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April 19, 2013 - 7:28 am

At 10:08 a.m. Eastern time, nearly 12 hours after the slaying of an MIT police officer sparked a crime spree by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the first peep of news was heard from the White House.

It wasn’t any sort of official statement or updated guidance, but the first report from the White House press pool.

A White House official said shortly after 9:45 a.m. President Obama, joined by Vice President Biden, “convened a briefing in the White House Situation Room with his national security team on developments in the investigation as well as the events in Boston and Watertown, Mass.”

Participating in the briefing are Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan joined by video conference.

“The briefing is currently underway. This morning’s briefing is a follow-up to the regular briefings that the President received through the night as he was routinely updated on the investigation.”

Obama spoke at a memorial service in Boston yesterday. He only had closed-door meetings with advisers on his original schedule for today.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Tony Blinken was joined by Joe Biden...the smiling gaffe machine and Chuck Hagel, Obama's yes man.

That officially makes this a gathering of Blinken, Winkin' and Nod.
1 year ago
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Cut the president some slack. After all this is his second big disappointment in a row. First the Senate refuses to rubber stamp his gun control plan. Now it turns out that the bombers were not middle aged right wing white guys.
Must be devastating for the prez to see so many of his fondest wishes dashed on the rocks of reality.
1 year ago
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Probably to go over the NBA playoffs.

A president who goes to bed when an ambassador is under attack gets no slack from me.
1 year ago
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Participating in the briefing are Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry, and CIA Director John Brennan joined by video conference.

Is there even 1 person in this august gathering who would be involved in important issues of national security under any other president? The only one missing was Jabba the Hutt!
51 weeks ago
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He simply can't get the word Muslim out of his mouth.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Phew! Cut the POTUS some slack; at least he knows "why" these people "did it". They're Muslims; like Hasan, the Blind Sheik and all the 9/11 flyers, so maybe he can connect the dots? Somehow, I believe he's gonna have a problem with all the Muslim Brotherhood members that advise him in the WH; that are part of our Congress; that are part of our national security apparatus and also part of the propaganda and lawfare jihad arm of the MB over at CAIR and ISNA. THe POTUS is between a rock and a hard place right now and that's a fact Jack.
1 year ago
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The facts, jack, happen to be; Obama HAS HIS dots connected.
No one, in the administration, media, or Congress, will give him the credit for that.
His madrasa taught him that, jack.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama is facing his Waterloo in Watertown. Every resident of Watertown who didn't own a gun last night probably wished he had. Everyone (including he, himself) who thought that Obama could wish away terrorism, has discoverd he can't.
1 year ago
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Tony Blinken was joined by Joe Biden...the smiling gaffe machine and Chuck Hagel, Obama's yes man.

That officially makes this a gathering of Blinken, Winkin' and Nod.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Scaringly funny.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
your on a roll today. :)
1 year ago
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So now that we know that the bombing was carried out by Muslims, how long will it be before we are told that the bombing was our fault? Lets face it, white Conservative Christians must be responsible somehow.
1 year ago
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Check out Michael Moore's latest idiocy. It's US's fault, yup.
1 year ago
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"The Watertown police acted stupidly..."
1 year ago
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I presume this is his best and brightest man-caused-disaster meme control team. I'll keep me ears open for Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes handiwork.
1 year ago
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Cut the president some slack. After all this is his second big disappointment in a row. First the Senate refuses to rubber stamp his gun control plan. Now it turns out that the bombers were not middle aged right wing white guys.
Must be devastating for the prez to see so many of his fondest wishes dashed on the rocks of reality.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
A briefing, following a briefing, to talk about the situation in MA, followed by more meetings, interspersed with briefings, and a low key comment to the White House tools...oops, I mean press corp.

In the meantime, MA police have managed to locate and exterminate one of the rats and is hot on the tail of the second terrorist rat.
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