Video: Obama weighs in on Trayvon Martin case; Update: Romney, Gingrich comment

posted at 12:45 pm on March 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As one White House correspondent noted on Twitter, President Obama’s response to a question about the Trayvon Martin shooting was unusual in that he doesn’t usually respond to shouted questions from the press corps. Clearly, Obama wanted to talk about the incident after several days of debate over the killing of an unarmed teenager in Florida, and the lack of charges from local law enforcement:

I suspect that this part of Obama’s statement will rankle some:

Obama said Trayvon Martin’s death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

I’ve already gotten e-mails claiming that Obama played the race card, but that’s been an important part of the context of this case all along.  All things considered, Obama’s statement was rather restrained.  He seems to have learned a lesson from the Henry Gates incident in 2009, to which Obama reacted by claiming that law enforcement officers “acted stupidly” in the same breath in which he said that he didn’t have all of the facts of the case.  Instead, this time Obama restricted his commentary to noting how any American parent would want a full investigation of the incident, and praising Florida Governor Rick Scott for launching a task-force investigation of the incident.

The DoJ will probe the shooting, too, which Obama noted but which had already been announced.  However, there is almost no chance that the federal government will have any opening, since George Zimmerman wasn’t an agent of the state or local government.  That makes prosecuting Zimmerman under civil-rights legislation almost impossible, especially given the circumstances of the initial assault.  Be sure to see the lengthy explanation of Florida’s self-defense laws in my earlier post to see why Zimmerman will probably face some sort of prosecution if the stated facts of the case are borne out, but that will come from the county or state level, not federal.

Meanwhile, the media leaped at the chance to compare Obama’s statement to the silence from Republican presidential candidates on the shooting.  That’s a bit silly; even Obama took quite a while to comment on the case, and as Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes at Electronic Urban Report, for the same reasons:

Obama, as all sitting presidents, doesn’t take positions on controversial state issues, and that’s the key. They are state issues, and to interfere is to step into a political minefield that would do far more harm than good. It would violate the rigid separation of federal and state powers. It would open the floodgate for any and every individual and group that has a legal wrong, grievance, or injustice to expect, even demand, that the president speak out on their cause. While tens of thousands nationally and globally are rallying behind the demand for arrest and prosecution of Zimmerman, there are millions more that quietly and openly demand that Florida officials resists any rush to judgment about the Martin killing.

Presidential statements on a controversial issue will polarize, and fuel political backlash. This would certainly be the case if Obama utters a word about Martin. In fact, the Martin slaying is a near textbook example of the fury and passion that racial leaden cases and issues always stir. Martin is African-American, and his self-admitted killer is non-black. Obama is African-American and there’s rarely been a moment during his tenure in the White House that he hasn’t been relentlessly reminded of that. The one time that he gingerly ventured into the minefield on a racially charged local issue was his mild rebuke of the white officer that cuffed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in 2009. The reaction was instant and rabid. Polls after his mild rebuke showed that a majority of whites condemned Obama for backing Gates and, even more ominously, expressed big doubts about his policies.

The president relearned a bitter lesson. If you speak out on an issue that involves race, police authority, and local law and local matters you will pay a heavy political price for it. While presidents have routinely spoken out on the deaths of police officers, political initiatives in states, and other local issues, there is no implication or inference of political partisanship or interference in a state matter. Speaking out on a controversial racial issue, as Martin is, would have a direct political inference, namely that the president is taking sides. In an election year, this would have be even more problematic. The GOP presidential contenders would be quick to pounce and would lambaste Obama as playing the race card and inflaming passions. Or, more charitably, that he was butting into an issue that he has no authority over, and that this is yet another example of the White House’s over reach on local matters.

The Trayvon Martin shooting does raise questions about self-defense laws and carry permit legislation only if Zimmerman didn’t violate either of them in the shooting, which seems unlikely under the circumstances.  Those, however, are state-level issues, not federal, so presidential candidates (and Presidents) aren’t under any requirement to share their thoughts.

Update: Rep. Allen West has called the lack of action against Zimmerman “an outrage,” through his Facebook page:

Noting that he had taken some time to “assess the current episode,” West wrote: “The US Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days. The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit. From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him….against the direction of the 911 responder.”

The congressman added: “Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.”

