Video: Obama tries to break it to the left that the DOJ’s not going to prosecute Zimmerman

posted at 4:31 pm on July 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

The line that’s getting attention from this afternoon’s impromptu presser is that Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,” but that’s both implausible and tangential to his real message. Why implausible? Because, if you believe Zimmerman’s account of the fight, Martin ambushed him and then pounded on him relentlessly after he’d fallen to the ground. Say what you like about President Spock, it’s hard to imagine him reacting that way to anything. To believe the “I could have been Trayvon” claim, you have to believe the most sinister explanation for what happened between Martin and Zimmerman — that Zimmerman killed him essentially in cold blood for the crime of being black, not in self-defense. No one outside of O’s lefty base seems to believe that anymore, which tells you who the target audience here is.

But never mind that. Talking publicly about race is virtually all downside for The One, which is why he does it only when he’s forced to. (His wildly overpraised speech on race during the 2008 campaign was designed to calm the uproar over Rev. Wright.) It’s a given that the media will mindlessly praise him for his brilliance on the theory that anything the first black president has to say about race must be profound, but he gets no real political benefit from speaking up. He can’t be too critical of black culture or it’ll be considered a betrayal; if he’s too critical of law enforcement or the white majority, he risks damaging his party by alienating white voters that Democrats are desperate to hold onto. His allegedly “brilliant” comments on race are thus really just an exercise in tightrope-walking, with a little dished out to each side. It’s easy to fall off the tightrope — remember “the police acted stupidly”? — so his goal is simply to be as politic as possible without being so politic that the left decides he’s a sellout. No matter what he says, it’ll be “divisive,” a situation no pol ever wants to be in.

The point is, it takes a lot to get him to inch out on the tightrope. What got him out there this time? Simple: He knows that Holder has no case against Zimmerman and that the left’s going to be disappointed when the DOJ investigation is dropped. Today’s presser was him reminding them that he feels their pain in order to brace them for the big letdown. And the letdown is coming:

The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries (sic) were properly instructed that in a – in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant. And they rendered a verdict.

And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works…

But beyond protests or vigils, the question is: Are there some concrete things that we might be able to do? I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government. The criminal code and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

Follow the last link for a full transcript. He talks about the black experience with racial profiling but also acknowledges that “somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably, statistically, more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.” He talks about “soul-searching” and training for local cops, but he also says this, which was a pleasant surprise:

You know, there’s been talk about, should we convene a conversation on race? I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when, you know, politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have…

And let me just leave you with – with the final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated.

But, you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

The “national conversation on race” is political garbage and race relations are in fact getting better. He might be the only prominent Democrat in the country willing to concede those two points, but if there can only be one, it’s good that it’s the guy at the top who’s doing it. Speaking of garbage, though:

And for those who – who resist that idea, that we should think about something like these Stand Your Ground laws, I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.

Could Trayvon have stood his ground if Zimmerman punched him in the face and then started beating his head against the sidewalk? I sure hope so. Would he have been justified in shooting Zimmerman for following him in the car, though? Er, no, and the law doesn’t say that he is. The Florida statute gives you the right to stand your ground and use force if you’ve been “attacked.” Has O even looked at these laws? Or is he distorting them purposely to build momentum for the left’s new political initiative?

Anyway. I didn’t see the clip, but Zimmerman’s brother apparently received Obama’s comments reasonably well.

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Can’t they just take him into protective custody and beat him to death in a basement somewhere? It wouldn’t be anymore unconstitutional than many of their other actions.

claudius on July 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

If Obama came anywhere near my vehicle I would sure as hell lock the door.

Because I find treacherous, race-baiting liars repulsive and untrustworthy.

profitsbeard on July 20, 2013 at 2:55 AM

As we pause to reflect a little on the President’s very personal remarks, certain questions inevitably do come to mind.

For example, having previously drawn a symbolic familial link from himself to Trayvon Martin as a way of identifying with the young man, this time Mr. Obama went out of his way to draw a more direct personal parallel, even saying he could have been Trayvon Martin, 35 years ago.

Here was the specific comment he made in that regard:

“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Okay. So, is it not then fair then to ask if 35 years ago a young Barack Obama was calling people who he didn’t like race-based names, such as “creepy ass crackers?”

