This huckster is playing the situation like a finely tuned instrument.
First of all, being president of the United States affords the holder of that office a major impact on the nation’s public discourse. which means using prudence at all times when weighing in on matters not directly related to the politics of the day, and especially so when discussing a crime, and one that involves a minority being killed.
A president should never use such a situation like this to advance his own ideological viewpoints, and in the case of this clown, promote his own cult of personality. President Obama knows absolutely nothing (none of us do) of the exact events involving a male of mixed Hispanic/White background (and reportedly has black relatives) arrested for shooting a Black male a few days ago.
In speaking to the media, Pres.Obama wraps himself in the story by stating if he had a boy, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old shot by George Zimmerman. Obama, as the U.S. president, makes this whole sad scenario about race, when he himself hasn’t a clue yet what the entire facts are. As I said before, no one really does as of yet.
Pres.Obama is demagoguing the issue for the sake of inflaming the public, when he really should be -if he really thinks he must say something- tamping down tensions and the over- the-top rhetoric by some of the well known race baiters, like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. Saying that ”the nation should do some soul searching” already impugns society (he means white society) with a sense of guilt for something they have absolutely nothing to do with. What he should have said was,
“Since all the facts to the case have not yet been disclosed, it would be wrong to weigh in on the matter, especially since it might hinder the ongoing investigation. I have trust in Florida’s law officials to conduct a thorough investigation and for the criminal justice department, if need be, to prosecute the case.”
That’s it. If I, a lone blogger in far away Finland can come up with a decent response, you’ll have to ask yourself why didn’t Obama, who clearly was fielded a question he was waiting for. This man really disgusts me.
UPDATE: From BREITBART.COM: “It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said. “Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be ok because it didn’t look like him?”
US President Barack Obama: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”
Obama urges ‘soul-searching’ after black teen’s killing
Weighing his words carefully, the country’s first African American president pleaded for national “soul searching” after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in a Florida gated community by a white Hispanic neighborhood watch guard.
“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,” Obama, the father of two young girls, told reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
Up to 20,000 people demanding justice rallied late Thursday in the Florida town of Sanford where Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in late February.
Protesters have claimed that Martin’s killing is just the last example of racial profiling and unjust treatment of blacks by the country’s criminal justice system.
And the mostly African American crowd demanded the arrest of Zimmerman, who says he acted in self-defense after a confrontation with the teenager.
Martin’s parents “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,” Obama said.
“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened.