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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Akzed on July 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

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.

I wouldn’t say that. Given his penchant for ignoring the law, he’s certainly acted like enough of a thug.

Stoic Patriot on July 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The line that’s getting attention from this afternoon’s impromptu presser is that Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,”

He actually has more in common with Zimmerman since they’re both half white.

I mean, when you think about it.

Akzed on July 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

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.

 
Y’all. Not. Ready. Truth. Wig. Boo.

rogerb on July 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

“I’ve broken many laws, but I’m kind of stuck on this one folks. There’s too many old skool folks watchin’. Once ObamaCare is implemented, it’ll take care of that problem.”

-Precedent Obama

portlandon on July 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Jeremiah’s Wright’s little boy is all grown up.

crrr6 on July 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Keep sharp objects away from LibFree.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

The line that’s getting attention from this afternoon’s impromptu presser is that Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,
================================================================

POWER TO TRUTH,

..or not!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Trayvon Martin shooting

Trayvon Martin’s parents ‘honored and moved’ by Obama’s remarks on Zimmerman trial – @theGrio

9 secs ago from thegrio.com by editor
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http://thegrio.com/2013/07/19/trayvon-martins-parents-moved-by-obamas-remarks-on-zimmerman-trial/

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

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.

Credit to Obama where it’s due on these two points. Now if he and his lackeys could avoid being hypocritical hacks on both when they’re trying to gin up minority turnout in tight elections I’d be truly impressed.

Kataklysmic on July 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Say what you like about President Spock, it’s hard to imagine him reacting that way to anything

Yep, he sends out his goons to do his dirty work.

burrata on July 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

“Barack, go read this to the press… the bill-paying lefties won’t settle down until you do. They won’t listen to Carnie or Holdie.”
- Valerie J

Marcola on July 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Say what you like about President Spock, it’s hard to imagine him reacting that way to anything.

IRS audit level snark here. Enjoy it, AllahPundit. And don’t think the NSA doesn’t know who you are.

rbj on July 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

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.

Reverend Al & Jesse will not be amused.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

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.

As far as mathematical sophistication, Trayvon could have been Barky last year.

“Profit AND earnings ratios!!!”

“reduce premiums by 3000%!!”

And they shared hanging with the Choom Gang, too. But, in point of fact, if they were at the same elementary school, Trayvon would have been beating the living cr@p out of Barky each and every day – just for kicks. It’s a shame Trayvon wasn’t a little Jakarta street kid back in the post-coup days of Indonesia. Barky could have used being beaten to pulp on a daily basis. It probably could have kept him in the third world, where he was raised and belongs.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The condensed version:

http://youtu.be/WFY2kJ96jNY

myiq2xu on July 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Yeah, sorry, the whole DOJ “investigation” is a dog and pony show for the kiddees.

But Eric IS going to steal Georgie’s gun.

So take that, whitey!

novaculus on July 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

The “national conversation on race” is political garbage and race relations are in fact getting better.

I’m not so sure about that. I would say black racism is worse or at least more visible than it was before Obama was elected.

a capella on July 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Keep sharp objects away from LibFree.

ToddPA on July 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

…and quotation marks too:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/07/19/video-no-doubt-the-inclination-is-to-isolate-florida-as-a-kind-of-apartheid-state/comment-page-1/#comment-2401810

ebrown2 on July 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Ah how sweet. He gave the lickspittles at MSNBC some fresh rub one out material for the weekend. Chrissy Matthews must be tingling.

And a collective yawn to everybody else.

HumpBot Salvation on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Poor libfreeordie.

She was so proud of Obama again a few hours ago, and is now going to be disappointing.

sentinelrules on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

But beyond protests or vigils, the question is: Are there some concrete things that we might be able to do?

Poor choice of words Bambi.

Trayvon Martin did some stuff with concrete and look where it got him.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

All the polling on this topic was going AGAINST the DOJ initiative and the Zimmerman is a white supremacist murderer.

The SCOAMF/OFA administration internal polling is likely showing a backlash developing in the Hispanic community and there has undoubtedly been some behind the scenes WTF moments with Hispanic leaders.

This is intended to “put an end” to the Zimmerman narrative while leaving the incredibly stupid* anti-SYG narrative to continue to play out.

* – lots of minority business owners have been eager for concealed carry permits and the protection SYG laws give them from the thugs. Two of them were in the concealed carry class I took a few years ago.

