Obama: Of course Zimmerman was guilty, but…

posted at 8:31 am on July 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

As you may have already heard, the President showed up in the White House briefing room on Friday to give an impromptu address to the press corps on the current state of race relations in America and how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial is affecting same. While supporters billed the appearance as a more generic, “healing” address in troubled times, it opened and closed with comments regarding the court case in question. We can leave for another day the issue of whether the Comforter in Chief should be diving into the results of one specific trial in Florida, but there was plenty of fodder for pundits included.

To begin with, not everything the President said was out of bounds or off the mark. There are still issues of racial tension in this nation (though the inaccurate perception that it’s vastly swinging in one direction need to be addressed) and it’s a subject which merits some work. But it’s difficult to see how this particular speech was helpful in terms of easing racial tensions given one of the glaring talking points – along with an equally glaring omission – which led off the event. (The full text of remarks can be found here.)

First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.

The second part of the quoted text is also worthy of note, and it’s to the President’s credit. Too many people analyzing this case completely skip over the fact that there was, in fact, a trial, and that it produced a result in accordance with the law. But to backtrack just a bit, Barack Obama’s opening paragraph still essentially shoots holes in the message.

The President isn’t just talking about a family losing a son, but with “the entire situation.” The rest of the speech goes back to the well again and again, talking about gun laws and self defense and, “what would have happened if” Trayvon Martin were white. This was about the trial, and the underlying message was simple: The Martin family was ripped off by the justice system because the system is biased and a guilty man was allowed to kill their son.

How does President Obama square that with the second paragraph of his speech? There is not one ounce of recognition of the possibility that the jury arrived at the correct verdict, that Martin was the aggressor and that Zimmerman was put in a position of feeling that he had to defend his life?

This leads us to the other glaring omission. You’ll note that in the initial expressions of sympathy and understanding, George Zimmerman’s name was not mentioned once. If my previous, far fetched idea that Zimmerman was innocent – backed up only by the flimsy excuse that a court of law found him to be so – were even possibly true, was the Zimmerman family also not feeling the sting of the long, drawn out proceedings which followed and the social stigma which will be trailing George Zimmerman for the rest of his life? Was there not a moment to spare in this “historic speech” (as Wolf Blitzer later termed it) for a few thoughts for the family of the man who was found innocent?

No, there was not. And with that in mind, what was portrayed as an important address to heal the racial divide in America could, in some part, wind up being even more divisive. Perhaps there are times when it’s best for the leader of the Federal Government to stay on the sidelines in states’ issues, including high profile trials.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4

If Pres. Obama suggested the possibility the jury reached the right result their would be some upset democrat base voters…hence the reason for the Wallenda high walk act…

Mr. Joe on July 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

He loved Blondi so much that he had his cyanide capsules tested on her to insure they were potent enough.
Oldnuke on July 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well, he couldn’t very well leave her behind where she might be – gasp! – rescued and saved by a Jew, now could he?

Maddie on July 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Breaking News

George Zimmerman has legally changed his name to Ben Ghazi so Obama, his henchmen, Hillary and the media will ignore him in the foreseeable future.

metroryder on July 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Look who crawled out from under his rock! Found a Harvard Law Degree in your CrackerJack(TM) box yet, Teeny Weeny?

ebrown2 on July 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonintelligent on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Wasn’t aware that both of O’bama’s parents were black.

You really should write material for Kenny Banya.

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Lol!

Bmore on July 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM

The Racist In Chief blows wind again.

TfromV on July 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Can this man shame himself any more?

I guess God spoke to Him and told him personally that with His secret knowledge, He knows more than the jury did that heard the testimony and stuff?
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8yBmwXW4XEM/SjxG9SPS55I/AAAAAAAABGc/DyiV1XZ3fIg/s1600-h/zzzzzzzzReligionandObama.jpg

avagreen on July 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Obama is the most divisive,racist President in this nation’s history.As President he should have simply applauded our judicial system,and demanded that there be no rioting,looting, or threats of violence-by anybody.Period!

redware on July 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Dear Mr. Obama,

The system worked.

Get over it.

TeresainFortWorth on July 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Barack Obama hates white people!

Rockshine on July 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I never heard Obama talk about the following story, or give a press conference about it, because it didn’t fit his race-baiting agenda. Remember the story a few months ago of Antonio West, the 13 month old baby who was shot dead in his stroller by two teenage thugs in Brunswick, GA. They were robbing the mother and told her that if they didn’t give her money, that they would shoot the baby. She had no money on her, begged for her son’s life, all to no avail. She was also shot twice, in the leg and the ear. Here’s a post from a commenter at Newsbusters.org 2 days ago that really hits home:

“You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad, I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise. President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

So while you are seeking justice for Trayvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell your families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.

Thank you.

Please Share”

The Good Doctor on July 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The cry of racism is so overused, it no longer has any meaning.

If you are suspicious of a kid wearing a hoodie walking in the rain, you’re not a racist, you have an “Alternative Ethnic Viewpoint”.

Get over it, liberals.

MichaelGabriel on July 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hard to believe that this same man gave a speech including the following just 9 short years ago.

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.

weaselyone on July 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

The Good Doctor on July 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM


Gut punch!

avagreen on July 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Look who crawled out from under his rock! Found a Harvard Law Degree in your CrackerJack(TM) box yet, Teeny Weeny?

ebrown2 on July 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Too funny. I been missing the Road Scholar and missed him this morning. I see his time at butt camp improved his intelleckshun.

arnold ziffel on July 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

He said what is in his heart of darkness. Both he and Holder are using Trayvon Martin and exploiting his death to push gun control and stand your ground laws. If they also stir the racial pot well then to them thats also a means to an end. They want to change this country to a banana republic. If they think we are going to keep putting up with this they had better think again.

neyney on July 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Even Fox News doesn’t get it. The Zimmerman trial was not about a “tragic accident””gone wrong” but about a young thug stalking a neighborhood patrol guard and, in the words of Pat Buchanan, “sucker punching him” in a surprise attack and would have murdered him had Zimmerman been unarmed. The case was neither about “race” nor “stand your grand” but about an ambuscade and a successful self defense.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder are against “stand your ground” because it means that if their black constituents’ rioting over the Zimmerman case (which both Obama and Holder created in the first place through their comments and DOJ-CRD agitating)spills over into white neighborhoods and whites fight back instead of running from their homes screaming in the night, it will be whites who will be the lawbreakers.

MaiDee on July 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

That’s about as stupid as saying the President is white, so he doesn’t understand reality.

Blacks who are upset at the verdict are upset because they are either ignorant of or deliberately ignoring the facts that were presented in the case.

As long as Black perceptions of reality continue to clash with the truth of reality, there will always be unnecessary racial tensions in this county.

Black perception is no longer a valid excuse. Charles Barkley figured it out. Bill Cosby understands it. Other Blacks can, and must figure it out as well.

kbTexan on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

This logic is absurd. First of all, President Obama is as much white as he is black, and more so culturally if you consider who raised him. But let’s accept your misrepresentation that President Obama is 100% black for the sake of this thread.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2012, black or African Americans made up 13.1% of the U.S. population. If Jazz cannot understand where the President was coming from solely on the basis of his race, then it follows that the President cannot understand where 86.9% of U.S. citizens are coming from. Of course, that is a ridiculous argument, in essence stating that human beings cannot hope to understand where human beings of other races are “coming from” (whatever that really means).

If that’s the case, then why elect any president that cannot understand where the majority is coming from? Would it be better for the country to elect a President that can understand where the majority is coming from? Which would be white Americans (of which I am not, btw) at 77.9%.

But why is it that color or race is the determinant as to how humans can understand each other? What about the socioeconomic divide? What about those that speak different languages? What about religions as that line of separation?

As a species, we either need to admit that the only way we will survive together is to learn to understand each other despite our differences, whatever they might be. Otherwise, let’s just give up now, and blow ourselves up.

Oh, by the way, the Census Bureau pegs Americans of two or more races-like the President-as 2.4% of the population.

digitalhap on July 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Breaking News

George Zimmerman has legally changed his name to Ben Ghazi so Obama, his henchmen, Hillary and the media will ignore him in the foreseeable future.

metroryder on July 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I like it…

stacman on July 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I thought the speech was pretty dumb.
The problem with several black men that I’ve spoken with candidly on the subject is that they all seem to believe that it was an injustice and a reflection of a flawed legal system.
There first error is that they use the “facts” that they learned from the race baiting MSM and skipped the evidence laid out in the trial entirely.
The next issue is that they seem to be using ancient “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” reasoning.
Third, they admit that the black “culture” is statistically the most violent, but, blame it on whites, thus ignoring the fact that dem-tards gave them their hopeless, built to fail kill culture.
I’ve read that some so called black leaders state that “Trayvon did not get a fair trial in front of a jury of his peers” … Duh, duh and duh! How can these media cretins be taken seriously when they cannot understand that George was the man on trial?

