April 23, 2014

Thursday Evening Thread: President Obama Speaks at Interfaith Service in Boston, MA (UPDATED w/VIDEO)

TRANSCRIPT:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, Boston. Scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. Run with endurance the race that is set before us.

On Monday morning, the sun rose over Boston. The sunlight glistened off the State House Dome. In the commons, in the public garden, spring was in bloom. On this Patriot’s Day, like so many before, fans jumped onto the T to see the Sox at Fenway. In Hopkinton, runners laced up their shoes and set out on a 26.2-mile test of dedication and grit and the human spirit.

And across this city, hundreds of thousands Bostonians lined the streets to hand the runners cups of water, to cheer them on. It was a beautiful day to be in Boston, a day that explains why a poet once wrote that this town is not just a capital, not just a place. Boston, he said, is the perfect state of grace. (Applause.)

And then, in an instant, the day’s beauty was shattered. A celebration became a tragedy. And so we come together to pray and mourn and measure our loss. But we also come together today to reclaim that state of grace, to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of the country shall remained undimmed.

To Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, Cardinal O’Malley and all the faith leaders who are here, governors Romney, Swift, Weld and Dukakis, members of Congress, and most of all, the people of Boston and the families who’ve lost a piece of your heart, we thank you for your leadership. We thank you for your courage. We thank you for your grace.

I’m here today on behalf of the American people with a simple message. Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. Every one of us stands with you. Because, after all, it’s our beloved city, too. Boston may be your hometown but we claim it, too. It’s one of America’s iconic cities. It’s one of the world’s great cities. And one of the reason(s), the world knows Boston so well is that Boston opens its heart to the world.

 

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  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — AGAIN- – THANK U 4 makin’ THIS HAPPEN.- –Sorry that I missed it. soooo I’ll watch it on review:

    - —– – -Watch President Obama’s Remarks at Boston Interfaith Service- -:>)
    - -EVER COMPASSIONATE/INSPIRING/UPLIFTING.- — -THANK U- -SIR.

    —– – No OTHER PRESIDENT has BEEN sooo AMAZING. NONE. :>)

    • gc

      Sobbed through that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Gc. ***BIG – Comfortin’ -HUG*** :>)
        - — I KNOW- -HUH.?- -:>)- —

        – -He/THEY have the KINDEST —MOST COMPASSIONATE ♥s.- – -
        The White House has NEVA seen this level of CONCERN- —FOR the PEOPLE. —NOR will it EVA AGAIN.- – :>)
        BLESS HIM/THEM♥ – - –AMEN.

        Good 2 C U Gc[ 1 CONCERNIN' -- -STOMP♥ --4 U. :>)]

  • Miranda

    The NRA blatantly buys enough votes to kill a mild background check bill. The man that sent poison through the mail has been pushed to the side by the media…he doesn’t fill a narrative. The two troubled young men who terrorized the city of Boston and murdered citizens are simply suspects and we should reserve judgement. And a Texas plant violated all kinds of regulations and put its workers in danger and now many of them are dead or gravely injured.

    Quite the week.

  • goldenstar

    I’m watching the PBS In Performance at the White House Special on Memphis music and PBO and FLOTUS are jammin’ in their seats. LOL

  • rikyrah

    18
    Apr
    13

    A word from Don
    By Chipsticks

    So John King is apoplectic that people are questioning if he’s a racist or not, too bad, he signed up for it when he went on national t.v. and said the Boston bombing suspects were black….I mean dark skinned. Let me tell you what I didn’t sign up for, I didn’t sign up to be followed around a department store, I didn’t sign up to have women clutch their purses as they walk in my direction, I didn’t sign up to hear the sound of car doors being locked as I crossed the goddamn street with bags of groceries in both arms, I didn’t sign up to walk in a bank to get some money out of my account and have the teller walk in a back room with my I.D. and have me wait for twenty fucking minutes just to get money out of my account, I didn’t sign up to have some white guy ask me I if was from this country just because I knew who Leon Panetta was, I didn’t sign up to have a realtor question me about my credit score and whether or not I’ve ever been arrested before I could finish saying hello, I didn’t sign up to have a waiter tell me the food in the restaurant I was in was expensive before he gave my wife and I the fucking menu. I’m not telling you these things because I’m looking for sympathy, I’m just telling you about the shit that the average black man has to put up with, so when John King gets upset at getting called out for an error he made, he should get on his goddamn knees and pray to his god that he doesn’t have to go through the same bullshit that the average black guy walking down the street does. Am I angry, hell yes, have I given up hope about the idea that a person should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, hell no.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/04/18/a-word-from-don/

  • Miranda

    Honest Toddler@HonestToddler
    Tonight’s bedtime story was about three pigs struggling with repeat home invasions. Thanks for the new fear.

