WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama spoke briefly Monday after the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon saying although the person or persons responsible is not yet known, he is confident they will be brought to justice.
"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. We will find out who did this and we will found out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," the president said.
Obama said he was briefed by his Homeland Security team earlier Monday and the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to help with the investigation and coordinate the national response.
"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," Obama said.
"If the American people would 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," Obama continued.
He noted that Monday is Patriots Day in Massachusetts, a holiday that celebrates the free and independent spirit of Boston from the earliest days of the country and a day that draws the world to the streets of Boston in the spirit of friendly competition.
"Boston is a tough and resilient town and 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," Obama said.
"I've updated leaders of Congress in both parties. We want to reaffirm, in days like this there are no Republicans and Democrats. We are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens."
Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. Biden said during the call that his prayers were with those who suffered injuries.