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Ultimately, that’s what we’ll remember from this week. That’s what will remain. Stories of heroism and kindness; resolve and resilience; generosity and love.
Surely President Barack Obama wishes he didn't have so many chances at getting so good at offering words of comfort to a nation, as he did this morning in his weekly address, memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and saluting all the heroes and first responders who helped victims.
The brave first responders – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and National Guard – who ran toward danger to help their fellow citizens.

The race volunteers, spectators, and exhausted runners who rushed to help, including troops and veterans who never expected to see such scenes on the streets of America.

The determined doctors and nurses at some of the world’s best hospitals, who have toiled day and night to save so many lives.

The big-hearted people of Boston – residents, priests, shopkeepers – who carried victims in their arms; delivered water and blankets; lined up to give blood; opened their homes to total strangers.

All the federal and local law enforcement personnel who were still working at apprehending the perpetrator were lauded, for laboring tirelessly and keeping their communities safe. The president promised Americans we'd see the best of ourselves in the aftermath of this tragedy:
If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.

Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.

He promised continued vigilance in the days and weeks ahead, with all Americans uniting with Boston residents in continuing to respond to tragedy with heroism and pride. "May God bless the people of Boston," he closed, "and the United States of America.

To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 20, 2013

On Monday, an act of terror wounded dozens and killed three innocent people at the Boston Marathon.

But in the days since, the world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized.

Ultimately, that’s what we’ll remember from this week. That’s what will remain. Stories of heroism and kindness; resolve and resilience; generosity and love.

The brave first responders – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and National Guard – who ran toward danger to help their fellow citizens.

The race volunteers, spectators, and exhausted runners who rushed to help, including troops and veterans who never expected to see such scenes on the streets of America.

The determined doctors and nurses at some of the world’s best hospitals, who have toiled day and night to save so many lives.

The big-hearted people of Boston – residents, priests, shopkeepers – who carried victims in their arms; delivered water and blankets; lined up to give blood; opened their homes to total strangers.

And the heroic federal agents and police officers who worked together throughout the week, often at great risk to themselves, to keep our communities safe. As a country, we are eternally grateful for the profound sacrifices they make in the line of duty – sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice to defend the people they’ve sworn to protect.

If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.

Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.

In the days to come, we will remain vigilant as a nation. And I have no doubt the city of Boston and its surrounding communities will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far – and their fellow Americans will be right there with them every step of the way. May God bless the people of Boston and the United States of America.
 

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  •  Great remarks from the president. (19+ / 0-)

    Short, direct, and unadorned. And this at the end:

    Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.
    And Boston showed us how...
    •  Boilerplate (1+ / 0-)
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      and requires no real thought by the writer, speaker or listener.

      Nothing wrong with that and probably the right approach for the situation but lets see it for what it is. We are after all meant to be the reality based community.

      •  Yeah, boilerplate (7+ / 0-)

        like

        But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
        Sad.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:48:57 AM PDT

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      •  Oh wait, President Obama is wrong. That's not (1+ / 0-)
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        boilerplate since he was freaking elected. He gave the Queen of England an iPod. That was wrong. And everything else for the last freaking five years. So you don't like his speech. Well woop de doo. You're so reality.

        guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

        by 88kathy on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:40:54 AM PDT

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  •  Everything Obama said is true. (10+ / 0-)

    Now, as a MA resident, I would like to see us focus on the victims and heroes in West, Texas. We've ignored them for far too many days.

    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:06:32 AM PDT

  •  He is getting very good at extending (1+ / 0-)
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    sincere sympathy to those who can benefit from it.

    Still, if this is how "God" blesses us . . .

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:07:33 AM PDT

  •  . . . (12+ / 0-)

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:08:37 AM PDT

    •  There are good and bad police (1+ / 0-)
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      and plenty of them are perfectly capable of being thugs - ask Dkos users who witnessed Occupy actions.

      Lets not completely forget about context here.

      •  You seem to be the only (5+ / 0-)

        one who has forgotten context -- which is the Boston Marathon assaults and not OWS.  But do carry on.  At this point, I could write your comments for you.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:51:34 AM PDT

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        •  oh, yes (1+ / 0-)
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          At this point, I could write your comments for you.
          But not worth it.  

