President Obama Seeks to Reassures the country After Attacks
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News September 19, 2016 Updated: 3:33 AM
President Barack Obama sought to reassure the country Monday following a series of suspected attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
“The FBI is investigating the Minnesota incident as a potential act of terrorism,” Obama said. “We will direct the full resources from the federal government to make sure that the investigation goes forward aggressively.”
“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.”
President Obama praised the response from citizens in New York City 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.”
President Obama spoke of the importance of combating the ideology that inspires attacks.
"We're going to continue to enlist tech companies and community and religious leaders to push back against online extremist content and all messages of hate," he said.
"They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they also want to inspire fear in all of us, and disrupt the way we live, to undermine our values," he said. "We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don’t succumb to that fear."