked for me without subscription. It was about the Saudi student held at the hospital as a person of interest and was to be deported because of a security concern of terrorism. The Blaze has an updated report that ICE denies he was a suspect and wasn’t going to be deported. They also have an interview that the student claims officials profusely apologized to him and promised him special medical care. In the video Glenn Beck said the student is connected to a prominent Saudi family.

        ICE admits they do have a different Saudi national in custody who was also wounded Monday, but that he wasn’t connected to the bombing nor did they clarify if he will be deported.

        • Granny, I watched Hanity tonight, and Steve Emerson, the terrorism expert, said that this young Saudi about to be deported has three threats to national security on his record and that is why he was going to be deported next Tuesday. Go figure. Hanity had heard that from other sources too, and Congressmen are aware of it and looking into it so he may not be deported after all.

          Janet Napolitano–excuse me if you know this already–denied that any person was scheduled to be deported. She also said after the FBI press conference that she wouldn’t categorize the two men in the pictures as ‘suspects’. She was promoting a lone wolf theory all along, and now we know that it was a conspiracy of at least two people and that there is most likely a support network out there as well. Is she just incompetent or is she obfuscating? I wonder if there is some strain between HS and the FBI.

  9. Inn an attempt to cleanse my body of everything ‘Obama”, I did not watch today’s telepromter reading. Playing off of Keith’s headline, all I can say is the spirit of this country shall remain dimmed as long as all of the Obamas are residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  10. Aside from the words ‘Boston’ (substitute any municipality that gets hit), ‘commonwealth’ (substitute ‘state’ in most cases), the bit with the team names (substitute the nearest ones and their rivals) and street name, and I’ll credit him the ad lib at the end, you could use this ‘speech’ for any bombing anywhere in the country. I wonder who wrote this and how long it’s been sitting on the shelf waiting for something to happen.

    My first thought on hearing this was Les Nessman’s “godless tornadoes” speech on WKRP.

  11. “… the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed . .” – The Angry Caliph

    The spirit of this country shall remain undimmed. Would that we could say the same for the Presidency…

  12. Any announcements yet of who on the Boston Police Force will be fired for their inept security? Just one block north of the Marathon Finish Line photos show 100+ police officers just standing around. Photos also show that not one uniformed police officer was BEHIND the crowds along the street, looking for suspicious individuals or unattended bags. You really have to wonder at their incompetence and misplaced threat ideas when they hire an outside security firm Craft International, to look around with radiation detectors but not have Police handle unattended luggage.