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Obama On Boston Bombing: Lindsey Graham 'Is Not Right'

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's handling of the Boston bombings, refuting an accusation by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that the attacks were the administration's fault.

"Mr. Graham is not right on this issue, although it may have generated some headlines," he said in a press conference.

"I have no idea who bears the blame. I just know the system is broken. The ultimate blame I think is with the administration," Graham told CNN Thursday.

Obama pointed to the government's response after the bombings. "I think that what we saw in Boston was state, local, federal officials, every agency, rallying around a city that had been attacked, identifying the perpetrators just hours after the scene had been examined," he said. "We now have one individual deceased, one in custody. Charges have been brought."

"What I can say is, is that based on what I've seen so far, the FBI performed its duties; Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing," he added.

He also disputed the notion that people should be afraid to spend time in public places after the April 15 bombing, which occurred in downtown Boston. "You don't get a sense that anybody's intimidated when they go to Fenway Park a couple days after the bombing," he said. "There are joggers right now, I guarantee you, all throughout Boston and Cambridge and Watertown."

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