Pres. Obama to US: ‘Don’t succumb to that fear’ following suspected bombing incidents

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans Monday following a series of suspected bombing incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, and reaffirmed the US commitment to fighting the Islamic State.

"At moments like this, I think it's important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do: they want to hurt innocent people, but also inspire fear in all of us," Obama said in New York, where he is staying for the United Nations general assembly meetings this week. "Even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive ... we all have a role to play as citizens in make sure we don't succumb to that fear."

Obama praised the response from citizens in New York and New Jersey.

"Folks around here, you know, they don't get scared. They are tough, they are resilient, they go about their business every single day. And that kind of toughness and resoluteness and a recognition that neither individuals nor organizations like ISIL can ultimately undermine our way of life. That's the kind of strength that makes me so proud to be an American," Obama said, using another term for the Islamic State.

The President added, "By showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us, by showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear: that's going to be the most important ingredient in us defeating those who would carry out terrorist acts against us."

12 comments

    • GHOST OF CHIEF BRIER

      I agree. It’s as if the pathetic politicians are satisfied with a few injured here, a few injured there, a death here, a death there. As long as there’s no 9-11 where Citizens would demand a change in Leadership, they feel confident the huddled masses won’t do a thing. And the sad part is, they’re right.

  • Scott

    He seems to not understand that fear stems from the response (or lack thereof) vs the act itself. I don’t fear terrorism. I fear a government that refuses to call it what it is and to take some steps to mitigate the fear that naturally follows when NOTHING is done about it. I also don’t want to read one more quote from a leader who initially speculates that these attacks don’t have an international terror link (directed at you Gov Cuomo). Stop displaying your ignorance for the world to see.

  • Norell

    The people will take the brunt of the terror attachs, while this AH hides in the black house snorting coke with Clintons.

  • deletedagain

    The politicians who are so complacent are protected by the secret service and body guards to protect them. At the same time they enact laws to protect criminals and take any power from the police. And year after year they get reelected by the people who pay their wages.

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