The Florida lawmaker said that he had signed a letter supporting the Justice Department’s investigation but that he did not plan to attend protests in Florida “to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences.”

That went much farther than Obama did, although as a Representative elected from Florida, West has more political connection to what happens in the state.

Update: Mediate notes that Mitt Romney has made a statement today about the case, and Newt Gingrich did last night:

Shortly after President Obama spoke out for the first time on the killing of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney followed suit, issuing a statement, through a spokesperson, which read “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

Romney’s statement was similar to comments made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who told CNN’s Piers Morgan, last night, that “I think that Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy, and it is a tragedy, that we’re going to relentlessly seek justice. And I think that’s the right thing to do.”

 


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“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

If you had a son, he’d be surrounded by 25 Secret Service agents, you twit.

So how many times were you arrested for being black, Barry?

disa on March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

No comment on the hundreds of Mexican’s killed with his policies…

right2bright on March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

So how many times were you arrested for being black, Barry?

disa on March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The other question is…What have you received for being black?

right2bright on March 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

President Buzzfeed.

gaius on March 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Obama opened his statement by claiming as the head of the Executive Branch that he oversees the AG and the AG reports to him. Of course, that’s unless it has to do with Fast & Furious.

swellhotair on March 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

thank you lsm for overblowing this situation….good job

this is not a national issue…

cmsinaz on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Aaron Worthington has a good piece up here:
http://allergic2bull.blogspot.com/2012/03/reasonable-beliefs-prejudice-myth-and.html

I’m just going to wait for more facts to develop before making any judgement.

rbj on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The congressman added: “Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.”

And leave hypocritical lefties bereft of an opportunity to drag Trayvon’s corpse around as an election-year prop?

Why do you hate democracy, Mr. West?

Bishop on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

How can this be a violation of Federal Civil Rights laws? We know that only pertains to whites against blacks in this administration, and the shooter is hispanic.

NOMOBO on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Go to Breitbart (via Drudge) and see MSNBC identify the culprits: Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. I’ve about had it. It wasn’t 20-30 years ago when such a slander would get a “news reporter” fired in 5 minutes for that. Pure bias. Jump the shark.

Marcus on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Rep. West needs to ask for the 911 tape before wading too deep into this one.

One witness, who is refusing to show his face to the public, is claiming that Trayvon was the aggressor and that Zimmerman was being beaten and pleading for help at the time of the shooting.

If the 911 tape supports that, then the actions or lack thereof by the local PD may actually be defensible.

teke184 on March 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

So…

Post-racial husting…

What a putz.

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Is the shooting (pending more info about what actually happened) a tragedy?

Yes.

Is it such a tragedy that it should attract the attention of the nation?

NO.

Scores of black youth die at each other’s hands every month and there isn’t a peep out of anyone. Or, when a white kid is beaten, robbed or killed at the hands of a black kid, all it draws is either a big fat “meh” or “it’s understandable” from the likes of the race baiters.

Rixon on March 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

A slimy politician trying to excite his base…

M240H on March 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

How about the MSNBC journlist stating that Newt, Rick and Rush are the reason for this…even saying that Rush coined the phrase “Magic Neg**”, and of course that is not true, it was a liberal who pegged Obama with that.
Here

right2bright on March 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

WHO WRITES THIS CRAP. ED WTH IS THIS LONG LOUNDARY LIST ON CRAP YOU COPIED AND PASTED.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

No, I think Obama has just been more crafty in his response as opposed to the Gates incident. That is, more purely Obama-esque.

He indeed has played the race card, albeit in a surreptitious way. There is no doubt who he supports, despite that all the facts are not yet known.

This may play well with some in the African American community. But it will put more distance between Obama and many voters. In absence of conclusive evidence, it looks opportunistic. Especially in Florida- a key electoral state. Look for a trip to that state and further gratuitous expounding on the subject as an odious means to rally supporters. In the end, it will backfire with a majority of Floridians.

He is truly, the most divisive President of our age.

Marcus Traianus on March 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Good stuff…

Any black man who dodges a race question is nothing but a coward.

Obama did the right thing.

social-justice on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Since the shooter is Latino, why does Obama (and MSNBC) hate Latinos?

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Also on Drudge: Farrakan and The Rev Al calling for violence.

Gun sales are going to sky-rocket. Again.

