193 Responses to “President Obama statement on events in Boston”


  1. 6 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    • 7 jacquelineoboomer
      April 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      The suspect needs to survive first, before any penalty is levied. I’m hoping he does, so we might hear why this happened and what kind of emotional breaks the two brothers obviously experienced, beforehand. Hoping they were not involved with any group. Hoping we can find out how to better spot their obvious alienation from societal norms in other young people in our country, so we may try to preclude this happening again – to any city.

      • 8 theo67
        April 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        I don’t think he will be able to come up with a worthwhile explanation, Jacq. It might just fuel more idiots in their mission of destruction.

  2. 9 cman
    April 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Aww, second.

  3. 11 vitaminlover
    April 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    “Yes we found you and you will face justice”–President Obama (sort of)

  4. April 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Congrats on 1st Carol!!!

    Watching the always clueless #WHPC make fools of themselves ….

    http://twitter.com/Our4thEstate/statuses/325428331585601537

  5. April 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I’m so glad he’s talking as soon as he can.

  6. 18 kasai
    April 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Why Do I have to look at Chuck Todd…the sacrifice one must make to get to see our Awesome President:-)

  7. 27 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  8. April 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    2 minute warning for the President.

  9. 29 99ts
    April 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Why do these fools stand up and face the others???

  10. April 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    DAmmit, WH stream crashed!

  11. April 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    He looks exhausted. What a week.

    • 32 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Indeed. He probably hasn’t slept since Wed night.

    • 33 kasai
      April 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I guess he left Chucky with moth wide open huh….lol
      I hope he goes to Camp David with the family and enjoy some time relaxing…God knows He deserves it.

  12. 34 amk for obama
    April 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  13. 35 japa21
    April 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  14. April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  15. 43 sherijr
    April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    and there we have it. Reminding us we are a nation of diversity and a nation of laws. And we will get the facts.

  16. 44 Lovepolitics2008
    April 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Poor President Obama looked completely exhausted. I think he hasn’t slept much this week.

  17. 45 anniebella
    April 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks to our President for his great leadership.

  18. 46 kasai
    April 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I love my President….I just do!
    That’s all….

  19. 50 LDS
    April 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    HOT DAMN!
    That’s how you run a country!!!!!
    So glad I voted for this wonderful, smart, humble, caring, soul.
    Thank you God for earring our prayers.
    Sweet sleep my dear TOD family…..
    PEACE.

  20. April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I’m so grateful everyday to have Barack Obama the President of our country. He thinks of everyone.

  21. 53 LDS
    April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    “hearing our prayers”

  22. 54 amk for obama
    April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    WH feed is currently off the air.

    I should take that as blessing in disguise ?

  23. 62 Vicki
    April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Very glad to hear POTUS send comfort to Texas. PBO is the living embodiement of “turn the other cheek.” The stature and big heart of President Barack Obama is the most tremendous contrast to the partisan small-minded idiots he is mercilessly challenged by.

    • 63 anniebella
      April 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Vicki, I agree. He is the President of the entire United States not just the ones who voted for him.

    • 64 nathkatun7
      April 20, 2013 at 3:43 am

      Well said Vicki! Unlike the people who hate him, President Obama has never lost sight of the fact that he is the President of all of the United States. He has gone out of his way to comfort people devastated by tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, although the majority of people of those states never voted for him. His compassionate statement today about the tragedy in West Texas shows how deeply our President cares for all the people of the United States.

  24. April 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  25. 66 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I love my POTUS.

    • 67 Vicki
      April 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      We’ve seen the character of our President once more.

      • 68 Lovepolitics2008
        April 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        How true Vicki.

      • 69 theo67
        April 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        Perfect.

      • 70 Sam UK Obama Supporter
        April 20, 2013 at 4:41 am

        So very true and what a character he has Vicki. A while back I posted why I love PBO so much and it still stands today.

        “…… I love him because of his fierce intelligence, his love of country and fellow countrymen and women even if some of them who hate him do not deserve his love. I love his empathy and his ability to connect with people of all walks of life. I love his strength of conviction and his tenacity to get a job done in the most difficult of circumstances. I love the way he can light up a room with his thousand megawat smile and the way he takes control of any situation. I love the way he ‘talks softly yet wields a big stick’. I love the man for a million different reasons but most of all I love him because he is President Barack Obama, the full package, the greatest President of my lifetime and because a long while back when I was going through a real tough time I heard one of his speeches and realized that there was HOPE.”

