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Obama Salutes 'Big-Hearted People of Boston' in Weekly Address: VIDEO


President Obama capped a very rough week for the city of Boston by saluting the "stories of heroism and kindness; resolve and resilience; generosity and love" in his weekly address:

If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.

Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.


I've also posted his remarks from last night, shortly after the capture of the second bombing suspect.

NBC News makes this note:

"When a tragedy like this happens … it's important that we do this right. That's why we have investigations. That's why we relentlessly gather the facts. That's why we have courts," he said. "That's why we take care not to rush to judgment -- not about motivations of individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people."

There was a small element of politics amid an essentially criminal pursuit of the at-large suspect in the Marathon bombings, an event that was regarded as a terrorist attack. Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Rep. Peter King, N.Y., both Republicans who speak out frequently on national security issues, quickly urged law enforcement against reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, which would entitle him to certain legal rights in the criminal justice system.

But the administration said it would invoke a public safety exception to the Miranda rule shortly after Tsarnaev's apprehension, and would withhold the warning normally read to suspects under arrest when the accused terrorist is physically able to be interrogated.

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  1. "Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure"

    What a joke. The "multi-cultural" society is a failure, as anyone could have predicted it would be. And it will only get worse as time goes on.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 11:07:15 AM

  2. Has everyone forgotten that ordinary Bostonians funded the IRA for many years. They funded terrorists.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 20, 2013 11:14:54 AM

  3. Rick, don't be ridiculous. This country has been 'multicultural' since jump, when Europeans imposed themselves on Native Americans in the 1600s.

    Posted by: Albert | Apr 20, 2013 11:38:07 AM

  4. "This country has been 'multicultural' since jump"

    No, it hasn't.

    To begin with, different European nationalities may have had cultural differences between the, but they still all shared a broad Judeo-Christian tradition and the values of Western civilization.

    Secondly, by the second generation most of the descendants of those immigrants had more or less totally discarded any aspect of the culture of their grandparents and were indistinguishable from each other, except for their last names.

    Not the case with the non-Europeans who are flooding the country now. And never will be the case. Which is why the country is in such turmoil and will ultimately collapse upon itself if "multi-culturalism" continues apace.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 11:51:27 AM

  5. Toronto is among the most multicultural cities in the world and yet it's also among the most progressive. People come from all over the world to live in Toronto, and become a part of the fabric that makes the city so wonderful. Different counties, different cultures, different walks of life. And amazingly, among the most queer and trans-positive cities in the world. If multiculturalism didn't enrich all of our lives, my hometown wouldn't be the great place that it is.

    Our truth trumps your lies, Troll Rick.

    Gonna show yourself this week or just continue being an anonymous wimp? Anonymous wimp? Thought so. Until you can put a face to your comments, you're just proving to be exactly what everyone knows you to be: a loser, a coward and the only man who comments on this site who suffers from penis envy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 1:34:46 PM

  6. Rick - I have to disagree to a point. I know it's anecdotal, but I can't see how there could be any statistics on this. My cousin is full blooded Korean. In a baseball cap with the brim down and in the stands of a stock car race he is indistinguishable from any other rural car racing enthusiast. I met a full blooded Japanese-ancestry American at the cell phone store who had no residual accent, was totally assimilated, and from Pennsylvania. For all I know he could be a first generation or a fifth generation American.

    While the Vietnamese may be closer to their language and roots than most Chinese-Americans or Japanese-Americans or Philippine-Americans, they are quick to learn and use English, welcoming in their stores, and almost invariably good neighbors. Koreans go where no man dares to tread economically. Indians and Indian-Americans have the highest demographic of any immigrant group and as a whole the Asians have been a good and welcome addition to the American society.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 20, 2013 1:38:20 PM

  7. um Rick is a racist.

    Posted by: redball | Apr 20, 2013 2:03:05 PM

  8. Rick, you can whine all you like, but even non-European immigrants such as myself are part of a tradition as American as apple pie. You should know from history that people like you are always on the losing end. Every. Single. Time.

