Barack Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

A careful President Barack Obama this morning stepped into the Trayvon Martin case in Florida:

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said, vowing to “get to the bottom of what happened.”

Obama expressed sympathy for the parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, by a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self-defense.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said, calling the case a “tragedy.”

The nation’s first black president aimed his message at Martin’s parents, saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans take this with the seriousness that it deserves, and we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.”

Obama said that “every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

“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.”

The Justice Department and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation, and a grand jury is considering whether to charge George Zimmerman, who acknowledged shooting the teen but said it was in self-defense. Martin’s parents, civil rights activists and others who have rallied to the cause say they won’t be satisfied until Zimmerman is arrested.

Updated at 1:55 p.m.: Rick Santorum may be the first GOP presidential candidate to weigh in on the matter. From the Washington Post:

“Well, ‘Stand Your Ground’ is not doing what this man did,” Santorum said Friday morning at a campaign event in Monroe, La. “There’s a difference between ‘Stand Your Ground’ and doing what he did. And it’s a horrible case. It’s chilling to hear what happened, and of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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265 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

aw hell its gon git hot in heeerre!

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

does MICHELLE have a “bun in the oven”?

Teddy Roosevelt

March 23rd, 2012
11:09 am

They have severe gun laws in Chicago, which make the city much safer, right??

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
11:21 am

Class warfare and the racist cards are the best tools for Democrats during the political season.

ramguy68

March 23rd, 2012
11:32 am

Class warfare and going after gays, women and minorities are the best and only tools for the Republi-cons have during the political season.

allgood

March 23rd, 2012
11:32 am

Sad story. Too bad people like Centrist want to use this tragedy to divide us.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

why do conservatives feel they have to beat up on gays constantly?

Jason Murdoch

March 23rd, 2012
11:44 am

this speech was 5 minutes of fluff.

Deonte Knowles

March 23rd, 2012
11:45 am

On behalf of the African American community, I would like to apologize for disrupting a party that used to be fairly conservative. I have studied political science at the University of Georgia and am disappointed in my own people for ruining the state Democratic Party of Georgia. We were not alone, however, in disrupting the politics of this state. A large group of Northern Republicans also moved to Georgia. They voted Republican party up north and also did so when they moved to Georgia. The African-American community, nonetheless, is currently accepting bribes from the federal level democrats in D.C. In addition to our antics, state leaders in Georgia are nothing short of crooks. As a result, the inhabitants of Georgia are living under tyranny. It is a lose-lose situation for the majority of people.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
11:47 am

@deonte

what the heck are u yakking about

Mark

March 23rd, 2012
11:47 am

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

why do conservatives feel they have to beat up on gays constantly?

How about a hidden agenda maybe?

Mark

March 23rd, 2012
11:49 am

@ deonte

What in the world are you saying here? Isn’t it to early to be chuggin down the booze?

Chaos

March 23rd, 2012
11:49 am

Somehow I just knew that the pres would make political hay out of this…just like John Lewis, Al Sharpton etc.

It is a shame that anyone’s son, regardless of color, would die like this. But I’d be willing to bet if it had been my white son, this story would be a non-starter…and the above mentioned “champions” of blacks wouldn’t give one crap.

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

March 23rd, 2012
11:58 am

How many thugs were killed in Atlanta yesterday?? Where’s Al & Jessie?

gm

March 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

Chaos

I wonder would Rush, Hannity rally behind your son? I dont understand why, thay make millions spewing hate but never come out and stand for a cause.

Fox racist news barely mention this case, lets get real, had this black kid shot any one else but a black kid fox and idiots along with college drop out sean hannity would have been showing this story 100 times a day.
When racist bigots of any color continue to shoot unarmed black kids, thank God for the Al and Lewis for their support, Rush L. would never come out to protest anything but his millions for expolited angery whites.

Teddy Roosevelt

March 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

I think the bribes deonte is talking about is welfare, basically a bribe for votes. Free food, free housing, free medical care all in exchange for a steady supply of votes.

This is indeed a sad story, but had the races been switched I think this would be just another statistic.

Auntie Christ

March 23rd, 2012
12:06 pm

If you are protesting the killing of a Black youth by some racist cop or racist redneck, If you are protesting a legal system that allows the murderers of Black youth to go free, if you are concerned about the vitriol and lies directed at Obama stemming from the racist psyche of the tea party types, then you are “Playing the race card.” If you are protesting a legal system that allows wholesale fraud in the financial markets, or a tax code that is more loophole than law, allowing billionaires to pay less tax than a hotel maid, you are engaging in “class warfare.”

gm

March 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

How’s the racisit Ron Paul working out for you? Not wining many states, no ones going to vote for a old under cover klansmen

AJ

March 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Since he is 1/2 White I think his son could very well look like Adolph Hitler.

resno2

March 23rd, 2012
12:10 pm

Jason Murdoch @11:44 am
All of his speeches nothing but fluff.

resno2

March 23rd, 2012
12:13 pm

GM…”…angry whites”? You sound like an angry non-white.

Jack

March 23rd, 2012
12:13 pm

liberalefty@11:40

Why do gays constantly provoke beat-ups? Smacks of identity crisis to me.

Jack

March 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

Get a job, Auntie Christ. Pay some taxes.

allgood

March 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

No justice, no peace.