PolAgnostic on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

The “national conversation on race” is political garbage…

True.

… and race relations are in fact getting better.

Demonstrably false.

Midas on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well, now that obama has officially issued a fatwa against Zimmerman (and his family), the DOJ has no reason to pursue charges against him any longer.

Pork-Chop on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?

This is the only statement I take issue with. Let’s ignore the factual findings in the case and let’s invent more convienent ones.

WisRich on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Every day the president talks about Trayvon Martin is a day he doesn’t have to speak about William Wilkins. And thus the tiny toehold that Darrell Issa tried to get yesterday is washed away.

Mr. D on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
==================

(Exerpt)

http://thegrio.com/2013/07/19/trayvon-martins-parents-moved-by-obamas-remarks-on-zimmerman-trial/2/

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Poor libfreeordie.

She was so proud of Obama again a few hours ago, and is now going to be disappointing.

sentinelrules on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

He’ll be here to try to equivocate in 3…2…1…

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ah how sweet. He gave the lickspittles at MSNBC some fresh rub one out material for the weekend. Chrissy Matthews must be tingling.

HumpBot Salvation on July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Actually, the final episode of Chris Matthews Sunday show is this Sunday, July 21.

sentinelrules on July 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sorry to break it to you Allah, but this was just more race baiting crap and not any grand design.

TexasJew on July 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

He can’t be too critical of black culture or it’ll be considered a betrayal

When you say black culture, are you meaning thug culture? Or are you referring to the rampant tribalism in the black community that ostracizes any minority view?

SirGawain on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The consensus seems to be that this was an excellent speech. Even AP tacitly admits as much. Today, I’m proud of my President.

righty45 on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Why doesn’t Allahpundit just drop the pretense and work for the Daily Beast or a similar Dem friendly site?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Jeremiah’s Wright’s little boy is all grown growed up.

crrr6 on July 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

You need to learn to speak Jeantelean if you’re going to be clear to The Others(TM) who might be lurking.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

“Could have been me 35 years ago.”

Yeah, on “Kill Haole Day,” to be precise.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

and race relations are in fact getting better.

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

“That could have been me”

Does that mean Barrys’ got pics of nude teenage girls and piles of jewelry on a bed in his phone? Does that mean Weiner isn’t that far from the norm after all? Maybe we’ve just been too harsh on these Democrats.

parke on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The juries (sic) were properly instructed that in a – in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant.

Straight from the mouth of a constitutional law professor lecturer and famed author. Stupefying.

novaculus on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Cut AP some slack. He’s trying to leave the RINO camp but he needs time to acclimate.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Yep, he’s not a “ground and pound” kinda guy…he and Holder are retreat and lie guys. You know like from all the scandals they’re dodging.

d1carter on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

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.

SYG states amazingly deal with this reality each day – without an OK Corral every moment.

On the flip side, OK Corral moments occur each day in non SYG states – namely urban areas like Chicago, Birmingham, …

Odd how that turns out.

Odie1941 on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Did Dear Leader mention William Wilkins and the time he represented Jeremiah Wright in a tax case..?

d1carter on July 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

No matter what he says, it’ll be “divisive,” a
situation no pol ever wants to be in.

Not him.
He is instigating riots.
He is inciting violence.
He wants blood on the streets, not just broken glass and burning cars.
Make no mistake, he just dog-whistled his hoodlums to go for the kill.

burrata on July 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

And,another day, as the POTUSA keeps adding Fuel, to the Fire!!

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

The idea that the DOJ should prosecute, that Zimmerman is guilty, is inane. A blog reported that Jesse Jackson once said “There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

I replied: Jesse Jackson is saying that white people are wimps. You know, white people can’t jump. They can’t mug. Wimpy non-muggers. But a plump 5′ 7″ white man could take on an athletic 6′ 3″ 17 year old black youth. It makes sense that the youth would have been easily overpowered and pummeled by the vicious and pudgy short person, as a witness said “like a dog attack.” Short people, “we don’t need no short people ’round here” Trayvon must of been screaming. And the youth’s supple skin absorbed all the blows so no injury was shown, Only Travon’s knuckles showed injury, from blocking so many brutal blows from the little white man. And the white man’s obvious bloody injuries were not caused by Trayvon attacking, but by Whoknows. Oh, but it was actually the Hispanic part of Zimmerman that jumped forward and terrorized the youth. That’s the ticket.

Randy Newman’s “short people” music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NvgLkuEtkA

anotherJoe on July 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?