    I'm glad President Obama is my Commander-In-Chief.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Apr 20, 2013 2:24:49 PM

  9. we can all take solace that the scumbag racists in "our" community are, thankfully, too cowardly to ever make their comments in the light of day, in the real world.

    when you can only spew your bigotry from behind your internet-burqa, you prove how insecure and insignificant you actually are.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 2:34:58 PM

  10. Just remember: Rick, David Hearne and Adam are all aliases of the same person. We don't have multiple trolls...just one really obnoxious one.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 20, 2013 3:13:27 PM

  11. yawn rick

    in reality through generations of inter breeding and interaction we will have 1 human species with no separate races & with 1 world wide culture & eventually people will biatch about those damn mars born humans with their funny accents while earth born and marts born will agree that some other star system born humans are the smelliest

    stop being so small minded

    Posted by: moz's | Apr 20, 2013 3:25:28 PM

  12. kiwi said: "spew your bigotry from behind your internet-burqa"

    *dies laughing at "internet-burqa"*

    genius wordsmithing, my friend

    Posted by: redball | Apr 20, 2013 3:30:25 PM

  13. Last night, the citizens of Watertown cheered safety forces following the capture of Dhzokhar Tsarnaev. I saw people of every ethnicity, likely with varying religious and political beliefs, gathered in peace and celebration - smiling and embracing.

    Embracing diversity works.

    It's those who hate the differences between us, such as the Tsarnaev brothers, the GodHatesFags crowd, and trolls like Rick, who personify the problem.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 20, 2013 3:40:03 PM

  14. "Embracing diversity works."

    If there is some inherent value to "Diversity" then underlying that must be that there is some value to other ethnicities that one cannot find in any given ethnicity. In other words, Diversity is simply a different doctrine of racism.

    If adding Nigerians and Cambodians improves the American society, then you would also have to say that adding Americans (of European and Native Ancestry, not just any Americans) to Nigeria or Cambodia would have the same effect.

    If the human beings of the world were to randomly rut like wild animals and the French, then Diversity would cease to exist.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 20, 2013 3:53:45 PM

  15. @David Hearne East Asians are a bit of an exception, for a lot of reasons.

    There has been no significant immigration from Japan for 50 years.

    Most recent immigrants from China and India are from the upper-crust of those societies--they are the well-educated elite. Many came as university students and increasingly they are going home after obtaining their degrees, because there is more oppoortunity in their home countries than there is in an America that sinks farther and farther economically with every year that passes (under the weight of the illegals who are sucking the very life out of the country, witness California's disastrous state of affairs). So that stream is not going to last much longer.

    Also, they tend to inter-marry with whites (many straight white men seem to have a fetish for Asian women), so they will "disappear" into the general population over time.

    The same cannot be said of any other non-Europeans groups.

    "You should know from history that people like you are always on the losing end. Every. Single. Time."

    Actually, what anyone should know from history--and from the modern world--is that the most successful and stable and happy societies are the most homogeneous ones. The more heterogenous a country is, the greater the likelihood of conflict and misery and disunity.

    "in reality through generations of inter breeding and interaction we will have 1 human species with no separate races & with 1 world wide culture"

    LOL. Yeah, just look at all the love-fests around the world today. All the harmony. Kumbaya for everybody.

    And also check out your local gay bar, regardless of where you are, and notice how "diverse" the crowd is. LOL.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 3:57:22 PM

  16. my gay world is pretty diverse. just because you life in a closet isn't doesn't make it our problem, RICKy.

    are you gonna show your face today? no? didn't think so. you should consider fellating a shotgun, just like your daddy wanted you to do.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 20, 2013 4:01:30 PM

  17. "Last night, the citizens of Watertown cheered safety forces following the capture of Dhzokhar Tsarnaev"

    Wow, so you saw effeminate gay men hugging Pakistani Islamic fundamentalists as both cheered on blue-collar Irish police officers, most of whom despise both effeminate gays and Pakistani Islamic fundamentalists.

    How touching a scene that must have been. LOL

    Ironically, though, I found myself sympathizing with the young man in the boat, at least ideologically, if not with his having killed people. I think it is quite exciting to see how the entire Islamic world has rejected vociferously the attempts of Americans to impose their decaying culture by force upon them....and particularly, how they have rejected vociferously the feminism that is at the core of that decay....