        PBO showed his steadfast yet empathetic character again over the past week and as always has made me grateful to live in the age of Obama.

  26. April 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    • 73 amk for obama
      April 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks chips

      • April 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        You’re most welcome, young man.

        • 75 amk for obama
          April 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          He spoke what was exactly in my mind. We have courts, so let’s rush into any judgments about these individuals, about their motivations etc. He dinged both the trademed and newmed. “We welcome all types of people from all over the world” was a shot at the rwnjs.. Including Texas in this PC shows how he is still grounded in reality.

  27. 76 GGAIL
    April 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I got to see my President. All`s right in the World

  28. 78 4morefor44
    April 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    if the mass murderer they caught today is able to talk, i expect similar sentiments as republican/libertarian timothy mcveigh said after he was caught:

    “McVeigh said:
    I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that’s the nature of the beast. It’s understood going in what the human toll will be.[68]
    He said that if there turned out to be an afterlife, he would “improvise, adapt and overcome”,[68] noting that:
    If there is a hell, then I’ll be in good company with a lot of fighter pilots who also had to bomb innocents to win the war.[69]
    He also said:
    I knew I wanted this before it happened. I knew my objective was state-assisted suicide and when it happens, it’s in your face. You just did something you’re trying to say should be illegal for medical personnel.[70]”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_McVeigh#Incarceration_and_execution

    you read mcveigh’s writing before and after he was caught, and it’s almost exactly what rand paul (a republican) and his champions say today. they completely ignore the fact the constitution says you control your government through voting, not attacking it physically. they throw false equivalencies all over the place, and mcveigh consistently said his killing and maiming of close to 1,000 of his fellow innocent americans, including 19 children under 5, was justified because of vietnam and iraq invasion #1. he never acknowledges how he’s supposed to fix a wrong such as those through protest and voting, yet claims to love the constitution. this is exactly what republicans/libertarians/ron-paul-spawn say to this day while claiming to own the constitution, without any irony that they’re promoting the exact opposite of the constitution, which explicitly states the elected government needs to “suppress insurrection.” this adult man will probably asy something similar but referencing different countries and cases from timothy mcveigh. their points will be the same.

    and the mainstream media repeats their lies for them every single goddamn day without any questioning whatsoever. we have got to starve the beast that is “the news” in america, and we might be able to save the republic after all!

  29. April 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    No shouts from Todd or the other jackals as PBO exited …. hmmmm ….

    • 81 goldendreamer
      April 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Shame is expressed the most through silence…

    • 82 LDS
      April 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Mr. Bobfr, the President looked like he dared them to……he has had it with them. How many times can you offer the olive branch and it keeps getting knocked out of your hand? Scripture says 70×70, I know……PBO is an example of how I am trying to handle this patience thing. Some days I get it right, some days I don’t.
      That is why he is the BEST President in my life time. He deserved respect when he first came into office, they never have given him and probably never will.
      Now, he demands it!

      • April 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        LDS, he was definitely looking them straight in the eye as he finished and departed … and, yes, he is clearly demanding their respect and I pity the fool who challenges him during the remainder of his Presidency.

        • 84 LDS
          April 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

          My sentiment exactly…
          Yes, he looked exhausted, but every fiber in his body was saying, “Bring it MF! Just bring it!

    • 85 anniebella
      April 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      I went to White House.gov and the first thing i saw was Todd, Henry, ex-Fox guy, and the ABC guy I can’t think of his name. But my question is why is it that those guys always grab front row? I can do without their ugly faces.

      • 86 theo67
        April 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        I believe they’ve got assigned seating, which is assigned by the Chair of the WHPC – and I think Ed Henry of FOX is the current Chair. I could be wrong.

  30. 87 sabreen60
    April 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I.Love.President.Obama.

  31. April 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  32. 90 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Apparently, under the Public Safety Exception, he can be questioned for 48 hours and then he can be Mirandized.

    • April 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Once again, different MSM ‘journalists’ reported entirely conflicting information – FBI Mirandized, FBI didn’t …. totally irresponsible, every step of the way ….

      • 93 nathkatun7
        April 20, 2013 at 3:50 am

        Bob, most of the MSM are a disgrace! They’ve totally abandoned the journalistic ethic of striving to report the TRUTH!

    • April 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Key elements of the PSE:

      “Whenever the prosecution seeks in its direct case to introduce a statement made by a suspect while in custody and in response to interrogation, it must prove that the subject was warned of specific rights and voluntarily waived those rights.4 The penalty imposed on the prosecution for failing to prove that the Miranda procedures were properly followed is harsh.”