Huh? Stood his ground against what?

WTFFFF?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,”

Did Barry grow up in the high crime inner city part of Honolulu?

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Blame it on ‘our violent past’.

How long ago was that Barry? Benghazi was a “long time ago” and that was only 7 months.

How long is Eric Holder’s “investigation” going to go on? Until January 2017?

How long has the Benghazi “investigation” been going on?

How long has the Keystone Pipeline “investigation” been going on?

How long have you been ‘formulating’ a mid-eastern policy?

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The left won’t be happy until Zimmerman is hanging from a tree……

redguy on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

************************ TRANSCRIPT ***************************

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2013
Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:33 P.M. EDT
*************

THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.
(MORE……..)
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/19/remarks-president-trayvon-martin

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

How do you know he doesn’t already?

cozmo on July 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

And,another day, as the POTUSA keeps adding Fuel, to the Fire!!

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Some sad, strange, little people just can’t enjoy Friday without it becoming a Day of Rage.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this was a targeted speech. Another words, if this was an application it would have stated Whites need not apply. This appears to be the Presidents best effort to stabilize relationships between the communities. I hope it works.

DDay on July 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,”

Did Barry grow up in the high crime inner city part of Honolulu?

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Barky grew up a muslim child in a third-world, post-coup Jakarta run by a dictator not unlike he himself is trying to be, right now (shocker!), which was worse. The poor muzzie Barky was reduced to eating dogs to try to absorb the dog intelligence, which was still far superior to his.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

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?

Whaddya think he is, a lawyer or something?

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

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

Did he request a Secret Service security detachment for his parents?

Of course he “took it well”. It looks like the Zimmerman boys were raised to have good manners.

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Shorter Obama: That dog don’t hunt, because I ate it.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

And thus the tiny toehold that Darrell Issa tried to get yesterday is washed away.

Mr. D on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

You over-estimate Darrell Issa. A toehold was all he was ever going to get.

rrpjr on July 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I was just typing a long comment in support of Obama’s remarks about SYG being ambiguous but I talked myself out of it. My initial feeling was that it’s true that the law can be abused, especially when all you have is the testimony of the last man standing.

But it’s the ambiguity that requires a rational jury of your peers to make judgements about. There are no absolutes in justice but there is a lot of context. Our judicial system should reflect that reality.

hisfrogness on July 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Trayvon Martin “could have been me 35 years ago,”

So Obama was breaking into houses, getting suspended from school, and sneaking up behind people and beating them to a bloody pulp too?

No wonder he doesn’t want his past records released.

portlandon on July 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I don’t know about all this. I still think the DOJ is going to move on Zimmerman.

rrpjr on July 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Some sad, strange, little people just can’t enjoy Friday without it becoming a Day of Rage.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Christien:Lol,

as i’ve said before,

Welcome to Egypt!:O
(sarc)

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

NSA?!?!?! 4th Amendment!?!?!?!

What are those?!?!?!?!

Hey! Did you hear some black kid got killed by some guy he was beating the crap out of?!?!?!? Like, ZOMG!!!

KMC1 on July 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

This guy is about as Presidential as Al Sharpton. Clueless and Classless.

pat on July 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The president say the most honest thing I’ve ever heard him say:
“the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

The sad truth is that for a certain subset of the AA community, any confrontation between an AA and a non-AA must have racism at it’s core. This will never change. This subset is being brought up to believe this, and it is reinforced by all adults they know. And this has been true since the late 60′s early 70′s.

Chitownmom on July 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

You know, when I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things…

And I did it all myself.

And neither one of them did a thing to address or reduce black-on-black violent crime and murder in Chicago.

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

“Could have been me 35 years ago.”

A suspended delinquent creepy ass-crackin’ jewel thief? Now you tell us.

Barnestormer on July 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Reminds me of the Beer Summitt,”The Cops Acted Stupidly Meme!!

When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.

And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/19/remarks-president-trayvon-martin

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

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.

This may be more instructive regarding the current racial strife than he intended. Rev. Jackson, Rev. Sharpton, and the NAACP as representatives of distant generations may be trying to inhibit, even prevent, the progress newer generations have achieved? After all as racial tensions relax they lose their power base(s).

JohnFLob on July 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

So, let me get this straight…President Choomin’ identifies himself (35 years the younger) with a cagey dude who beat the pants out of a Latino man to the point of self-defense. Makes sense.