    God bless them.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 4:27:46 PM

  18. If the human beings of the world were to randomly rut like wild animals and the French, then Diversity would cease to exist.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 20, 2013 3:53:45 PM

    Uhm , humans do rut like wild animals and always have and diversity breaks down

    the large nation states were an amalgamation of rutting animal esque humans and the breaking down of diversified clans tribes into a larger more unified culture and so on and so on

    That is humanity = rutting animals building up to larger and larger social groups from diversified smaller groups

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 20, 2013 5:10:07 PM

  19. PS

    rick america's decaying culture

    what pray tell is american culture?

    american culture is and always has been COMMERCIALISM. Jamestown the 1st settlement was a buisness venture set up by the crown to make a profit just like all the other early settlements. The pilgrims etc MUCH MUCH later were a crazy cult that england said emigrate to the colonies or face punishment for your crazyness. Then there was the dumping of the debtor prisoners down in the southern areas

    american culture was, is, and most likely always will be COMMERCIALISM/ Capitalism

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 20, 2013 5:14:24 PM

  20. LOL, it's a new world Rick. A globalized one. And immigration has always been a part of American history, and that's not gonna change anytime soon. A homogeneous society? Sorry dude, but that's not really a thing here in America and it never will be. Never. Again, brush up on a little bit of history, will ya? The US is always changing. It's not always easy, but it always is. So people like you can either embrace that fact, or you can stay grumpy about how us scary brown folks with our weird little cultures are ruining your all-white American fantasy.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Apr 20, 2013 5:25:55 PM

  21. It is really great to have such a good, decent and articulate man as Mr Obama as our President in times of trouble. His soaring rhetoric helps to lift us up. His own multi racial identity helps to bind us together.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 20, 2013 5:30:35 PM

  22. @Rick: if the people who moved here from Europe in the 1600s and 1700s "still all shared a broad Judeo-Christian tradition and the values of Western civilization," then why had there been a bloody conflict, at least partly due to religious differences, called the Thirty Years War (1618--1648)? That little squabble wiped out a non-negligible chunk of the population of Europe. German states lost between 25 and 40 percent of their populations.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 20, 2013 6:27:26 PM

  23. I think it could be a big mistake to try to invoke a Miranda-ruling exception. That exception was for situations in which there could be an immediate threat to public safety - the case that resulted in the exception was one in which a person who committed a crime ran into a store and hid in the back. The police caught him and found he had a gun holster but no gun. They asked were the gun was. The court ruled that the police did not have to give the standard Miranda warning before answering the question because a loaded gun plausibly lying around somewhere nearby could pose a direct risk to the public - suppose a little kid found it and started playing with it?

    Without a plausible immediate threat, the culprit's lawyer would have reasonable grounds for an appeal, so why take a risk on something that might result in a reduced sentence? It's possible that the culprit doesn't know very much anyway - for example if his brother was the instigator and he simply went along with whatever his brother wanted.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 20, 2013 7:07:49 PM

  24. All those yellow children running around the grounds of Monticello...the scandal of it all...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 20, 2013 7:11:28 PM

  25. I was born in a multicultural, 'progressive' city, I grew up in multicultural, 'progressive' cities, and live in one now. Trust me folks, for those of you who aren't familiar with such places [maybe you grew up and live in the boonies somewhere, or something]: there's no shortage of hate. All kinds of hate. From the left. From the right. From the frustrated. From the angry. I have met more than a few people, from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all skin tones, all ethncities, all religions including Atheist, who I'd regard as haters. And be wary of people and places that like to brag about how 'progressive' and accepting they are, how special and unique they are. They're often like many people who appear to be hip. Dig a little, and you find out they aren't so much.

    Anyway, everyone knows in their hearts what many 'progressives', especially those on the fringe, mean by celebrating diversity and 'equality' is white males = bad,need to be put in their place. 'minorities' are ALWAYS victims, even in places where they aren't a minority.

    The president is correct; this [Boston] is a tough town. We aren't the effete p*ssies many southerners think we are. Not by a long shot.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 20, 2013 8:25:35 PM

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