Or, back then in the late 1970s, did he ever assault someone by punching them in the nose, knocking them down and then, while straddling them, beat on the person MMA “ground and pound” style, and hit their head against the concrete?

Perhaps one of the cheerleader ladies at CNN would like to open up that or a similar line of questioning at his next press availability.

Trochilus on July 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Well since there are no applicable laws under which they can prosecute “Jorge”, it’s time to move on to new ones. Hey, let’s pass some anti-profiling laws! That’s the ticket! Just like the way TSA handles it. No more stopping of “folks” on suspicion, after all, one can’t be considered suspicious unless they are “profiled” in some way. That would mean the only way anyone can be approached by law enforcement is if they are seen actively committing a crime, or, alternately, everyone is questioned and deemed suspicious (a la TSA) without any connection to anything, logical or illogical.

Then, if someone “clutches her purse” or “locks their car doors” when seeing someone they believe, correctly or not, is a potential threat, these “pro-filers” can be legally charged and tried for such behavior. Now THAT’S a society I want to live in.

lonestarleeroy on July 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Looks like others get the joke, too!

A comment from another HA thread this one!

Gotta love it ….

pambi on July 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Could have also featured another panel with a questioner asking him, “And did you tell a friend he was a ‘creepy ass cracker?'”

Trochilus on July 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Yet another displayed of a failed administration whose every move centers around politics and winning / securing votes…

I stand corrected as I thought even THIS administration could NOT pander to blacks is this situation as doing so was a dangerous game of chicken. To do so would be gambling with the question of how far, how much can you play to the emotions of blacks in the aftermath of the Zimmerman case without the whole racial powder keg going off?

Obama, a self-professed Constitutional Scholar (which is almost always trumped by the fact that he is also a Communist-tutored, Socialist-educated, Racist-mentored Community Organizer) and Eric Holder, THE Attorney General, both KNOW the law. They both KNOW there was no case here, that the prosecution had nothing to go on and failed miserable to manufacture a case against Zimmerman. They both KNEW that the Jury GOT IT RIGHT; yet, their own lack of a moral compass and over-active racial bias, which has been on display time and again during the last 5 years, spurred the Community Organizer into action, once against targeting an individual American citizwen, using Zimmerman as othing more than a ‘political tool’ with which to further divide the nation and secure the black vote.

What Obama SHOULD have said from the beginnin is that ‘what happened was a tragedy but we owuld have to let the judicial system, the best in the world, run it’s course’. He should not have made any racially biased comment about how Trayvon could have been his son! What Holder should have said is ‘there were poor decisions made by both sides leading up to this tragedy, this could have been prevented by both parties, and the legal system must un its course. Holder should have also worked to EDUCATE people on this case – explain that ‘Stand Your Ground’ played no part in this trial, that the defense was arguing ‘Self-Defense’. After the Jury’s decision, Holder SHOULD HAVE explained how the defense did not prove its case, how there was ‘reasonable doubt’, and that the legally correct verdict was made. Obama SHOULD have ackowledged that while the popular decision was not made the legally correct one was made and added ‘our thoughts and prayers are with the Martin Family’. BOTH should have called for right from the start is peace & no racial violence. They did not do this, however. Instead, never wanting to let a crisis go to waste, they fanned the flames of racism, hatred, and violence. As a result, there were violent protests, riots, and innocent Americans (whites and Latinos) attacked in the streets in the name of ‘justice for Trayvon’.

Has Obama ‘grown up’, out of the role of ‘Community Organizer’ and into the role of ‘President’? No. How he handled the Zimmerman verdict put on full display how he is a racially biased Community Organizer who has given up all intent, if he ever had any, to bring the nation together and eliminate racism. If you…and Barak Obama, wants to see what a REAL President looks like, what a REAL President does – how he brings a nation together in tragedy and racial tension, I urge you…and Obama…to read or watch the video of what Kennedy said to America after Martin Luther King was assassinated! THAT is what a real President looks like, but I have the feeling Obama’s goal is to aim no higher than to be the nation’s Community Organizer…on 2nd thought, he wouldn’t mind being the American version of Hugo Chavez…

easyt65 on July 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM