President Obama spoke this afternoon from the White House press briefing room, commenting on the developments this afternoon in Boston.
“We still do not know who did this or why and people should not jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this,” he said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
Though the president understandably did not use the word “terrorism,” since the motivations behind the explosions are still unclear, a White House official told NBC news, “Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror. However, we don’t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic.”