Marcus on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I just think that when he was asked about this he should have declined to answer instead saying it was an ongoing investigation. What bothered me about it was he had to inject himself personally into it by saying the “If he had a Son” line,and also using his Daughters.

sandee on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Just as in the Gates case and the Duke lacrosse case, there could be quite a few facts that we don’t have yet. Instead of Al Sharpton firing up the Tawana Brawley Express to get in front of as many TV cameras as possible, why doesn’t everyone just take a deep breath and wait and see what comes out? I know dumb question.

Frank Drebin on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

If Obama had a son he’d be surrounded by two dozen Secret Service agents and frolicking in southern Mexico on the taxpayers dime.

Mike Honcho on March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Allen West……the only adult in room it would appear.

Fighton03 on March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Marcus on March 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Accused killer ‘spanish-speaking minority with many black family members and friends’…

via drudge
will you hear that on msdnc?

cmsinaz on March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

If you had a son, he’d be surrounded by 25 Secret Service agents, you twit.

So how many times were you arrested for being black, Barry?

disa on March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

If he had a son, the boy would look black. Which part don’t you get?

social-justice on March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I will still not vote for him…

social-justice on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I like the facts not known meme and the one neighbor said …..

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The other question is…What have you received for being black?

right2bright on March 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Ah, the soft man with the soft hands who doesn’t break a sweat even when he’s working out? He’s was preselected to be POTUS by the lefty kingmakers. Not bad – wouldn’t have happened to a white guy with your background, that’s for sure.

Speaking of your background, Barry – when are we gonna see some of those grades, etc?

disa on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

“The DoJ will probe the shooting,…”

I am sure Agent Terry’s parents will be comforted by that news…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama would have a hispanic son? Call Vera Baker.

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama is such a dolt. So shallow that he does not understand how shallow he is.

pat on March 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Ahh yes. The fuse is lit.

Harbingeing on March 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I thought Obama would wait a few more months before starting a race war. Latinos vs. blacks, though? That’s odd.

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The race baiters keep trying to make this about black and white relations. The man that shot the kid is hispanic. He speaks Spanish and has black friends. This wasn’t some premeditated murder, it was a guy on a neighborhood watch that showed incredibly bad judgement. It’s tragic for both families. Sharpton and Farrakhan are out calling for violence and retaliation and now the One has jumped into it. If the guy that pulled the trigger was a muslim and it had happened at an Army base we would all have to wait to make a judgement on what happened. It’s a tragedy being exploited by scum. Pathetic.

BobScuba on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

He had to address it. As a self-identified black man he had an obligation to address this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I like the facts not known meme and the one neighbor said …..

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Yeah, cause the media always gets 100% of the facts right 100% of the time.

Frank Drebin on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As with all things Obama is Black first and President second…..

HatfieldMcCoy on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This was a shameless attempt to use the death of a child to rally the base. I don’t know if that says more about Obama or his supporters.

MeatHeadinCA on March 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I will still not vote for him…

social-justice on March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Another rube self-identifies.

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

How does an hispanic shooting a black become a national racial incident? I’m sure it happens daily in LA and Chicago and many other cities. What is so special about this case? I’ll wait for more details before I get outraged. Interesting that all the pics of the victim are when he was a young boy – nothing recent.

ctmom on March 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

As with all things Obama is Black Marxist first and President second…..

HatfieldMcCoy on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

He had to address it. As a self-identified black man he had an obligation to address this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

“Obviously we’re not going to wade into a local law-enforcement matter”

https://twitter.com/#!/LachlanMarkay/status/183198260645724160

MeatHeadinCA on March 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The ‘Teleprompted Turd’ is rallying his race-thugs … Keep blowin’ that dog whistle Barry, we know exactly what you’re up to!

Trayvon Martin’s life and death will have no meaning by the time that obama and his radicals are finished using him as a tool to push their destructive agenda.

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

As terrible as this tragedy is, I still perk up my eyebrows at Our Lovely Post-Racial President either infuriating Hispanics by siding with the victim and essentially calling the shooter a racist, or driving his share of the black vote all the way down to 88% by not demanding that this guy get the chair.

KingGold on March 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I don’t really see anything wrong with what Obama said.

