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  • Good afternoon everybody. Earlier today I was briefed by my Homeland Security team

  • on the events in Boston. Were 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 Muller

  • and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano and theyre mobilizing the appropriate resources

  • to investigate and to respond. I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both

  • parties and we reaffirm 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 Governor

  • Patrick and Mayor Menino and made it clear that that 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 to 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 will 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 the spirit of friendly competition.

  • Boston is a tough and resilient town, so are its people. I’m supremely confident that

  • Bostonians will pull together and 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 are still in the investigation stage at this point, but I want to reiterate,

  • we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. Thank you very much.”

Good afternoon everybody. Earlier today I was briefed by my Homeland Security team

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