“We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” President Obama said in the White House briefing room just after 10 p.m. Friday night.
Commenting on the arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the president thanked federal and local law enforcement officials for “responding with professionalism and bravery” during a “tough week,” and heralded the resolve of Bostonians, according to Mediate.
On a rare occasion, Obama actual used the word “terrorists” when speaking of the suspects, saying that “whatever hateful agenda drove these men to such heinous acts will not, cannot prevail.”
“They have already failed,” he said, “because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because we, as Americans, refuse to be terrorized.”
True to his nature, Obama urged Americans to let investigators do their work before jumping to conclusions about who is to blame for the attacks that left a total of four people dead.
“When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right,” Obama said. “That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment, not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people.”
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