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July 19, 2013 - 11:09 am
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President Obama expanded on the acquittal of George Zimmerman at a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today, noting that he once said he could have had a son like Trayvon Martin but now revising that to “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

“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,” Obama said in the halting, teleprompter-less statement, where he lauded Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin for the “incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation.”

Lawyer Obama said he wouldn’t discuss arguments about the legal side of the case: “I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues,” he said, stressing that the legal process worked in a “professional manner” as it should. “In a case such as this, reasonable doubt is relevant,” he added. “…Once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.”

The president said it was critical to keep in mind “the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store — that includes me,” Obama said, adding the examples of hearing car doors lock when you walk onto a block or seeing a woman “clutch her purse nervously and holding her breath” when a black man gets in an elevator.

This affects, he said, “how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida.”

“There is a history racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case,” the president continued. “This isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact.”

“The fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuses given, ‘Well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent,’ using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.”

“Statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably, statistically, more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else,” Obama acknowledged. “Folks understand the challenges that exist for African-American boys; they get frustrated if they feel that there’s no context for it.”

If Trayvon was a white teen, he said, “both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

Obama called protests and vigils in the wake of the verdict “understandable.”

“If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family,” he said.

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If President Obama is seeing a woman “clutch her purse nervously and holding her breath” it could be she had a reasonable expectation of keeping what she earned until she saw him and realized he's turning America into Detroit.
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" if we’re sending a message, someone armed, using those firearms, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and order that we want to see?”

The answer is a resounding "YES!!".

When a "child" attacks a man, without justification, and attempts to murder him because the man was merely observing the child's behavior, then shooting and killing that child is exactly what should happen.

I am sick and tired of this POS President trying to excuse Martin's criminal behavior because he was black.
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Translation:

"We're NEVER going to let go of this "racism" thing. We will milk it 'till the Sun stops shining, and make you white folks pay and pay and pay."
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The speech Obama should have given.

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be Trayvons.
Don't let 'em pick locks and steal them new trucks.
Make them be doctors and lawyers and such.

Trayvon Martin is not "honored" by making excuses for him and once again blaming white people.

He could be honored if he became the catalyst for change in the way the black community orders its priorities.
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“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store — that includes me,” Obama said...

When I was in my late teens, I had long hair, and recall being watched like a hawk in stores, even though I was dressed quite respectably. I didn't feel any resentment whatsoever towards those who profiled me, and promptly cut my hair after those experiences.
Obama's disgusting. He is actually the bitter clinger, rationalizing and projecting his hatred, taking trips to Africa and standing at the "door of no return", pointing the finger of scorn in ignorance, commenting on this case with nothing to offer but spite. How much longer can people suffer this fool?
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Obama has provided ample evidence to support his assertion,
that he could indeed have been a drug-using, wannabe gangsta in his youth.
Now, although he probably uses drugs less often, Obama did not change.
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That says a lot about the reputation of black men. Is iy justified? Check the facts, Obama.
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President Choom Gang finally says something I agree with.
1 year ago
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I wonder if he was suspended from Punahou School for possession of burglar tools. We'll never know, because the records are sealed.
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My first thought when he said Trayvon could have been him was:
" Does he mean he coulda been the one sitting on Zimmerman and
banging his head on the ground?"
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One more thing. He mentioned how people tend to react more fearfully and suspiciously to black teens than white teens. Could it perhaps be because black teens are much more likely than white teens to engage in criminal behavior. And while he talks about black teens being likely to be shot, did he mention that it is fairly rare they are shot by a white, and they are mainly shot by other black teems.
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On this one I don't fault Obama for what he did say, which had some reason, but far more for what he did NOT say. He never said whether he recognized the verdict as legitimate. He never condemned street violence in places like LA. He never condemned the various beating of whites by black youth done "for Treyvon". He never condemned the various race baiters who still claimed Zimmerman murdered in cold blood. He never condemned the idea that it is OK to physically attack somebody for the offense of following you.
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THE REASON FOR OBAMA'S PRO-TRAYVON HATE SPEECH

With millions of race insane leftists and blacks wanting the non-racist, black loving George Zimmerman's head on a racial platter, and Obama unable to give it to them for lack of evidence, what does he do? He gives a divisive, unpresidential, inflammatory, demagogic, race baiting, pandering, pro-Trayvon hate speech saying that he could have been that vicious little thug (who tried to "Gay" bash Zimmerman to death thinking he was a sexual predator) to assure the crazed lynch mob he's on their side. In short, as no Federal hate crime charges are forthcoming against Zimmerman Obama spoke yesterday in the hope that it will mitigate the impact of his inaction.

BTW with most Americans supporting last week's just verdict the anti-Zimmerman hate movement will have a shorter lifespan than the riotous "eat the rich" Occupy Wall Street Movement which Obama likewise incited and pandered to. This is truly a new low for the former disciple of Jeremiah Wright whose God Damn America speech anticipated his destructive, chaos causing presidency.
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