Source: Evan McMurry / Mediaite
President Obama spoke briefly Tuesday morning and officially characterized yesterday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon as “terrorism,” before reaffirming that “the American people refuse to be terrorized.”
“This was a heinous and cowardly act,” Obama said, “and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
Obama—and law enforcement officials—stopped short yesterday of using what’s now being called the “T word,” though a White House statement later used the term unequivocally.
“What we don’t yet know,” Obama added, “is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”
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