VIDEO: Condoleezza Rice Talks Boston Bombings on CBS
CBS News Contributor and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it was "odd" that no one had yet claimed credit for the Boston bombings, as "normally these jihadist groups, the biggest ones like al Qaeda, would take some kind of responsibility," in an interview that aired live, today, April 17, 2013, on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00AM) on the CBS Television Network.
Rice discussed with Co-Hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell what happens in the White House during tough times, and what people might expect.
"Obviously in the White House these are the most difficult of days," she said. "The president has to be at once the comforter of the country, the person who pulls the country together under these difficult circumstances."
Rice told co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell that information would be "flooding into the national counterterrorism center from around the world" to help determine if there was a foreign connection, adding that President Obama has to be careful in sharing information with the American people so that he isn't "tipping off those who might have been responsible." Watch the appearance in full below.
Excerpts of the interview are below.
NORAH O'DONNELL: CBS News Contributor Condoleezza Rice was Secretary of State under George W. Bush and also served as his national security advisor. Thank you for joining us. Let me ask you about this. This is the first bomb attack on US soil since 9/11. What's going on inside the White House? You've been there at a time like this, about trying to figure things out.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE: First let me add my voice of condolence to the victims and their families, and prayers for the full recovery of those who were maimed. Obviously in the White House these are the most difficult of days. The president has to be at once the comforter of the country, the person who pulls the country together under these difficult circumstances. The White House will be very focused on preventing the next attack. Indeed the kinds of clues that John Miller was talking about are obviously to catch the perpetrators but also to get clues about whether or not there may be follow-on attacks planned. And then finally, it's just important to note that even though there's a much better apparatus for dealing with these issues, an entire Homeland Security apparatus, when it comes right down to it, the president feels the ultimate responsibility for the protection of the American people.