By Jared A. Favole
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Thursday will travel to Boston to attend an interfaith service for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions, the White House said Tuesday.
Mr. Obama has called Monday’s bombings a “heinous and cowardly act” and in two public speeches has vowed to hold accountable whoever is behind the attacks. The president has also urged people not to jump to conclusions about who was behind the bombings.
“What we don’t yet know,” he said from the White House on Tuesday, “is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”
Mr. Obama has traveled to memorial services several times over his presidency to console the nation during times of tragedy, most recently in December following a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Mr. Obama called the day of Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the elementary school, the worst day of his presidency.
Mr. Obama also attended memorial services for victims of mass shootings in Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Fort Hood, Texas among others.
The president has kept up the majority of his schedule since the attacks. At an event at the White House to honor NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Obama said: “One of the things that I firmly believe in is America is strong and we are resilient and we don’t let such cowardly acts get in the way of our lives.”
The president did, however, cancel a planned trip to the University of Kansas Friday.
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