President Obama: American People Refuse To Be Terrorized

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHNT) - President Obama spoke Tuesday morning, calling the explosions in Boston a heinous and cowardly act of terror.

"We don't know who carried out this attack or why.  It will take time to follow every lead and find out what happened, but we will find out who did this and bring them to justice," said President Obama.

He said there is no evidence yet if the act was domestic terrorism, international terrorism, or whether it was committed by one person or an organization.

President Obama thanked the people who helped the victims, those who gave blood, even those who removed clothing to use as tourniquets at the scene.  He said that response shows America's strength.

"The American people refuse to be terrorized," President Obama said.  "Because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness, and generosity and love:  Exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets.  The first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives.  The men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world, and the medical students who hurried to help, saying “When we heard, we all came in.”  The priests who opened their churches and ministered to the hurt and the fearful.  And the good people of Boston who opened their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it."

"If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil -- that’s it," the President added.  "Selflessly.  Compassionately.  Unafraid."

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