President Obama Finally Speaks On Trayvon Martin Case: “If I Had A Son; He’d Look Like Trayvon”
While announcing Dartmouth President Jim Kim as his pick to head the World Bank, President Obama decides to answer one question. It so happens the subject of that one question is Trayvon Martin. President Obama has been reluctant to weigh in due to his position as President, but how can you not have a moral opinion regarding this case. It’s much bigger than beer-gate. Even Newt Gingrich calls the case in Sandford, FL a tragedy. So I don’t know what has changed *whispers politics*, but I’m happy President Obama isn’t afraid to speak on behalf of the real victim, Trayvon Martin:
Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
If you can’t watch the video, you can read President Obama’s full statement when you continue…
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.
But obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
I’m so glad he has addressed this issue.
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