Romney: Obama ‘Superb’ During Boston Speech (+Video)

April 18, 2013 10:16 pm Last Updated: April 18, 2013 10:17 pm

Romney Obama ‘superb’: Former presidential challenger Mitt Romney described President Barack Obama’s speech in Boston as “superb,” it was reported.

Obama delivered a speech at a Boston church in the wake of the marathon bombings that left three dead and 170 injured.

“I thought the president gave a superb address to the people of this city and the state and the nation,” Romney told CNN. “It was an inspiring day.”

Romney was the former governor of Massachusetts and ran his presidential campaign from Boston. He now serves as chairman as Boston-based investment firm Solamere Capital.

“This is a learning opportunity,” Romney said of the investigation into suspects who carried out the bombing. “We should learn the lessons that come from this and apply them to the extent that we possibly can.”

Romney added: “We mourn, we grieve for those who are so badly injured and those who have lost their lives, but we also say, ‘Who has done this?’ And now it appears we’re zeroing in on serious suspects. Then of course we ask, why? Why would people be so demented, so stunted in their intellectual capacity, that they would do something so horrible? When I say intellectual capacity, I should say moral capacity. It’s hard to fathom.”

Obama spoke just hours before the FBI released photographs and video of two suspects and asked for the public’s help in identifying them.

In the midst of an emotional and trying stretch for the country and his presidency, Obama vowed to track down those responsible and lauded Boston’s “undaunted” spirit.

“Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act,” he told the gathering.

Indeed, Obama’s words underscored the stark reality that has left many Americans jittery. Even as authorities narrowed their search to two men captured on video, the suspects remained at large and their motives were still a mystery.

Speaking from the pulpit in the soaring cathedral, the president didn’t explicitly declare the deadly marathon explosions an “act of terror” as he did earlier in the week during remarks at the White House. But he showed little restraint in describing those responsible for the attack, calling them “small, stunted individuals.”

“Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice,” he said, as the crowd — some wearing bright yellow marathon jackets — applauded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.