McDuck on March 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Does this jackass need to insert himself into every news story even remotely tied to race?

zoyclem on March 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama said Trayvon Martin’s death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.
——–

How is that “playing the race card” that sounds pretty much like a biological fact to me. Of course I took it to mean an African-American male. I dont know how other people took it.

Is the shooting (pending more info about what actually happened) a tragedy?

Yes.

Is it such a tragedy that it should attract the attention of the nation?

NO.

Scores of black youth die at each other’s hands every month and there isn’t a peep out of anyone. Or, when a white kid is beaten, robbed or killed at the hands of a black kid, all it draws is either a big fat “meh” or “it’s understandable” from the likes of the race baiters.

Rixon on March 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

——-

I will concede that cases like this usually end up getting national coverage, deserved or not. But on the flip side cases of missing/accused White women also get way more national coverage then they would if the Woman in question was of another race. So the sword cuts both ways on this one.

To those still disputing the evidence.

Here is what is undisputable.

Zimmerman called the police and reported a suspicious person.
Zimmerman then took it upon himself to follow that “suspicious person” AGAINST the advice of the 911 operator.
Trayvon Martin is no longer with us on earth.

Those are the facts.

Now from that we can ask our selves, 1000′s of questions. It’s hard for me to imagine a situation in which Mr. Martin was in the wrong.

Politricks on March 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

He had to address it. As a self-identified black man he had an obligation to address this national issue.

“national issue”…????

You Collectivists will swallow whatever load they pack into you, right?

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Did someone tell Obama that Fast and Furious wasn’t to blame for this?

MeatHeadinCA on March 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

the man is absolutely obsessed with race.

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

What race hustler, just like Rev Al and Farahkan. Sad day when we have a president who deals from the race card deck yet again.

Honestly, did anyone expect anything less from him.

D-fusit on March 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

the Martin slaying is a near textbook example of the fury and passion that racial leaden cases and issues always stir

Well, let’s be honest here. It’s not all racially-laden cases that stir fury and passion in the MSM and cause the President of the United States to add his two cents. That recent case where the white kid was set on fire by blacks taunting him with racial slurs being just one example, another being that white kid in Mississippi who was set upon at school by a gang of blacks and stomped into unconsciousness a couple of years ago. Don’t recall Barry/Baraka lamenting the fate of those victims, or saying that they could have been his sons.

There is substantially more black-on-white crime in this country than white-on-black (not that Zimmerman was white; he and his family identify him as hispanic), but it’s usually the much rarer white-on-black crimes that generate all the round-the-clock MSM coverage and the protests and outrage from the usual suspects in the race-baiting industry.

AZCoyote on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Hey lib4life. This is a National Issue?In what way? Deaths murders/attacks happen everyday why is this one more important?

sandee on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

No comment on black on white crime. I guess whites are fair game.

kozmo on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

he doesn’t usually respond to shouted questions from the press corps.

Per Fox and Ed Henry, the question was a setup and planned.

JPeterman on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

This is more about his narcissism than race.

In his narcissistic mind, this is supposed to make Trayvon’s parents feel better.

ButterflyDragon on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”

I haven’t seen any pictures of the kid when he was any older than 12 or so. That’s odd.

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

He had to address it. As a self-identified black man he had an obligation to address this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Wait..what? Why?

Bishop on March 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Good stuff…

Any black man who dodges a race question is nothing but a coward.

Obama did the right thing.

social-justice on March 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

…you know how many people were murdered in Chicago this past weekend? Why no questions?

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If I had a president, he wouldn’t look like Barry.

The Rogue Tomato on March 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Please explain what makes a local shooting a “national issue”.

Get back to us when the DNC tells you how to think and respond.

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

No comment on black on white crime. I guess whites are fair game.

kozmo on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Really tired of hearing this canard being thrown around.

Is there a case of an unarmed white person being gunned down by a wannabe cop that was told by police to not follow the guy?

And then not be arrested after killing them?

Could you please enlighten me on a similar case?

ButterflyDragon on March 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

No comment on the hundreds of Mexican’s killed with his policies…

right2bright on March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

They dont look like his children would…

the_nile on March 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Imagine just how different this case would have unfolded if:

Zimmerman’s name was Gonzalez instead of Zimmerman
or
Zimmerman was black and Treyvon was white
or
Instead of depicting Treyvon as a cute 8 year old boy with high academic achievement that he was a 6 foot 2 inch 17 year old that was on a 5 day suspension from school.