ExPat on July 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

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.

The answer is an unambiguous no, Odumber. If Trayvon had been of age and armed, and had he shot Zimmerman for merely following him, his sorry ass would be on its way to prison for life. Stand your ground does not grant you the right to shoot someone just because you think you are being followed.

The Florida statute states, “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

For a Harvard educated lawyer, Odumber sure is clueless.

bartonbulletin on July 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

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.

As if you know what obama was like 35 years ago. As if any of us do. We know he as a pothead. We know somehow obama’s path led him to people like bill ayers. That’s about all we really know. Implausible that he could have ended up dead for being a drug addicted thug 35 years ago? Please. I know you like to find your own angles on stories, but keep it somewhat real.

Ronnie on July 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Has O even looked at these laws?

Ha. Legal positivism walking, that’s what Obama is. If he likes a law, he’ll enforce it (sometimes ruthlessly), no matter how unconstitutional it is. If Obama doesn’t like a law, he’ll unabashedly ignore it and claim that’s “justice.” It really is a bunch of B.S.

englishqueen01 on July 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I would’ve taken this more seriously if the opening act had not been Joe Biden telling Indian jokes.

Christien on July 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

The World’s Greatest Orator is trying to wiggle out of the latest mess his silver tongue got him into while simultaneously appealing to his base.

His hemming and hawing and umming means he’s not reading off the teleprompter for once, which is supposed to make him look as reflective and sincere as Clinton’s lower-lip biting trick.

The U.S. elected a speech-maker (Hillary got that one write) and community organizer.

His career, such as was, has always been based on pontificating, protesting, and of course his very presence. His supporters will never ask what he’s actually done to improve race relations. His “profound” words are good enough for them.

Drained Brain on July 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

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.

So your worthless brats who will be nothing but parasites on this nation (because that was the way they were raised) have white friends at their ultra-liberal private school that costs more than most colleges? Yeah that makes me feel much better you mullato windbag.

Happy Nomad on July 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

And – and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

FU Comrade O.

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Did Barry grow up in the high crime inner city part of Honolulu?

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He grew up in Indonesia, not Hawaii.

Ronnie on July 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

President Obama expanded on the acquittal of George Zimmerman at a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today, noting that he once said he could have had a son like Trayvon Martin but now revising that to “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Obama has a pathology of doing this – putting himself at the center of things that had nothing whatsoever to do with him. To him, everything is about him – everything centers on him. And in this case, that’s on top of leaving out any “inconvenient” facts that don’t suit his false narrative. He is mentally ill.

If I were a psychiatrist and I had him for a patient, he would be my most mentally deranged patient.

Obama’s Obamacentric belief system:
1) All events start with Obama.
2) All events end with Obama.
3) The Sun revolves around Obama.
4) The Moon revolves around Obama.
5) The Stars revolve around Obama.
6) Nothing of any importance existed before Obama.
7) Nothing of any importance will exist after Obama.

VorDaj on July 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

After reading Obama’s comments above I went and listened to his “speech” and as I suspected it was full of “ah”, “and”, “uh”, etc. I then went to Bing Translate and found that even in his native tongue these “fillers” have no meaning other to than to imply the speaker is a doofus who doesn’t know how to translate cogent thought into words. I think it would be helpful to always report his actual words rather than the cleaned up version.

Robbin Hood on July 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

The juries (sic) were properly instructed that in a – in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant.

Straight from the mouth of a constitutional law professor lecturer and famed author. Stupefying.

novaculus on July 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

:) smartest man on the planet :)…

jimver on July 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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.

Well, I didn’t follow the trial closely, but do we know for certain that Treyvon didn’t feel threatened by Zimmerman and himself was acting in self defense and that Zimmerman responded by firing his weapon?

Tom_Shipley on July 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

And – and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery,” Jackson told the audience.

“Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. . . . After all we have been through,” he said. “Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”

– Jesse Jackson

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

“could have been me 35 years ago,”

Really? Then this timeline would be much different. Race relations would probably be much better, unemployment at 4%, the MidEast stable and at peace, global war on terror would still be a war on terror, etc., etc., etc.

freedomfirst on July 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

For a Harvard educated lawyer, Odumber sure is clueless.

bartonbulletin on July 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

He probably uses Jeantelean as a second language, and leaves out the verbs.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,”

So 35 years ago, Obama was a choomed out thug who didn’t like creepy, ass crackers either.