      “Voluntariness is the linchpin of the admissibility of any statement obtained as a result of government conduct.43 Thus, statements obtained by the government under the public safety exception cannot be coerced or obtained through tactics that violate fundamental notions of due process.”

      “Once the questions turn from those designed to resolve the concern for safety to questions designed solely to elicit incriminating statements, the questioning falls outside the scope of the exception and within the traditional rules of Miranda.”

    • April 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Ah, I thought it was 24 hours. Thanks, ut.

  33. 97 goldendreamer
    April 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I know I posted this on the last thread, but I want to add on to it just a little:

    1) Kudos to the law enforcement and everyone else who brought justice and relief after these five days of hell. Seeing the impromptu parade and cheering on the Watertown streets brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face! Now THAT was the true finish line.

    2) As always, I’m so grateful to have our President and his leadership and grace. And I trust him and am not trying to tell him what to do. But IMO, now is the time for an executive order on gun control.

    3) CNN and these other media outlets – save for CBS, NBC, and local – can officially stick a fork in themselves, they’re DONE. (Hell, Scott Pelley even SOUNDS like Walter Cronkite.) These past few days were historical in terms of media and news reporting, and I can definitely understand why we the people are considered the new media. However…after all the false accusations of Sunil Tripathi being a suspect last night, I’m now doubting that even we the people are non-biased enough to run the 4th Estate. Someday, someday we’ll get it right…the country depends on it.

    4) The blatant racial profiling I’ve seen on cable news these past few days is shameful. And if and when Sunil is found alive, I hope he, his family, and the other “dark-skinned” people who were falsely pointed at as suspects get a huge collective lawsuit going towards certain presses!

  34. 102 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I ♥ my President, yes I do. He is the very definition of a Statesman. I appreciate his steady hand and his heartfelt remarks about the dead and wounded. I also appreciate his graciousness in mentioning the people of West Texas at the end of his remarks.

    I send my gratitude to all law enforcement and intelligence communities for their hard work and sacrifice on this case. Hopefully we as a country will put our money where our mouths are and support the good men and women who keep us safe day in and day out. (Yes, you worthless GOP scum, I’m looking at you.)

    • 103 Lovepolitics2008
      April 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      I wonder if the media did feel a little bit of guilt when President Obama looked into the camera and told the people of Texas that he hadn’t forgotten them.

  35. April 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  36. 105 japa21
    April 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  37. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The image of the Watertown house at night where the suspect was captured is reminiscent of the house in Amityville Horror. Glad this particular horror is resolved.

  38. 107 4morefor44
    April 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    oh wow. i’m not religious, but praise god for president obama! what a perfect statement for tonight! i was just watching some clips of w. “now watch this drive” bush in big press conferences, and it’s literally night and day. bush was such a freaking buffoon. even worse than i remember now looking back, and after being used to the statesmanship of president obama. we done good fellow obama-bots getting our guy in office for 2 terms!!!

  39. April 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I know some of you might not think this is the biggest issue of the night, but I spotted an image of a grumpy old man with a beard on the bathroom mat thingie a while ago. Spooky.

  40. 141 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Maybe we shall indeed see peace on earth after all. Mark Knoller of all people:

  41. April 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      April 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      And those wingnuts, obviously, include some of the media.

      I’m especially glad Jake Tapper got the smug look ripped off his face by his sorry-ass performance in front of the camera, overnight and early morning. He could have used a teleprompter out on that street corner, the fool. Through all this, both he and John King looked and acted like they were reporters for a high-school newspaper (no offense to high schoolers, many of whom would have been better). And very, very foolish.

      Oh, and, another note to John King: Just because you once lived in the Boston area, doesn’t mean that’s a qualifier to cover what’s going on there. That was one of your lesser ridiculous statements, this week, but it was still ridiculous.

      • 147 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        Excuse me, I did an impromptu stand-up with Shirley Chisholm in the hallway of the Longworth Bldg when I was in 11th grade; compared to this ijits, I gave Walter Cronkite a run for his money!

        • 148 jacquelineoboomer
          April 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

          See what I mean? There are ALWAYS prime exceptions! And good for you. (My only claim to fame was that I was interviewed on the local radio station in 8th grade, and who gives a hoot, but I can’t remember why. I do still have the newspaper photo of this remarkableness in a scrapbook, though, somewhere. But even I don’t give a hoot, at this point. Ha!)

  42. 149 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Off topic, but may I mention I’ve seen three images today of six or seven Boston police officers marching, one behind the other, around the scene of the capture – possibly to do sweeps. I’m sure you’ve all seen them.

