“Boston is the perfect state of grace,” President Obama, quoting E.B. White, said during his remarks at the interfaith memorial service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Praising the city’s fighting spirit following the Boston Marathon bombing, Obama sought to remind Bostonians that the country stands with them — and the perpetrators will face justice.
The “spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed,” the president stated, striking a tone of resilience that dominated much of the speech.
“Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city,” Obama said. “Every one of us stands with you.” Reflecting on how “Boston opens its heart to the world,” the president told residents, “Boston is your hometown but we claim it a little bit too.”
Growing more personal, Obama reminisced that “there’s a piece of Boston in me” — recalling his days as a Harvard Law student and the 2004 Democratic convention. “Boston,” he said, “you’re my home.”
Paying tribute to the victims, their families, and those injured, Obama offered condolences and encouraged, “You will run again.” He became noticeably emotional as he spoke about eight-year-old victim Martin Richard. “No more hurting people,” the president stated twice, quoting from a poster Richard once made. “Peace.”
Telling the attackers they “picked the wrong city,” he later earned a standing ovation after emphatically declaring, “Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act.”
The world will return to Boston next year, Obama vowed, “to run harder than ever.”
“Bet on it.”
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