Obama Calls Boston Bombing Perpetrators ‘Small, Stunted Individuals’

President Barack Obama eulogized the victims of the Boston marathon bombing at an interfaith service in the city on Thursday, promising that those responsible will be found and brought to justice.

“On that toughest mile, just when we think that we hit a wall, someone will be there to cheer us on and pick us up if we fall,” he said. “We know that and that’s what the perpetrators of such senseless violence, these small stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build and think somehow that makes them important, that’s what they don’t understand.

He added: “Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be, that is our power. That’s our strength. That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive. We build and we work and we love and we raise our kids to do the same.”

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