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Alma98

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias for the humor,

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda- -THAT site is the – –FUNNY BIZNESS. LOL- – -
      Seeeeeeee —- LOL –Thanks 4 da laff. :>) -

  • rikyrah

    john
    miller @deaconmill

    The corporate media has a problem. They are under orders
    not to use the phrase “RW domestic terrorism”. “Lone wolf” is acceptable. For
    2?

    7:53 PM – 18 Apr 2013

  • rikyrah

    Awesomely
    Luvvie @Luvvie

    If they’re brown, none of our asses gon have peace if we
    stand next to finish lines ever again. If they’re white “oh it’s just these 2
    ppl”

    5:25 PM – 18 Apr 2013

  • TyrenM

    Imma have to turn my TV off. Raychul already starting on crazy or dumb. Every word but terrorist. Her guest talking about “are they anarchists or al-queda? We don’t know.”
    I ain’t worried about al-queda. I’m worried about al-cracker. (You already know where that came from, but damn if it don’t fit today as much as when it came out after Columbine.)

    • trose1

      LOL I like Al Cracker, can I use that term?

    • Aquagranny911

      Can I just blatantly steal “al-cracker?” And “anarchists” my round lumpy ass! These are teapotty “Don’t Tread on Me & my guns & I hate POC” nutbuckets.

      I can speculate just as well as CNN & CO. I think I said this already. Estupido dizzy biscuit with her anarchist caca.

      • Alma98

        Al-cracker is from a Chris Rock routine, the whole thing is hilarious.

        • Aquagranny911

          I love Chris Rock but I never saw that, will have to look it up but I will steal it anyway. Let Chris find me & sue me, lol.

          • Alma98

            I’m sure he wouldn’t mind you using it lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            Probably not. He’s always reminded me a lot of George Lopez, who I just love. Both really funny good guys.

        • TyrenM

          Correct!

        • rikyrah

          here it is

          • Alma98

            Thanks!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      - — – LOL —- — -***soooo **tiptoein’ —OUT of the ROOM — with THAT- -Al-Cracker.- –LOL

      THANK U. :>)- — -Good 2 C U. :>) –

  • lamh36

    shocked no one has mashed up POTUS speech with this song by FUN – Carry On http://t.co/9APRLDsPdo

  • TresL

    Since the explosion in TX was a man-made disaster, likely brought on by greed, neglect and a basic disregard for employee safety, would they qualify for disaster relief?

    • Miranda

      Yeah, though the company might as well file for Chapter 11 right now because they are done. But as far as disaster relief, this wouldn’t be any different from when an arsonist causes massive wildfires and disaster relief is still applicable because of the amount of damage.

      • TresL

        Thanks, I guess I was just looking for an out for PBO since TX hates the federal government so much they’ve threatened to secede at least 3 times that I’m aware of since PBO’s election and re-election. I think they even petitioned the Whitehouse through the We The People site and had 50 – 60,000 signatures. I know this ridiculousness is not reflective of all Texans but their office holders are such a despicable and racist bunch that my only response to their request is, “Please leave; the country would become exponentially more intelligent after your exit.

    • AxelFoley

      For the victims, my sympathies. For Rick Perry, eat a bag of dicks and clean this shit up yourself. Remember, ya’ll want to secede so bad.

  • Miranda

    Michael Skolnik@MichaelSkolnik
    just saw FBI photo without blurred faces. suspect #2 put backpack down right next to Martin Richard, who is in the photo.

    • AxelFoley

      Damn, bastard put it down right next to that poor child.

      There’s a special place in hell for that muthafucka.

  • Miranda

    If you are on twitter, please report to @twitter this fake account: @SybrinaFulton1

  • Miranda

    Boston Bombing Victim in Iconic Photo Helped Identify Attackers

    Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

    Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.

    Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.

    “He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.

    more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/boston-bombing-victim-in-iconic-photo-helped-identify-attackers.html

    • goldenstar

      Chilling. Absolutely chilling.

  • Miranda

    Adolphus Busch IV resigns NRA membership

    ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – One day after the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have expanded background checks on guns, one of St. Louis’ most powerful and staunch supporters of gun rights ended his lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

    In an email sent exclusively to NewsChannel 5′s Leisa Zigman, Adolphus Busch IV, an heir to the Busch family fortune, asked the gun rights group to “immediately” remove his name from its membership roles.

