Obama to Boston Victims: "You Will Run Again"
The President of the United States addressed a shocked and saddened city in emotional remarks during a prayer service in Boston.
In remarks delivered on Thursday, President Barack Obama remembered the victims who lost their lives in Monday's horrific Boston Marathon bombing. He also lifted up the "iconic" city that he says showed America what goodness in the face of evil truly looks like. "You will run again," he told the crowd at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. (READ THE TRANSCRIPT)
Remembering eight-year-old Martin Richard, the commander in chief said that the youngest victim's last moments were "as perfect as an 8-year-old boy could hope for," with his family eating ice cream at the marathon. He also spoke of the anguished grief of 29-year-old victim Krystle Campbell's mother when she told the president, "this doesn't make any sense." And of the 23-year-old Chinese graduate student, whose family mourns her loss from across oceans, "their heartache reminds us of the humanity we all share."
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The president also said that while Bostonians claim the city as their hometown, "we do too."
Obama also promised the backing of the nation in the days, weeks and months to come, saying, "you will run again" to thunderous applause. He added, "because that's what the people of Boston are made of. Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act ... it should be pretty clear by now they picked the wrong city to do it ... not here in Boston."