Obama - We Would Provide Whatever Support Is Needed

Obama - We Would Provide Whatever Support Is Needed

The

president was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco

shortly after 3p.m. EDT. Immediately President Barack Obama has called Boston’s

mayor and the Massachusetts governor to express his concern for those injured

Obama also

assured Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick that his administration would

provide whatever support was needed in responding to the incident, the White

Vice

President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when

staffers turned on televisions in his office to view coverage of the

‘‘Apparently

there has been a bombing,’’ Biden said. ‘‘I don’t know any of the details of

what caused it, who did it. I don’t think it exists yet. But our prayers are

Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service

shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area

with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off

The White

House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to

be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

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