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Obama pledges Boston ‘will finish the race’

President Obama visited a city in mourning Thursday, casting himself as an old friend as he promised that the perpetrators of the Marathon bombings would be brought to justice and that the community’s resilience would carry it forward.

Addressing more than 2,000 people, including many who witnessed the bombings, and millions more watching from work and home, Obama spoke with affection about his ties to Boston during an emotional interfaith service. Invoking the grit of marathoners, he told a rattled city that, in the aftermath of the attack, commitment to a free and open society would triumph over fear.

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