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Obama Gives Stirring Speech at Interfaith Service in Boston: VIDEO

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"We finish the race," President Obama told a crowd of survivors, runners, families, and local leaders at an interfaith service in Boston today:

And that’s what the perpetrators of such senseless violence — these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build, and think somehow that makes them important — that’s what they don’t understand. Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be — that is our power. That’s our strength.

That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive. We build, and we work, and we love — and we raise our kids to do the same. And we come together to celebrate life, and to walk our cities, and to cheer for our teams. When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans  — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street.

And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.

Watch his full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. A bomb won't beat you, but a culture of violence and weaselling representatives will ensure that it's business as usual in supplying weaponry and ensuring that media talking points are about abstract enemies.

    "Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be — that is our power"

    Wishful thinking sadly.

    Posted by: Mike W | Apr 18, 2013 8:15:43 PM


  2. I thought the speech was trite.

    Did his staff just throw their cardfile-box of speech-writing clichés into the air and copy down the results that landed face-up?

    Public-speaking in moments of National Crisis has certainly gone down-hill since the death of Sir Winston S. Churchill.

    Posted by: TYed B. (Charging Rhino) | Apr 18, 2013 8:29:28 PM


  3. I was moved, and loved the running/marathon metaphors that he wove into the speech.

    Posted by: Marty | Apr 18, 2013 9:07:57 PM


  4. I was moved, and loved the running/marathon metaphors that he wove into the speech.

    Posted by: Marty | Apr 18, 2013 9:07:58 PM


  5. Arrogant bucket of barf.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 18, 2013 9:20:10 PM


  6. Arrogant how? Get over yourself. Great speech Mr. President!

    Posted by: Brian T. | Apr 18, 2013 9:53:34 PM


  7. Don't feed trolls. That is all.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Apr 18, 2013 9:54:26 PM


  8. As my cousin (a 60-something woman with breast cancer) said the day before the bombing, "every time Obama speaks, I'm so happy."

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 18, 2013 11:37:18 PM


  9. I was present and the President was as eloquent and sincere as anyone of you would have been had you the responsibility of moving this city racked in pain, suffering, death, fear!! Say what you will, and some of you are obviously not fans of POTUS, but this man did what a President MUST DO. I sat there reflecting on the presence of Mitt Romney and realized there was no way he could have done with the emotion and care what President Obama did today!!!!

    Posted by: aj | Apr 18, 2013 11:45:21 PM


  10. p.o.s.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 18, 2013 11:49:56 PM


  11. An inspirational speech given by a good and decent man who helps to lift our nation up in times of trouble.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 19, 2013 12:21:39 AM


  12. David, That p.o.s would be your mother!

    Posted by: I HATE DAVID HEARNE | Apr 19, 2013 1:37:43 AM


  13. My thoughts and prayers are still with the fine folks of Boston who were affected by this awful act. I'm glad the POTUS finally deigned to show up in Boston. Andy, where's your post on Obama's "petulant cry-baby speech", you know- the simpering, whine-fest he sobbed out after the drubbing of that misguided gun bill?

    Posted by: uhhhhhh...huh | Apr 19, 2013 3:28:25 AM


  14. I see the right wing hatemongers are here to rejoice in the the murder of the the bombing victims and sh!t on the graves of the children slaughtered at Sandyhook.

    But they have only proven themselves to be the worse that the human has to offer.

    Posted by: ELI | Apr 19, 2013 7:12:03 AM


  15. I'm praying for the people of Pakistan who will be murdered by US terrorist drones in their country today.

    I am praying for the victims in Boston as well today.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 19, 2013 10:50:41 AM


  16. Talking turd.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 19, 2013 11:53:06 AM


  17. @ Hagatha Hearne

    Keyboard typing turd.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 19, 2013 4:41:15 PM


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