Reactions to Boston Marathon bomb explosions

The Bay Area is reacting to horrific news of a bombing near the Boston Marathon’s finish line today that killed at least two people and injured at least 100.

Oakland Police said that although they have no reason to believe there’s any threat here, they’re keeping officers apprised of the situation in Boston and will have a more visible presence at tonight’s Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors games in collaboration with BART Police, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

Elected officials are weighing in, too.

From President Barack Obama’s live press briefing at the White House:

“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake – we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

“Today is a holiday in Massachusetts – Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”

From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

“My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones in these horrific explosions in Boston, and I am praying for the recovery of all those who were injured.”

From House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:

“Words cannot begin to express our sorrow for the families who are grieving so suddenly right now. The House of Representatives offers its prayers to the victims and the city of Boston. We also give thanks for the professionals and Good Samaritans who prevented further loss of life. This is a terrible day for all Americans, but we will carry on in the American spirit, and come together with grace and strength.”

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston today and with the families of all of the victims of this brutal attack. We pray for the health and recovery of those injured, for the witnesses to the explosions, and for the first responders who arrived on the scene to tend to the wounded and secure the area.

“Words are inadequate to console the loved ones of those lost at the Boston Marathon. But we will do what we can to care for them. We will ensure that justice will be done.

“Members of Congress stand ready to assist our partners in Boston and Massachusetts as they respond to this unspeakable tragedy. The entire nation will stand as a source of support and comfort to this community in the days to come.”

From Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (who is California’s acting governor during Gov. Jerry Brown’s ongoing trip to China):

Jennifer and I are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Boston today and our hearts go out to the victims’ families and their communities. There’s no indication of any threats to California or our local communities at this time. However, these events are a reminder to remain vigilant and always report anything unusual to your local law enforcement agency.

More, after the jump…

From Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo:

“We mourn the loss of life and the massive injuries sustained by so many people at the Boston Marathon today. As law enforcement sifts through the rubble for clues of motive, we are reminded that we live in perilous times and vigilance by all of us is critical. ‘If you see something, say something.’

“Justice will be done.”

From California Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles:

“The thoughts and prayers of all Californians are with the victims of today’s vicious and calculating attack, their families, and with the people of Boston, whose city has now joined the ranks of those communities directly affected by terrorism. We must be patient and allow law enforcement to do its job and investigate this appalling act of violence, and I am confident that the President is absolutely correct in stating that those who planned and carried out this attack will be brought to justice.”

From Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the bombings in Boston during the Boston Marathon yesterday. The attack is a painful reminder that the threat of terror is real, and we must remain vigilant and continue to take critical steps to protect our homeland.

“I will work with my colleagues on the Committee on Homeland Security to take action so such an attack does not happen again. I look forward to finding ways to increase the readiness of our first responders, enhance coordination between our federal and state law enforcement agencies and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure such as our borders and ports.

“As a runner, the attack is particularly personal as it marred what is typically a great event and turned it into a tragedy. Rest assured, we will bring those responsible to justice. I also want to share my gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officials who responded quickly and heroically to the scene.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.