11:0: President Obama speaks at Boston Memorial Service

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart the White House for a memorial service in Boston


11:0: President Obama delivers remarks at Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service dedicated to those who were wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing. First lady Michelle Obama also attends

12:0: President Obama speaks to Boston Athletic Association Volunteers


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85 Responses to “11:0: President Obama speaks at Boston Memorial Service”

  1. 1 japa21
    April 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This will be a tear jerker.

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    He’s going to be wonderful yet again. I can’t wait to hear his words.

  3. 7 ourmanflint
    April 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    good morning

    • 8 COS
      April 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Good morning Chips and everyone. I agree that this will be another tear jerker. My prayers are with these families.

  4. 10 ourmanflint
    April 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Heart felt sympathy to all victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombing

  5. 11 dotster3
    April 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

  6. 17 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Barack Obama, ever the diplomat. This is his entry for Tom Coburn.

    He teaches me new things everyday.


    • 18 donna dem 4 obama
      April 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

      He is a far better person than I can ever aspire to be. I have such contempt for Republicans in Congress. This is just another reason to love our President.

    • 19 Nena20409
      April 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Pres Obama has got to be the Mother Theresa of the POTUS’. I could NOT do what he just did. Tom Coburn was one of the 20 who plotted a political Coup de’tat on Jan 20, 2009. Then in 2010, in an interview, he implied that Mr. Obama had gotten preferential treatment at prestigious schools due to his race. I called his office in OK and I spent at list 4-5 mins on the phone with them….. registering my complaint and within hours, Dr. Coburn……I am sure, with many calling as well, clarified his statements. My Roman Catholic faith says to forgive……I am having a really hard time forgiving sen Coburn.

      Pres Obama didn’t have to write this. He has a lot on his plate. But he did for he is a better man, president and a better leader. He is epitomizing……what he believes……not taking politics personal. A tip of my Hat to pres Obama.

      • 20 Lovepolitics2008
        April 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

        President Obama is a true christian. As there ever been such a beautiful soul in the Oval Office ?

        Little note: Remember that event with right wing pastor Warren during the 2008 campaign ? Both Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain had to answer some questions on faith and governing. Many people said that Barack Obama had “lost” that debate. On the contrary, I thought that he had won it overwhelmingly. His honesty and beautiful soul were on display and everybody with a big heart must have seen it. I really liked him but that day something more profound happened. I was awed, impressed, moved. I just understood how exceptional this man was. And what I’ve witnessed in the last five years has confirmed, day after day, what I felt in my heart and my soul on that day.

        • 21 Obama Grandmama
          April 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

          I remember it was discovered that Senator McCain who went second heard all the questions on his ride to the event which gave him an advantage.

  7. 22 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

  8. 23 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

  9. April 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    President Obama has had to be our secular minister in times of profound grief way more than any other President except possibly Lincoln and FDR. He has such a deep well of compassion and eloquence, but I wish he didn’t have to keep doing this!

  10. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    April 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

    UT, Thank you so much for all of your updates on the explosion in Texas. My heart goes out to all those who lost family and their homes in this awful tragedy.

    It just seems that we go from one awful disaster to the next.

  11. 32 japa21
    April 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

  12. 33 ber6964
    April 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Morning TOD, on this day of Reflection.

  13. 34 dotster3
    April 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Oh no—–Willard again.

  14. 36 Linda
    April 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ At Senators

    “Shame on you!” Patricia Maisch and Lori Haas yelled in rapid succession at the 46 senators who had just voted to kill a compromise amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or online. The women were sitting in the gallery with a large group of gun violence victims as the Senate responded to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut by defeating the measure advocates and law enforcement officials consider crucial to keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

    As they left the Senate gallery, a police officer approached and asked them to follow him. The three walked downstairs to a public hallway, where they were peppered with questions: “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “What are your Social Security numbers?” The officer left to run a background check on the women, who were instructed to sit on a bench. Another uniformed officer watched over them, even escorted Haas to the bathroom and told her she couldn’t lock the stall door.

    An hour and a half later, another law enforcement official approached and quizzed the the two women further. He asked them about their intentions and where they were from, why they were in D.C., how long they planned to stay and when they were leaving.