kregg on July 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

The most blatantly, racist occupant of the White House in our history! A disgrace to the people and the office he holds!

tomshup on July 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

And this “racial profiling” narrative needs to stop.
Want to witness blind justice and anti-bigotry at its finest?
Go to a gun show!

kregg on July 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

This logic is absurd. First of all, President Obama is as much white as he is black, and more so culturally if you consider who raised him. But let’s accept your misrepresentation that President Obama is 100% black for the sake of this thread.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2012, black or African Americans made up 13.1% of the U.S. population. If Jazz cannot understand where the President was coming from solely on the basis of his race, then it follows that the President cannot understand where 86.9% of U.S. citizens are coming from. Of course, that is a ridiculous argument, in essence stating that human beings cannot hope to understand where human beings of other races are “coming from” (whatever that really means).

If that’s the case, then why elect any president that cannot understand where the majority is coming from? Would it be better for the country to elect a President that can understand where the majority is coming from? Which would be white Americans (of which I am not, btw) at 77.9%.

But why is it that color or race is the determinant as to how humans can understand each other? What about the socioeconomic divide? What about those that speak different languages? What about religions as that line of separation?

As a species, we either need to admit that the only way we will survive together is to learn to understand each other despite our differences, whatever they might be. Otherwise, let’s just give up now, and blow ourselves up.

Oh, by the way, the Census Bureau pegs Americans of two or more races-like the President-as 2.4% of the population.

digitalhap on July 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

And nonbrainpartisan gets owned yet again.

fossten on July 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

At this point I don’t give a damn what Obama says and whether it is fair or not. He stopped being my President when he assumed someone was guilty because he figured from their name they had white skin, and then publicly took sides against him to foment racial anger and turn out his base to win reelection. He has become an Al Sharpton and there isn’t anything lower than that.

drunyan8315 on July 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Well, of course, it was NEVER ABOUT an address to “heal the nation.”

“It was ABOUT ME! ME! ME! It’s ALWAYS ABOUT ME!” — Barack Obama

mountainaires on July 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

And nonbrainpartisan gets owned yet again.

fossten on July 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

…he likes… a sore azz!

KOOLAID2 on July 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

“Social stigma?”

Never mind social stigma. He can never go outside again.

Do you understand that, Jazz Shaw?

And that’s perfectly fine with the president.

THAT is the horror of all this.

Alana on July 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

This whole thing is yet another liberal kabuki dance. Couch it in less harsh words and a more mellifluous tone, but it is the same pablum spouted by race-mongers like the Reverend Al and Jesse Jackson.

Thie so-called dialogue is just another varying delivery on the same theme: blacks good, whites bad. While there are undeniable historical grievances against the black people, this line of lecture/attack completely avoids even a passing acknowledgement of certain factual REALITIES such as the fact that a young black man is FAR more likely to be killed by another black man. Another FACT would be that the likihood of a white man being assaulted in a black ghetto is FAR more likely than a black man being assaulted in a wholly white area (Zimmerman, the white hispanic, not withstanding).

The last “mainstream” prominent black figure I remember actually speaking words to this effect was Bill Cosby, and he was railed by the liberal black democratium as a sellout, uncle tom, house you know what. Conservative black like Larry Elder, Clarence Thomas, and Thomas Sowell are considered “not-black” by other blacks…the same people who called Bill Clinton the first black president.

Is race an issue still? Probably…but the racial divide runs both ways and is certainly not just whitey keeping the black man down. In many cases, it is their own culture and behavior that do that and any attempts to step outside this culture are met with ridicule and scorn. Sad what the black power base has done to sell out their own people.

Huckabye-Romney on July 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

.
That’s about as stupid as saying the President is white, so he doesn’t understand reality.

Blacks who are upset at the verdict are upset because they are either ignorant of or deliberately ignoring the facts that were presented in the case.

As long as Black perceptions of reality continue to clash with the truth of reality, there will always be unnecessary racial tensions in this county.

