Video: VP Joe Biden Reacts to Bombing in Boston [UPDATES]


    Absolutely horrible (click here to see what happened in real time, but be warned that it’s graphic); all I can say is that my thoughts are with the victims of this cowardly, pathetic act of violence, and that I hope whoever did it is caught quickly and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Just despicable in every way.

    P.S. Here in Virginia, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling says, “Our thoughts are with the people of Boston, especially those who were injured or killed in this afternoon’s explosions.”  

    UPDATE: Coy Barefoot reports, “BREAKING. I spoke live on the program moments ago with Mark Lorenzoni, Mike Gaffney and others- all runners from the Cville area at the Boston Marathon are accounted for and okay, including UVA students.”

    UPDATE #2: ArlNow reports, “Metro Transit Police have stepped up patrols in response to this afternoon’s deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.”

    UPDATE #3: The Arlington Patch reports, “There were 82 runners from Arlington who participated in the race. It was not immediately clear whether any local runners were injured.”

    UPDATE #4: Sen. Mark Warner writes, “My heart goes out to those impacted by events in Boston, esp the 600+ Va runners and their friends and families. If you’re unable to find a loved one, please post here: or here:

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    • BEIJING- Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this evening following news of explosions at the Boston Marathon. The governor is currently in China on a trade mission. Chief of Staff Martin Kent briefed the governor by phone about this developing situation.

      “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston, and with marathon participants and attendees from around the country and the world, including many from here in Virginia, following the tragic events of this afternoon. There are no words that can properly express our grief and our concern. I have asked members of our Administration to immediately offer any and all assistance that Virginia can provide to Massachusetts in the days ahead. This is a sad day, but America is the strongest and greatest nation the world has ever known. When we face tragedy, we respond with unity, courage and resilience. We’ve seen that already this afternoon, from the very first reactions to this event. I know we will continue to see that kind of response from Boston in the days and weeks ahead. Virginia stands ready to help our friends in Massachusetts in any way possible.”


      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      6:11 P.M. EDT

          THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds.  And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.

      The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight.  And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.

      We don’t yet have all the answers.  But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.

      I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond.

      I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.

      I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families.  And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.

      Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak.  It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances.  And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.

      We still do not know who did this or why.  And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.  But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this.  And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this.  Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

      Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day.  It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the  earliest days of our nation.  And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition.  Boston is a tough and resilient town.  So are its people.  I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.  And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.

      You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings.  We’re still in the investigation stage at this point.  But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

      Thank you very much.

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    • Dorothy and I are praying for all the victims and families affected by the horrible tragedy in Boston. Today was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, a day that celebrates the best of America. We saw that spirit again in the quick response of first responders in Boston and in the outpouring of support from across the country, including in Virginia. Tonight, the people of Boston are in the hearts of all Virginians.