“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
United States President Barack Obama
The White House Briefing Room just released President Obama’s remarks about the attacks across Paris Friday night.
The president started his remarks with the commitment that America stands “prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. We’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”
The president emphasized the shared values of France and America in our mutual commitment to “to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.” These are the values will “endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.”
The President shared that as of 5:45 p.m. Eastern time, we do not know all of the details of what happened in Paris. The situation is still unfolding. However, he committed to providing the American people with informational updates as they unfold.
I am greatly to live in a nation where we stand ready to serve thy neighbor, to help those in need, and where we do not tolerate terrorism. I want to thank President Obama for reassuring the American people during this time of crisis, while more importantly reassuring the people of France that we are allies, and together we will fight the war on terrorism.