    In all three cases, it hit me three times, there was one African-American officer and one woman marching among them. I worked in equal employment opportunity for a while in my federal career, so I guess that’s the first reason why I noticed that. The second reason is that Boston’s gender and racial problems in employment (and otherwise), especially traditionally male employment like police and fire, although not gone and no doubt not exactly represented by these three line-ups, seem to be improved. It’s a small point, but I don’t think they could have planned that for the TV cameras. It’s been a hard time coming, and it does my little heart glad.

  43. 156 LDS
    April 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Dudette, where are you?
    Need to hear some Donnie Hathaway before going to sleep.
    “Someday We Will All Be Free”

    Sweet sleep my TOD family. Lurkers thanks for unlurking during this most trying week.
    Welcome Home!

    • April 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Night LDS (whom I always misread as LSD).

      • 158 LDS
        April 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        That’s okay…..this week had me tripping.
        Especially, MSM you cannot tell me they were or were not on their Meds. We know now they are and have been winging it all along.
        What bothers me is that we have so many able bodies here who could do a better job than any one of them. I am insulted, angry at how much money they make and how many people believe their lies. All is not lost. It makes PBO second term even sweeter knowing what we were up against.
        Good night, LL and thank you for all you do here. I hope your wife is doing well.
        PEACE

      • 159 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        You are not alone…

      • 161 LDS
        April 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        Thank you, DF: ALL IS WELL.

        • 162 desertflower
          April 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

          🙂 Night LDS…I’m not far behind you! I was up way past my bedtime last night absorbed in the manhunt…..today, I was paying dearly at work:) ison helped you out, too! Ask for something around here, and help comes 10 fold!

      • 164 nathkatun7
        April 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

        Thanks Desrtflower! I commented on LDS’ request looking for Dudette without thinking that we still have the versatile flower of the desert. Donny Hathaway was one of the most talented musicians.

    • 165 nathkatun7
      April 20, 2013 at 4:31 am

      LDS, I too miss Dudette and Yardarm! I was happy to hear that Yardarm is doing fine. Now we need to hear from Dudette. She brings so much soul and energy to TOD! Donny Hathaway’s “Everything Is Everything” would have been so fitting for this horrible week!

      • 166 HZ
        April 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        Hi Nath, I also concur. I thought I saw that Dudette was taking a little trip. However, like you I hope that she is fine. I named Dudette our “Musician-In-Chief.” And it looks like Dudette has some great “Musicial Generals” who are taking great charge while she is gone.

        (((())) Thanks so all of our musicians, great poets and poetess, and most brilliant writers.))))()))))HZ

  44. 167 amk for obama
    April 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    One question. Why is whpc full of cable noise idjits from pox, msnbc and cnn ? Are the msm cbs, abc and nbc barred there ?

  45. April 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Ok, I’m working on a musicky blog post. Will have it up in 20 MINUTES.

  46. 170 amk for obama
    April 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  47. 172 isonprize
    April 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Donny Hathaway – Someday We’ll All Be Free

    • 173 LDS
      April 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      That’s what I am talking about…..thank you.
      Okay, I am in tears now for how one week can turn your life upside down and now…..I feel so much love.
      It could be there is a soft cleansing rain falling in NYC and it always makes me feel renewed, restored, revived.

      • 174 HZ
        April 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        LDS, your comments have me in tears now. Your words are a comfort to me, and the music by Donny is just right, isoiprize. Thanks so much. I needed that one.HZ.

  48. April 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    LL?

    You’ll include this in your post, won’t you?

  49. April 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    😀 😀

  50. April 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    DAMN STRAIGHT ….

    I’d happily contribute to their legal fund …

  51. 180 amk for obama
    April 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    LOL.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  52. 184 Jovie
    April 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    And during all this, POTUS enacts new EPA regs, sure to get big coal pissed off-

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/295095-epa-proposes-water-pollution-rules-affecting-power-plants

    🙂

  53. April 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Worthy of more than a little reflection …

  54. 189 Jeff
    April 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    The republicans are furious with PBO saying that he should have this guy under lock and key without any Miranda rights and given the full treatment of enhanced interrogation.

  55. 193 HZ
    April 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Thank you, Mr. President))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Now get some rest and know that we here at TOD love you very much and are so proud to have worked so hard to get you re-elected.

    We are so bless to have you as our President of these United States. God continue to bless you and keep you in a peaceful state of mind, Mr. President.HZ


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