    The entire ordeal stretched for almost two hours — approximately 115 minutes longer than a background check at a federal gun dealer. Haas noted the irony of undergoing hours of questioning while permitting gun purchases without any screening at gun shows or online.


  15. 44 Nena20409
    April 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

    GM Morning TODers.

    I still get Comfort from Touch Me In the Morning…..Ms. Ross.

    Please, allow me to post it again.

  16. 45 anniebella
    April 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

    POTUS and FLOTUS just walked in with the Governor and his wife.I bet Mitt sitting there thinking that should be me and Ann walking in there.

  17. 46 amk for obama
    April 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

  18. 47 prettyfoot58
    April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    What a beautiful opening prayer…

  19. April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This song was in my head as I was showering.

    Stand by each other and we’ll be fine.

  20. 49 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

    If there are lurking and non-lurking TODers in the surrounding area, please think about helping the people of West, TX this way.

    • 50 miss pat
      April 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Good morning folks. I wonder if they want all blood colors? On an episode in All In the Family years ago Archie Bunker received blood from an African American doctor. She told him not to worry, he was going to be okay; he will only have a strange craving for watermelon in the morning. Seriously though, some of those folks would rather die than take blood from me.

  21. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    April 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Reverend Walker’s opening prayer was beautiful.

    • 52 AJ
      April 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Yes, it was, donna! She’s supremely talented, and was a beloved former local news anchor here in the city before she became a member of the clergy.

  22. 53 Nena20409
    April 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

    My little dedication to Martin Richard. RIP Little one.

    Angel in the Morning by Juice Newtown.

  23. 54 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You can check for locations and times here to help donate blood for West, TX.


  24. 55 AJ
    April 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    No one loves Boston more than Mayor Tom Menino. That he hasn’t been at 100% to be everywhere he wants to be in this time of crisis is killing him, I know.

  25. 56 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

  26. 57 japa21
    April 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

  27. 58 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

    • 59 anniebella
      April 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

      We expected POTUS and FLOTUS to do that. They usually always do meet with victims and first responders.

  28. 60 whatisworking
    April 18, 2013 at 11:22 am


    Today and in the days to come our actions will be even more important than the phone calls /tweets / emails we made yesterday. To quote President Obama

    “Defeat is a temporary condition, giving up makes it permanent”

    Here is an example of how this can be turned into a positive. In our community, we had a gun violence phone bank on Tuesday that was cancelled due to the Boston event, I just put out a call for another one, this time we have 2 folks offering to host one.

    Please take the time to make as many calls as you can today. They are expecting us to spend the day moaning and groaning, and then they hope we will give up. Let’s show them that we will come back even stronger. Over the days and weeks to come, lets continue to post call to action on gun control until this gets done.

    I plan to add a gun icon to the list of Senators who voted against the bill tonight or tomorrow.


    Stay Strong…

  29. 61 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

  30. 62 japa21
    April 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

  31. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    April 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The Boston Children’s Choir is so moving.

  32. 69 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The Boston Children’s Chorus accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma were incredibly beautiful.

  33. 71 Titti
    April 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thinking of you guys. What an utterly dreadful and frustrating week. Continued thoughts and prayers for the people of Boston and West. As long as there is life there is HOPE. Don’t let the GOP’effers get you down. ((hugs)).

  34. 73 amk for obama
    April 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

  35. 74 amk for obama
    April 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  36. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    April 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Gov. Patrick is such a great speaker. I so which that he would aspire to even higher office but I absolutely understand why he doesn’t. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is fortunate to have his leadership.

  37. April 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m sure Chips will be back later with PBO’s remarks. Until then, new post: http://theobamadiary.com/2013/04/18/time-to-turn-the-world-rightside-up/

  38. 78 sherijr
    April 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    He never fails us… in our time of grief he is always right there with us with the perfect words of love and empathy.

  39. 79 utaustinliberal
    April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Every single time, Pres. Obama steps up to the podium and delivers. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

    I am proud to call Barack Obama MY President; and yes, “we will run again.”

  40. 80 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Oh my goodness…..

    “Obama in Boston” is trending on Twitter. ’nuff said.

  41. 81 anniebella
    April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Our President was top notch once again.

  42. 83 MightyPamela
    April 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Only 82 comments over here…. Don’s post is too weighty for iPad, so if a new thread isn’t up shortly, I will bid you all sweet dreams, and may God Bless Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America.

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