Obama: Bombers Will 'Feel Full Weight of Justice'
Says US still doesn't know who attacked marathon, or why
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
President Obama addresses the nation about the Boston attacks.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon "will feel the full weight of justice." Obama made his remarks this evening from the White House about three hours after two explosions detonated near the finish line. "We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable." The president said the government would increase security around the United States "as necessary" but did not say whether his administration thought the incident was part of a larger plot.

Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions, and he promised that any federal resources they need will be provided. "The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight," he said. Additionally, the president spoke with Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, saying that "on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats, we are Americans united in our concern for our fellow citizens."

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Apr 18, 2013 3:02 AM CDT
This could have been prevented by searching everyone who attend public events, but thanks to the human insects on the right we can never have sensible solutions. They will defend the killers and haters to the last. This is more blood on the hands of O'reilly-insect, O'keefe-insect et al and NEVER forget it.
Apr 17, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
After the swift and clear justice dished out over the Benghazi attacks i'm sure whoever is responsible is shaking in they boots
Apr 16, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
Obumbler could start by committing suicide!