I guess it would get the scant coverage this story got
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117695/Brutal-home-invasion-Oklahoma-couple-ends-65-year-romance-meeting-blind-date.html

esnap on March 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

He had to address it. As a self-identified black man Racist he had an obligation to address this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

FIFY sport.

Wait, why do I say that? Where was our Racist leader on the voting intimidation of whites by black panther scum? The only comment he made on this was to Holder to quash the conviction.
Keep swallowing this Racist’s memes. He’s nothing more than you, a tool.

NOMOBO on March 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

We need more men like Col West.

Grunt on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

No comment on black on white crime. I guess whites are fair game.

kozmo on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

When I cited FBI stats to idiot4life showing that

And according to the latest annual report on murder by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most inter-racial murders involve black assailants and white victims, with blacks murdering whites at 18 times the rate that whites murder blacks.

idiot4life pretended that said statistic didn’t exist, simply because it didn’t want to believe it.

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

As a self-identified black man he had an obligation to address this national issue.

liberal4life on March 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

So, it’s only a national issue because of skin color?

The post racial prez…maybe we will see this in his second term.

Electrongod on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It’s been very striking how the “press” has been flogging the hell out of this story, which really doesn’t have any national interest or even “legs” in terms of popular obsessions. About the fourth time I heard a reference to it on short radio news summaries, I bothered to find out what it was even about.

The racism and race-baiting of the vile national Dem party and its media wing, I think, have more potential to deepen the incumbent’s problems than to stir up the ugliest passions of his ugliest base supporters.

Though even now, years into a pinch-yourself nightmare of “is America really this degraded and pathetic?”, it’s shocking to see the president injecting racism in his typically clumsy manner.

Don’t forget that the “police acted stupidly” moment was one of the clearest turning points in this ridiculous president’s popularity trends. Almost as if a nation that had debased and endangered itself by elevating an absolute non-entity to the highest office suddenly realized what it had done (hey, I said “almost”).

So by all means, please keep flogging a tragic incident with absolutely no broader implications or interest.

IceCold on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Obama is a self-centered narcissistic despot. He reacts to Fluke and Trayvon, but no reaction to Palin. God I can’t wait for him to be kicked out on his butt to the gutter in November where he belongs.

Absolutely the worst president evah!

timberline on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Dude, will you please just go away? I don’t mind dissenting opinions, even ignorant ones (they can be informed), but you’re just a liar and a proud one at that. I haven’t read a single post from you that contributed in anyway to the topics being discussed. You wade in, spewing your slander and stupidity, then scream some other nonsensical anti conservative putdown and wander off to the next thread. You’re like a turd that wont flush, swirling around the bowl, stinking up the whole room.

StompUDead on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Say Homey,
If you had a son he might or might not look like this kid.

After all, your mother was white.

Just sayin…

Man, would that be something.

Tenwheeler on March 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

the half black half white president just cannot keep his foot out of this racial beartrap. meanwhile in Chicago, over 40 people were shot last weekend with no mention from the MSM

burserker on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Bmore on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

If Obama also had a son, he would not be able to fit his entire family into a Volt… Just sayin’.

Fallon on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Obama: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

Are you kidding me? That’s not racist? That’s not putting the importance of his own skin color above others? That’s not putting Trayvon’s skin color above others?

Shameless purveyor of race.

Speakup on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I love how this is de facto a racial incident.

The kid was only shot because he was black apparently. Cue national outrage Taliban style.

Fantastic.

CorporatePiggy on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

It’s probably best to reserve judgement until all the facts are known, but if the currently available information stands, I don’t see how the guy can’t be charged.

BadgerHawk on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Everyone knows that blacks kill and assault and rape far more whites than whites kill and assault and rape blacks. Politically incorrect to even whisper it, but it’s overwhelmingly true.

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

This is more about his narcissism than race.

In his narcissistic mind, this is supposed to make Trayvon’s parents feel better.