          "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

          by SottoVoce on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:52:02 AM PDT

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      •  Really??? (0+ / 0-)

        I am no fan of cops, not even the good ones. I find myself extremely uncomfortable around most people with the proper mindset for being a cop.

        And voters have allowed police brutality to spin out of control over the past 20 years, and have pretty much done nothing but drool on themselves (or applaud).

        But Boston was a BIG FUCKING DEAL, and where possible I take every opportunity to shove the "union thugs" meme up every Republican ass I can reach with my kicking foot.

        Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

        by raincrow on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:46:20 PM PDT

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  •  I'd Like To Have The Same Laser Beam Like Focus (6+ / 0-)

    On the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.  14 Innocent workers who were just trying to work and live are dead.  Up to 60 workers are "feared missing" and are probably deceased.

    The amount of media attention shouldn't depend on the connection or non-connection to terrorism.  Human lives were lost in both cases.  

    Why doesn't the West, Texas explosion dominate media coverage?

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:21:23 AM PDT

    •  West,Texas victimized by corporate terrorists... (5+ / 0-)

      facilitated by state government.  Investigate that allegation.  Hasn't dumb Rick been marketing Texas as a place where low taxes and people killing, house crushing, factory exploding, environment destroying deregulation are valued far more than big gubbamint, environment protecting, fair taxing, people protecting, profit reducing regulation as a means to lure Californian companies and pro golfers like asshole, $30 million isn't enough Mikelson to the lone star state?

    •  It's a small town here in Texas (0+ / 0-)

      and it wasn't a deliberate violent attack like Boston.

      As someone who has driven through West many times on I-35, it is indeed sad and is a big part of the overall tragedy that was this week.

      Barack Obama for President '12

      by v2aggie2 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:18:28 AM PDT

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      •  Zoned a school next to an explosive factory in (1+ / 0-)
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        podunk Texas, sad?  Quit inspecting it, sad? Last time I looked podunk Texas was not cramped for space. Last time I looked Texas was about not paying taxes for inspections of explosive factories.

        So they aren't crazy teenagers, they are worse.

        guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

        by 88kathy on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:49:27 AM PDT

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      •  It's Deliberate When Capitalists (2+ / 0-)
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        Cut corners on health and safety regulations in order to receive greater profit.  

        It doesn't matter whether it was deliberate or not.  It could have been prevented and now 14 innocent workers are dead and up to 60 missing.

        Why should we care less about them than the people dead in Boston?  Why does the capitalist corporate mediate care less as evidenced in their coverage?

        If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

        by stewarjt on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:03:09 AM PDT

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        •  I certainly don't care less (0+ / 0-)

          and I am no fan of the media.  I was just providing an explanation of how the media coverage unfolded.

          Yes, the event could have been prevented.  And your point is well taken.

          Barack Obama for President '12

          by v2aggie2 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:15:14 AM PDT

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  •  just give suspect a Constitutional trial without (7+ / 0-)

    all the idiotic and unnecessary "war on terror" crapola.

    Then maybe the country can attempt to return to a democracy and not lose our goddamn minds again.

  •  "Our common creed" (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, sir.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:23:57 AM PDT

  •  Can someone explain why we have so little (1+ / 0-)
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    confidence in the American justice system that this individual is to be questioned without first being Mirandized?

    •  many many people are questioned without being (0+ / 0-)

      Mirandized.

      That's what the phrase "person of interest" (a term that is used by every cop in the country but which does not appear in ANY American law or legal procedure) is for. It is specifically an attempt to question a suspect without Mirandizing him first.

      And it happens every day.

      •  People have to know their rights, I do not believe (0+ / 0-)

        the police can hold you if you are a person of interest and I do no believe you have to answer questions, that said if it involves the Patriotic Act, all bets are off.

        •  you are correct, but (0+ / 0-)

          most people do NOT know their rights--and that is what the cops are counting on.  If they arrest you and question you, they MUST Mirandize you--at which point the suspect usually shuts up and asks for a lawyer. The cops WANT you to answer questions, so if they label you a "person of interest" that we "just want to talk to", instead of a "suspect", and then question you WITHOUT detaining or arresting you, they do NOT have to remind you that you have the right to not answer questions---and many people will then blab away, mistakenly thinking that if they refuse to answer they are "interfering with an investigation" or "being uncooperative with law enforcement".  The cops, of course, WANT you to think that, and they do nothing to disabuse you of that mistake. And so people talk. As was the intention all along.