Deonte Knowles

March 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

The majority of my people who are looking for a quick fix and some type of political power were not getting any luck from state government after 2001. Obama and Holder were a blessing to us in a sense that they have appointed us as federal agents right here in Atlanta. It is in our culture to “take over” society. Needless to say, the majority of us that have gotten our political immunity from Holder do not have the credentials to back it up. We want to protect our thugs and drugs dealers with our federal immunity from the president. At the same time, Nathan Deal and many of his compadres are opening up jail space to house a whole new segment of the population. We have voted the same party to represent Georgia that illegally invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.

lars

March 23rd, 2012
12:17 pm

I think Deonte is referring to the outrageously gerrymandered districts that were pre-cleared by the Justice Department, and which will probably result in a Republican 2/3 supermajority next year.

BO

March 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

Any wonder who watches the Hi(tler)story Channel. It is nothing but a propaganda channel for those with weak minds. Read Real History to learn the truth.

Auntie Christ

March 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

Get a job, Auntie Christ. Pay some taxes.

Why should I pay taxes when donald trump and most other republicans don’t. If you have time to post idiotic comments here, apparently you need a job, or else more likely you’re stiffing your employer and posting useless comments when you should be working. typical republican cheat.

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

If you ONLY emphasize Black youth violence by whites, vitriol and lies directed at Obama – you are “Playing the race card.” If you condone the underground economy and half the voting population not to pay income taxes, ignore the Democrat Congress/ President that helped themselves, friends, family, and campaign contributors for or a tax code allowing billionaires to pay at a lower tax RATE than a hotel maid, you are engaging in “class warfare.” If you claim billionaires pay LESS actual tax than a hotel maid, you are simply a partisan.

Listen up!

March 23rd, 2012
12:25 pm

Folks, the president was asked a question and he answered it. He didn’t bring it up! Nothing to see here! By the way, I just read that Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Peruvian, though I still don’t know what that has to do with anything!

Auntie Christ

March 23rd, 2012
12:30 pm

Centrist: a tax code allowing billionaires to pay at a lower tax RATE than a hotel maid,

You’re a romney supporter, ergo to you “corporations are PEOPLE my friend.” ergo exxon mobil, GE, and a few hundred other “people’ who made billions last year paid no income tax. look it up.

gm

March 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Centrist
Class warfare and the racist cards

Trying to paint the President as a radical and not one of us, something the rep has been doing since Obama been in office is more of a race card ””

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Another ignorant and moronic comment by our leader and chief.

Andy

March 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

Just one question people,Not if but When martial law is declared, do you think with the present DOJ it will be carried out fairly or will it be carried out along racial lines. Remember the Black Panther at the Voting Place?

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:35 pm

Andy….Better keep your arms loaded and ready.

God

March 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

Andy & Uga,

Please don’t procreate. The World has enough haters.

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:41 pm

God…..What did we say that was hateful?

Andy

March 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

God just needs to answer the question? It isn’t like it isn’t obvious why you do not want to though!

BLACK PANTHERS

March 23rd, 2012
12:43 pm

andy we coming to get u …

God

March 23rd, 2012
12:43 pm

uga,

God is all-knowing. Search your soul for the answer to your hatred.

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
12:45 pm

While I support Romney over Obama, I do not support the bailouts and agree with the “Buffet rule” (even though it is a relative drop in the revenue bucket). Romney is certainly not a racist and I don’t see him “spin” anyway near like Obama. Thankfully, neither Romney nor Obama concentrate on religious or social issues which rightfully take a back seat to the affairs of state.

Here are some Romney postitions I favor over Obama’s:

* Tackle the annual deficit and long term debt.

* Downsize and impose far greater productivity and efficiency inside the federal government.

* Eliminate and cut programs return numerous federal programs to the states.

* Revamp the tax, Social Security and Medicare systems.

* Repeal/revamp Obamacare.

* Expand energy exploration.

* Confront Iranian nuclear acquisition.

* Restrict Illegal immigration.

* Appoint constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court.

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:47 pm

God…..are you being judgemental?

DABCOOPER

March 23rd, 2012
12:50 pm

What I want to know is…..When is Obama going to come to the aid of the American people?

Not just Black folks. Didn’t white people help elect him?

DannyX

March 23rd, 2012
12:50 pm

“Tackle the annual deficit and long term debt.”

Lol! Romney’s tax plan adds $900 billion to the deficit in 2015. What is Romney going to do to reduce the deficit? Use his etch-a-sketch?

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

uga

the GOD of the bible is a judgemental murdering jealous maniac…

Mark

March 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Another ignorant and moronic comment by our leader and chief.

It’s evident that you use this forum each day to debate your political views, but I’m curious as to why this statement by the President is idiotic and moronic as you stated.

UGA1999 tell us your views on this tragedy?

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

@dabcooper

isnt TRAYVON an AMERICAN?

UGA 1999

March 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

I wonder if when this is all said and done if he will invite Zimmerman to the White House for a beer. Been there done that.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

@uga

that coward is going to prison..hope he has strong sphincter muscles….

God

March 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

My son, Jesus, is a black man. For some odd reason, in the Bible belt, they portray my boy as a blue-eyed, golden-haired second coming version of Barry Gibb.