    An avid environmentalist and hunter, guns have been a part of Busch’s life since he was a child.

    more here:http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/376098/3/KSDK-Exclusive-Adolphus-Busch-IV-resigns-NRA-membership-

    • isonprize

      I hope more prominent and not-so-prominent people do this.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Evenin’ POU FAM♥- — ***BIG HUG*** :>) — WAY-ELL- — -There was a “band” –at dinner.- — I’m baaaaack. — LOL- -

    - – -SPEAKIN’ of BANDS: – - -How KIND is THIS? – -:>)

    - — -Nelson to Play Benefit for Blast Victims—His Neighbors- –:>)
    - — –Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. Nelson still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by last night’s explosion that left an unknown number of people dead and more than 160 hurt. He remembers riding his bike the short distance between the towns
    and still has many friends and family there. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of West,” Nelson said in an interview before taping a CMT Crossroads special in Nashville.

    THERE IS MORE. — – -THANK U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- —Been thinkin’ about Gov Patrick annnnd his KINDNESS annnd –COMPASSION. :>)- –Sooo REFRESHIN’ –:>)- -

    — -Gov. Patrick visits Martin Richard’s family: ‘We have all felt their loss’- -

    —- -Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spent Wednesday at local hospitals visiting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. He met with Denise and Bill Richard, the parents of 8-year old Martin Richard, who died in the blast.
    “This is a wonderful family surrounded by a very loving community, and we have all felt their loss,” said Gov. Patrick.

    The Richard’s daughter Jane had surgery for her leg Wednesday and hermother, Denise, is in stable condition. The governor told MSNBC’s
    Lawrence O’Donnell, “She’s feeling all those layers of emotion both
    sense of loss and the importance of rallying for Henry and Jane and Bill
    and for herself.”
    Governor Patrick became emotional when discussing a photo of Martin. “When I spoke to Bill yesterday, he reminded me about a photograph he has of Martin when he was only 2 or 3 years old holding a campaign sign.”

    THERE IS MORE.- — – -BLESS HIM♥- –

  • TyrenM

    Terrorism and Privilege: Understanding the Power of Whiteness. From Tim Wise:
    …we will not be asked to denounce him or her, so as to prove our own loyalties to the common national good.

    White privilege is knowing that if you are a white student from Nebraska — as opposed to, say, a student from Saudi Arabia — that no one, and I mean no one would think it important to detain and question you in the wake of a bombing.

    and white privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white,
    the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or
    mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to
    ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns
    out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Belfast. And if he’s an Italian American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.

    http://www.timwise.org/2013/04/terrorism-and-privilege-understanding-the-power-of-whiteness/

    • isonprize

      Welp! He certainly does name some names…

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -BREAKING:—An OFFICER was SHOT annnnd KILLED — on the campus of M.I.T. - — -OMWORD.- – -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY annnnnd FRIENDS AMEN.

    • Alma98

      WTH is going on this month!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma98. – — ***BIG HUG**- – -I KNOW -HUH!? – -
        ——-***shakin’ my head**- – - -SORROWFULLY. – -

    • http://twitter.com/DAOWENS44 Dannie Owens

      hey GLH!! they setting it off tonight

  • TyrenM

    Here I go. Up past “bedtime” again. On now “Life After” with Jayne Kennedy, my first “wife.” Posters, Miss Ohio, NFL Today – I loved her from way back. And she’s still beautiful. Have a good night all.

    • isonprize

      I remember my Daddy picking up the mail. Jayne was on the cover of Ebony. He didn’t know that I heard him say “There oughta be a law against a woman being that fine! um, um, um!” LOLOLOL

  • isonprize
  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -MASSACHUSETTES – -WHA’???_ – —POLICE PRESENCE IN WATERTOWN!- — – -EXPLOSIONS!!– -

  • isonprize

    IF you are a nightowl like me, here is a live Boston feed.

    http://livewire.wcvb.com/Event/117th_Running_of_Boston_Marathon

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY isonprize. This is sooo- – -tragic. Prayin’.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – –“What’s Going On”??- -

    - – — -PRAYIN’ 4 da WORLD. AMEN.- – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -Dear POU FAM♥ —G’NIGHT. ♥ –WISHIN’ U BLESSED SWEET DREAMS- – -♥- -♥ :>) –- -:>)

    – - – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT♥ :>) –B BLESSED♥ –

    - — – -PRAYIN’ 4 BOSTON- –AMEN. – - -

  • rikyrah

    Ann Curry was ‘tortured’ by Today staff, never given a chance, and her clothes compared to Big Bird… and top producer plotted to oust her in ‘Operation Bambi’

    By Daily Mail Reporter

    PUBLISHED:09:39 EST, 18 April 2013| UPDATED: 10:30 EST, 18 April 2013

    Ann Curry was left embarrassed when she was ousted as the co-host of Today Show, but according to new revelations, that was only the final chapter in a long and humiliating behind-the-scenes campaign against her.

    A recent New York Times Magazine piece about the Today Show debacle claims that Curry felt that her final months before her departure were a form of ‘professional torture.’

    Describing it as a hostile ‘boys’ club atmosphere’ on the set of the show, Curry complained to friends that many of her male co-workers would often be intentionally mean to her.

    At one point, the Times reports that Today Executive Producer Jim Bell had a blooper reel made poking fun at Curry’s most egregious on-air mistakes.

    On a separate occasion, Bell called staffers into his office to make fun of a gaffe Curry made. Bell, however, has denied both incidents.

    In yet another slight against her, a box of Curry’s belongings were shoved by someone into a coat closet as if she had already been ousted.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311120/Ann-Curry-tortured-Today-staff-given-chance-clothes-compared-Big-Bird–producer-plotted-oust-Operation-Bambi.html#ixzz2QtyqeYlC
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  • rikyrah

    Why the Senate Vote May Signal 2016 Problems for the Gun Lobby

    By Ronald Brownstein

    Updated: April 18, 2013 | 8:31 p.m.
    April 18, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.

    The outcome of Wednesday’s dramatic Senate vote on expanding background checks simultaneously demonstrated the difficult geography confronting gun-control advocates in the Senate and the potentially daunting math facing gun-rights proponents in the Electoral College.

    On the one hand, the defeat showed how difficult it is for gun-control advocates to reach the 60-vote threshold required to break a filibuster in an institution whose two-senator-per-state apportionment magnifies the impact of small, heavily rural states where guns are interwoven into the culture.

    On the other, the vote suggested that, after years in which gun-control has been sublimated as a political issue, support for expanding background checks and possibly further steps has again become a political norm in almost all of the blue-leaning states that underpin the recent Democratic advantage in the race for the White House.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-the-senate-vote-may-signal-2016-problems-for-the-gun-lobby-20130418?page=1

  • rikyrah

    A Shameful Day in the Senate

    The NRA got its victory, but Michael Tomasky is confident that, years from now, we’ll look back on yesterday as the moment when the gun lobby overreached—and laid the groundwork for its own undoing.
    by Michael TomaskyApr 18, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Every strong political movement, besotted with the fragrance of its own power, hits the point of overreach, and the pro-gun movement hit that point yesterday in the morally repulsive Senate vote on the background-checks bill. We all know the old cliché that the National Rifle Association has power because its members vote on the guns issue, while gun-control people aren’t zealots. Well, Wayne LaPierre and 46 craven senators, that “majority” of the Senate, have just created millions of zealots, and as furious as I am, I’m also strangely at peace, because I’m more confident than ever that the NRA will never, ever be stronger in Washington than it was yesterday.

    Historians will see this recent debate, culminating in yesterday’s vote, as the time when the gun-control lobby grew and coalesced. The gun issue, since the 1970s a blunt instrument used mainly to bully rural-state Democrats, is going to start turning into the opposite: pressure on blue- and purple-state Republicans to vote at least for modest measures. And make no mistake, what the Senate voted on yesterday was modest; far too modest, in that we can’t even discuss banning the online sale of limitless amounts of ammunition. The NRA won this one, but as President Obama said in some of the most passionate remarks of his public life yesterday evening, this is just “round one.” More rounds are coming, and the balance of power is going to change.

    You cannot oppose the will of 90 percent of the public and expect no consequences. You can’t have people saying what Rand Paul said, that monstrous comment of his about Newtown parents being “props,” and think that you haven’t offended and infuriated millions of people. You can’t introduce amendments that encourage more interstate transfer of weapons and give it the way-beyond-Orwellian name “safe communities” act and think that karma will never come back around on you. And you can’t sneer at the parents of dead 6-year-olds and expect that God isn’t watching and taking notes.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/18/a-shameful-day-in-the-senate.html