Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’
WASHINGTON (AP) – Urging Americans to “do some soul searching,” President Barack Obama injected himself into the emotional debate over the fatal shooting of a teenager in Florida, turning the racially charged case into a personal matter for the nation’s first black president.
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said Friday.
Obama’s words also catapulted the death in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, already the focus of major national attention, into the presidential campaign. Three Republicans seeking Obama’s job all used the word “tragedy” to describe the shooting, as the president did.
“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 at the White House.
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Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’
Can Barack Hussein Obama pander for votes any harder than this?
I’m not saying Obama is a heartless bastard, but there is NOTHING the man does that isn’t specifically designed to influence voters as he attempts to entice as many bleeding hearts over to his side as possible.
And in the interest of *fair and balanced*, proving once again that I DO call a spade a spade, no matter which side of the aisle it falls on;
Republican presidential candidates quickly weighed in after Obama spoke.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called the shooting a “horrible case.” Referring to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight, Santorum said: “Stand your ground is not doing what this man did.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigning in Louisiana, said the shooting was a “terrible tragedy, unnecessary, uncalled for, and inexplicable at this point.”
Romney said it was “entirely appropriate for the district attorney to be looking into this and to have called a grand jury and to find out what the facts are. We hope that justice is done in this case.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia also called it a tragedy and credited local authorities for empaneling a grand jury. “There’s a point in there where there ought to be some kind of signal that’s pretty clear that this is a guy who’d found a hobby that’s very dangerous,” Gingrich said of Zimmerman.
I personally find this pandering to be just as disgusting when it comes from WHITE GOP candidates as I do when it comes from Obama.
Lets look at this realistically; if these men weren’t running for the office of President, if Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t attempting to remain President, this would just be another sad non-issue except perhaps on a local basis.
If it weren’t an election cycle and these men weren’t pandering, Trayvon Martin would just be another statistic, another young Black man that met a violent death, and there would be very few people not in the immediate area or related to him that would give a DAMN!
Now, Trayvon Martin is the *flavor of the month* and his death is being used by their staffs to highlight the *human* side of the candidates!
Al Sharpton and the NAACP are all up in the air, beating their chests and screaming about Trayvon’s death being motivated by race, and racial hatred. I have to say, this may be the very 1st time I have ever agreed with Al Sharpton or the NAACP on anything, even if I do suspect their motive.
All I know is what I have read in the news, but so far I have seen a lot of print used to describe George Zimmerman as a White Hispanic. I know NOTHING of Zimmerman and his inner feelings regarding race and racial hatred, so, I am still going to tread very lightly regarding this being *racially motivated*.
All I know is this; what appears to have been a fine young man is now dead.
Was Trayvon confronted by Zimmerman? Did he strike Zimmerman? Did Trayvon feel threatened BY Zimmerman and thus, was Trayvon merely defending himself?
Was Trayvon *standing his ground*?
That’s what most men would do when confronted in a threatening manner. That is exactly what I would have done if I was confronted by a WANNABE cop.
It WILL be interesting to see how this plays out, I hope Trayvon’s death brings some degree of justice, for HIM if he was in the right, and to Zimmerman if, by chance, he was right.
I am not saying this to denigrate Trayvon Martin in ANY way, but suppose he (Trayvon) had been a WHITE kid. Would we see or hear any national outrage or outrage from the candidates and the President himself?
Why is there no outrage regarding this story?
Teens set kid on fire for being ‘white boy’
A 13-year-old boy who police say was doused with gasoline and lit on fire last week while walking home from school is recovering from first-degree burns to his face and head.
The boy was just two blocks from his home in Kansas City Tuesday when two teenagers began to follow him and then attacked him, his mother, Melissa Coon, said.
Police have described the suspects as black 16-year-olds, while the victim is white.
“We were told it’s a hate crime,” Coon told KTLA. SOURCE
Some suffer from selective outrage I guess.
EDIT TO ADD: The picture I have of Trayvon Martin is now rumored to be 5 years old and depicts him as he looked at age 12. There are other pics surfacing now that show a person said to be Trayvon Martin at age 17, flashing GANG signs, calling himself a *Made Nigga* and belonging to some street gang.
There is a hell of a lot more to this story than meets the eye. I still have my suspicions of George Zimmerman and his intentions, but the recent pics of Martin also cause a lot of conflict to be added to an already highly inflamed situation.