          The whole "person of interest who we just want to talk to" thingie, is wholly and solely a way for the cops to try to entice people into talking who have the legal right NOT to talk. It was made up out of whole cloth by the cops specifically to try to get people to talk --the term person of interest" has no legal validity of any sort whatsoever. (And of course it also helps that they must have "probable cause" to detain or arrest someone for questioning, but don't need ANY probable cause to "talk to" a "person of interest".

          Every time I have ever been approached by a cop who "just wanted to ask me some questions", I immediately ask if I am being detained, and if the answer is "no", I follow up with "Then I respectfully decline to discuss my lawful business with you.  Am I free to go?"

          It always pisses them off, but legally, I am in the right.

    •  48 hours (2+ / 0-)
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      as an exception to Miranda if there is the possibility of an immediate threat to public safety.  There are much evidence to suggest there may be.  

      Hopefully the suspect has had a good civics class and watched enough Law & Order to know he can still keep his mouth shut during that time period -- and ask for a lawyer.  This does not deprive him of his 5th Amendment rights.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:54:34 AM PDT

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    •  TV (0+ / 0-)

      guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

      by 88kathy on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:53:33 AM PDT

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  •  Now For Months Of Craven Republican Hysteria nt (3+ / 0-)
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    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:29:06 AM PDT

  •  Lindsey Graham is an idiot (4+ / 0-)

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:39:49 AM PDT

  •  This is very different in tone from his previous (1+ / 0-)
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    statements, which were more focused on the victims.  Here, Obama's basically flipping off the people who support indiscriminate attacks against the U.S. as well as the people who were rooting for law enforcement to overreact and make things worse.  I especially liked the line about "the heroic federal agents and police officers." That one's for you, Alex Jones fans.

  •  But really, not one word about shopping. (0+ / 0-)

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:53:27 AM PDT

  •  It's amazing how much "controversy" people (1+ / 0-)
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    on this blog can extract from one positive speech meant as a balm to the American public. I can't think of anything more well-intentioned than this simple offering.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:15:08 AM PDT

  •  Anyone catch this bit of dark humor? (0+ / 0-)

    From TPM courtesy of dmsilev at Balloon Juice:

    Addressing what he described as a “most unfortunate misunderstanding” to emerge after it was revealed that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are of Chechen descent, Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, issued a statement on Friday to clarify that the “Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities.”…
    Ready for some "life imitates art" at >50 years' remove?

    I give you Herbert Gold's "The Day They Got Boston," * The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 1961, a deepdark height-of-the-Cold-War satire that chronicles the fallout ;) from the destruction of the city by an accidentally-launched Soviet ICBM, including the subsequent dickering over which -grad in the CCCP the USA gets to annihilate in return. (* NB Still under copyright so unavailable on line, & I cannot find my 50-year-old copy of Groff Conklin's anthology 17 x Infinity where it was collected, so all quotes are paraphrased.)

    At one point the text (which jumps back & forth between such storylines as exist in chunks of a sentence or two) notes that the citizens of Rifle City, Colorado (a fictitious exemplar of small-town America) have called for the entire continent of Europe to be nuked in response:

    (They weren't too clear on geography & wanted to make sure the Rooskies got theirs.)
    About a page later the text notes that
    The citizens of Avignon, France, donated a geography textbook to the Rifle City, Colorado, public library.
    As they would say in Avignon, Plus ça change... (I think they'd probably say that in Prague as well, but damned if I can find the Czech version to post for your diacritically-distractable edification...)

    BALTIMORE RAVENS--SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS! WOOO-HOOO!

    by Uncle Cosmo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

  •  where did they get their guns and ammo (0+ / 0-)

    While I'm not sure why a store clerk would not notice someone buying multiple pressure cookers, I'm really wondering where the accused bombers purchased their guns and ammuntion.  Gun purchases are difficult in MA.

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