Black perception is no longer a valid excuse. Charles Barkley figured it out. Bill Cosby understands it. Other Blacks can, and must figure it out as well.

kbTexan on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

.
Dittos.

listens2glenn on July 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

King Dumbasswipe has spoken again. When will he issue another inane Excrementive Order to decree what we all must believe?

stukinIL4now on July 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Akzed on July 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Good old Pastor Manning. Looks like he was right on with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, a real swordsman. Pastor didn’t mention Sybrina Fulton, supposedly Trayvon’s birth mother. I saw an Anderson Cooper interview of a lady named Alicia Stanley who described herself as Trayvon’s stepmother because Trayvon lived with her, Tracy and Alicia’s 2 daughters (don’t know who their father was)since Trayvon was 3 years old she said 85-90% of the time! And they wouldn’t let her sit in the front row with the rest of the family at his funeral. But check this…on the night Trayvon was killed daddy Tracy was with another woman who apparently did live at or proximal to the complex where Zimmerman lived and where the shooting occurred. I guess I’ve never heard her name but she’s like woman #3.
So Sybrina and Tracy have a new found affection for each other and the son they lost because it’s profitable. Wonder how many kids Tracy’s got left and if they’ll grow up to be just like him.

gracie on July 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

She’s a state judge. Bankruptcy is a federal issue and preempts state law.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs…There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

–Booker T. Washington 1911

ncpatriot on July 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

The Divider-in-Chief strikes again.

What a helluva man.

And what about that fastball!!!!!!

Holy Guacamole!

Can I get a re-do on my vote? Not to worry: my vote was negated early on, I feel confident of that fact.

Let’s get together and vote out the useless ones. Howzaboutit?

We’ve gotta get shed of these Anti-Constitutionalists. NOW.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2013 at 4:07 AM

P P P P SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

B .S.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Say NO to ethanol. Please.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2013 at 4:13 AM

We are all Tray ___ von,

except for the fact that we’re not.

Please, Al, baby, quit using your own peeps. It’s really sad and degenerate.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2013 at 4:16 AM

No. Barrack Obama believes the law is what he says it should be at any given time. That is why Liberals want to fill the Supreme Court with liberals. They believe liberal judges to be the kings of the United States of America. He would have given anything if the judge in the Zimmerman case could have simply found him guily and sentenced him on the spot, because he knew she was on his side. That is why she was chosen for the job, along with Angela Corey.

supersport667 on July 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I was scrolling through the AM dial when I ran across a discussion of the Zimmerman trial. The caller seemed intelligent and well spoken. From her diction I guessed she was a college-educated African-American woman.

After a few sentences I started hearing various standard victimhood phrases. One which stuck in my mind was that “if you didn’t think the prosecutors had exactly this result in mind, then you don’t understand the system.” Uh. Okay. The prosecutors intentionally decided to gin up a high-profile nationally followed trial where they end up looking like idiots. Got it.

The radio personality asked a few questions and as he was talking, I got the sense that I recognized the voice. He started asking another guest about whether they planned to sue George Zimmerman in civil court. The guest replied in the affirmative at which point the personality asked “What are you going to go for?” The guest said they didn’t know, because they didn’t yet know what Zimmerman’s assets were. So here we go, seemingly intelligent people, none of whom are actually the aggrieved party, casually discussing how much blood money they could suck out of George Zimmerman despite the fact that he was found not guilty.

Who would take to the airwaves with such brazenly racist bilge? It had to be some fringe nutball, but the voice kept nagging at me and nagging at me. That’s when they broke and identified the program as the Keep Hope Alive show starring Jesse Jackson.

Mystery solved. Race baiters unite!

AJsDaddie on July 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

What if Martin’s parents took the time to raise him? What about young Martin is admirable? Smokin dope, playing with guns, suspended from school (for possessing burglary tools and stolen property. Making and using “Purple Drank” (by his own account). Most damning aspect of the BS story of young Martin is his chief apologists, sharpton, jackson and obama, the most hypocritical, disingenuous trio on this earth. Surprised this lad came to a bad end? Nope.

StevC on July 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

It seems pretty obvious that Obama secretly wishes he had led that black experience that he proffers so readily. Pre-Senate Obama was a child of privilege, raised by two white people, and educated at America’s finest white institutions. Obama has been “acceptable” to whites his entire life. He has relied on that. Selling his blackness has been the trick. American Thinker.

Zcat on July 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Well, I suppose Obama could’ve been OJ Simpson, too. Such is life….

FerdtheMoonCat on July 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4