Sounds about right.

HumpBot Salvation on July 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?

Well, Captain Strawman, the answer is “yes – if he were under attack. He could also have ordered takeout Chinese food from a restaurant in the year 2045 using the cellphone implanted in his head and if time-travel had been invented to allow the cross-time delivery of Chinese yummies, but that wasn’t the reality that night either. Stop making shit up you unrepentant f*ckwit.”

Midas on July 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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President Obama Speaks On Zimmerman Verdict: Black Americans Feel Pain In Trayvon Martin Case http://huff.to/1bwg8k2

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canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Well, I didn’t follow the trial closely, but do we know for certain that Treyvon didn’t feel threatened by Zimmerman and himself was acting in self defense and that Zimmerman responded by firing his weapon?

Tom_Shipley on July 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

You really didn’t have to preface your comment with “I didn’t follow the trial closely,”

The rest of your comment tells us that.

HumpBot Salvation on July 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

He grew up in Indonesia, not Hawaii.

Ronnie on July 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I believe he eventually moved to Hawaii and went to a private high school there.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

For a Harvard educated lawyer, Odumber sure is clueless.

bartonbulletin on July 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

He probably uses Jeantelean as a second language, and leaves out the verbs.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Piers Morgan: ‘Yeah, but how many languages do you speak?’ :) …and sure ebonics is not one of them :)…

jimver on July 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Well, I didn’t follow the trial closely, but do we know for certain that Treyvon didn’t feel threatened by Zimmerman and himself was acting in self defense and that Zimmerman responded by firing his weapon?

Tom_Shipley on July 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Yeah, we fairly well know that was not the case.

Midas on July 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

NAACP ‏@NAACP 3h

Trayvon Martin’s Parents: The Justice System ‘Didn’t Work For Us’ via @Colorlines http://fw.to/qF8Gdta

https://twitter.com/NAACP
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Trayvon Martin’s Parents: The Justice System ‘Didn’t Work For Us’
by Jamilah King, Friday, July 19 2013, 10:56 AM EST
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VIDEO

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, did a series of interviews on Thursday, opening up publicly for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of their son. During an interview on “Anderson Cooper 360”, they both expressed their shock at the verdict, and the justice system, in general.

“When I heard the verdict, I kind of understand the disconnect,” Fulton said, according to *NN. “Maybe they (jurors) didn’t see Trayvon as their son. They didn’t see Trayvon as a teenager. They didn’t see Trayvon as just a human being that was minding his own business.”
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http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/07/trayvon_martins_parents_the_justice_system_didnt_work_for_us.html

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Yeah, we fairly well know that was not the case.

Fairly well?

Tom_Shipley on July 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I’m not so sure about that. I would say black racism is worse or at least more visible than it was before Obama was elected.

a capella on July 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

It may not be any worse…but it’s certainly more visible.

And more acceptable.

Solaratov on July 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Did Barry grow up in the high crime inner city part of Honolulu?

farsighted on July 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He grew up in Indonesia, not Hawaii.

Ronnie on July 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

But he was back in Hawai’i by the time he was 10 years old.

Don’t know what the crime rates were back in the 1970s (I lived across the mountains in Kailua in the 1960s myself) but here’s a map of the current Honolulu neighborhoods and how safe they are:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/hi/honolulu/crime/

Most of the real high crime (like the stuff shown on “Dog The Bounty Hunter”) is in other parts of the island. Ironically, my old town of Kailua (which is also where Dear Leader has his Winter White House) has seen an explosion in crime in recent months, so much so that the residents are all up in arms about it.

Windward Oahu residents turned out in full force again Wednesday night.

For many, it was their second time around to hear what’s being done to keep their community in check against criminals.

“They see how big of a crowd tonight and last night and realize now we care and are vocal,” Kailua resident Caroline Viola said.

They have reason to be. Between March and June of this year there have been 536 car break-ins compared to 336 in 2011 and 282 in 2012 (during same four-month time frame).

There have been 113 car thefts compared to 88 in 2011 and 73 in 2012.

There have been 616 thefts compared to 649 in 2011 and 557 in 2012.

There have been 265 burglaries compared to 277 in 2011 and 250 in 2012.

“Police have a never-ending job in front of them until punishment deters the activity,” Kailua resident Mike Taylor said.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Nice take on this one, Allahpundit. I hadn’t looked at it this way, but now I think you’re right.

Caiwyn on July 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

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