ButterflyDragon on March 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Admit it. You don’t know a single black person personally do you? If you did you would understand that black parents around this country have been expressing anxiety since this shooting because they have no idea if wearing a hoodie in a suburban, gated community could be a death sentence for their child. I grew up in suburban areas and my parents and I had a long sobering conversation this weekend. I could’ve been Trayvon. And I still can. I live in a very nice neighborhood, I go on evening jogs, sometimes I wear a hoodie. This scares the crap out of me. Its not narcissism.

libfreeordie on March 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Zimmerman is multi-racial just like Obama.

Wigglesworth on March 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

SOCORRO, Texas —

Socorro police and the FBI are looking for four men who police say attacked and raped an elderly man who was out on his early-morning walk.

Investigators said the 70-year-old was walking Thursday around 6 a.m. at Valle del Sol Park on Valle Rico Road and Valle Fertil when they said four black men got out of a late-’90s Ford or Chevrolet van or minivan and demanded the Mexican-American man to give them money. When he said, “No,” they allegedly grabbed him, threw him in the van and raped him.

Socorro spokesman David Garcia said the men yelled racial slurs at the victim as they assaulted him.

Who ever even heard of that?

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Meanwhile, the media leaped at the chance to compare Obama’s statement to the silence from Republican presidential candidates on the shooting.

Yes, they didn’t rush and attempt to use this for political gain. For shame.

changer1701 on March 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I haven’t been following this story at all. Lack of TV sometimes has its advantages.

Nonetheless, has the prosecutor come out and said he won’t file charges at all? Again, I may be asking an obvious question but I don’t know the answer.

Bitter Clinger on March 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

There is a double standard in that if Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney had made a comment about a white victim looking like their son… because he was white … the left would blow their collective tops.

MeatHeadinCA on March 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Who ever even heard of that?

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Unless the police know who the attacker is, where they live and still have chosen not to arrest him than its not the same.

libfreeordie on March 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

By the way I’m not sticking up for Zimmerman. I don’t know the facts, so regarding the incident I can’t comment. It is very tragic for the Families. What I’m objecting to is the race baiters like Sharpton and Farrakhan trying to incite riots over this. Obamas’ remarks did not help in my opinion…

sandee on March 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Does Obama approve of Al Sharpton’s call for violence?

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

If Obama had a son would he look like Al Sharpton or Benito Mussolini?

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

If we had a President he would look like Reagan…

Kuffar on March 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Unless the police know who the attacker is, where they live and still have chosen not to arrest him than its not the same.

Showing that you can rationalize anything…no matter how stupid it makes you look.

Ragspierre on March 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

There’s plenty of reason to believe that Zimmerman was chasing the kid so the cops that were en route could talk to him and that the kid then attacked Zimmerman (bloodying his face and back of his head). It’s certainly not clear that is what happened, but it’s certainly not clear that he pursued and shot the kid without anything else happening.

Style Doggie on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Does Obama approve of Al Sharpton’s call for violence?

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Nah… but he probably approves of his old neighbor Louis Farrakhan.

tetriskid on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

By the way I’m not sticking up for Zimmerman. I don’t know the facts, so regarding the incident I can’t comment. It is very tragic for the Families. What I’m objecting to is the race baiters like Sharpton and Farrakhan trying to incite riots over this. Obamas’ remarks did not help in my opinion…

sandee on March 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

So as Zimmerman was not arrested black people should’ve just sat down and kept quiet?

libfreeordie on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

If Obama had a son he would look like Vera Baker. :)

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“I guess it would get the scant coverage this story got

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117695/Brutal-home-invasion-Oklahoma-couple-ends-65-year-romance-meeting-blind-date.html

esnap on March 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM”

:(

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I haven’t seen any pictures of the kid when he was any older than 12 or so. That’s odd.

faraway on March 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I noticed that too. Are there no current photos of him?

dmn1972 on March 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

If we had a President he would look like Reagan…

Kuffar on March 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

But we don’t have a President. We have an Emperor.

VorDaj on March 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I wonder how much outrage we’d here from if this were a black man shooting a (enter race here) teenager?

There are tens of thousands of murders every year, and this one is getting all the 24/7 media coverage and outrage.

The Sanford police department screwed up the investigation big time, and the shooting needs to be thoroughly investigated, and Zimmerman charged if there is probable cause. But Obama weighing in here reminds me of the last time he weighed in on a police matter. Yes Mr. President, you acted stupidly once again.

simkeith on March 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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