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Bryan Preston


July 19, 2013 - 12:55 pm

In the minutes after Texas passed HB 2, the law that bans abortions after 20 weeks and raises standards at abortion clinics to protect women’s health, Barack Obama through Twitter signaled his support for those who were protesting against the law. The fact that many of those protesters had engaged in outrageous, even disgusting, behavior did not slow the president down. He was eager to go on the record that he rejected what the people’s representatives had done.

That speed of opinion contrasts with another local case. During the trial of late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania, Obama flatly refused to comment on it at all. To this day he has not weighed in on the trial of a man who was convicted of serial infanticide. If Obama has an opinion on that trial, the media have not asked for it and he has not tweeted or taken to any nearby microphone to offer it.

After the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, Obama struck a middle ground. In the minutes after the verdict came down, his twitter feed fell silent. He eventually offered a text statement but did not come out to speak directly on the matter.

That changed today, when President Obama delivered unannounced remarks on the Zimmerman verdict.

Passions have been running high in the black community in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal. Jesse Jackson has called for the United Nations to investigate American jurisprudence, and has called Florida, which prosecuted Zimmerman, an “apartheid state.” Al Sharpton is calling for demonstrations in 100 U.S. cities, after some demonstrations have already turned violent. Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, is evidently intent on pressing for federal hate crime charges against Zimmerman despite a couple facts: The FBI investigated and found no evidence of racism in him, and the shooting itself does not appear to have been motivated by race. On what might be considered the other side of the black community, Charles Barkley and Bill Cosby have come out agreeing with the verdict and halting calls to keep race at the center of the controversy. Both have assailed the media’s role in using the shooting to inflame racial tensions. Obama is surely aware of what NBC, ABC and the New York Times have done to put race into this story by now. If he is not aware, then he is ill-informed to the point of negligence.

Barack Obama had a choice, and today, he cast his lot with Jackson, Sharpton, and Holder.

In one remark, he injected race and himself directly back into the story.

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.

Obama grew up in privileged circumstances in Hawaii, after his own father abandoned him.

In another statement, he clearly sided with Martin’s family and against Zimmerman’s.

“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.”

Sympathy for Martin’s family is warranted, surely. But the Zimmerman family is facing death threats in the verdict’s wake, including a bounty put on George’s head by the New Black Panthers. Obama has nothing to say about that.

Obama went on to accept and then reject the jury’s verdict. He seemed to accept it when he said “The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

Actually, reasonable doubt is warranted in every criminal case. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

Obama then rejected the verdict when he said “So — so folks understand the challenges that exist for African- American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or — and that context is being denied. And — and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

So the jury got it right, except that in another universe with different facts, they got it wrong.

He attacked a law that did not come up in the case, but has become the left’s current target of rage, when he said “I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?”

Depending on the circumstances, of course he could have. Circumstances are always relevant. In Florida, blacks benefit from “stand your ground” laws more often than whites do. Despite that fact, which Obama could have taken time to enunciate to cool tempers, the president went on to acknowledge that while “stand your ground” was not invoked in Zimmerman’s defense, we should re-examine such laws anyway. Logically, why?

The president who once said that “there is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America” spent the bulk of his comments only speaking to and about the black American experience. He is half white, and was raised by his white grandparents. Notably, Latino America has not heard from Obama about the case at all despite the fact that George Zimmerman is every bit as Hispanic as Obama is black. Has he thrown a Hispanic man under the bus to appease the radical black left?

Throughout his remarks, Obama went to his “on the one hand, on the other hand” style in which he appears to be a moderate, but ultimately what he did was fail to lead. The tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin is becoming a cause, or an excuse, for some to commit violence against their fellow Americans. Rioters have committed numerous acts of violence, including attacking a Hispanic man in Baltimore and assaulting a white grandmother in Houston. This is unacceptable. Unrest has been encouraged by the New Black Panthers, by Sharpton and the refrain “No justice, no peace.”

Obama’s answer to violence? More talk: “If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.” There has already been violence. Has he not seen it?

It may not have occurred to the president, but people who have already resorted to violence are not likely to listen to anyone remind them of anything. How about warning them that the criminal justice system stands ready to deal with anyone who breaks the law ahead of any violence? Obama did not issue such a warning.

That, and his entire tone, constitute a glaring failure of leadership. Barack Obama had a moment when he could have stood above all the factions in the black community, indeed all the factions arguing over the verdict in that trial. He could have spoken to and for more than just one American community. He chose instead to insert himself and race into the story from the world’s largest bully pulpit, while refusing to use that bully pulpit to stand up forcefully for the rule of law.

No fair-minded person will reject the fact that blacks have faced extraordinary mistreatment and racism through American history, from slavery to Jim Crow to backward attitudes that continue to persist. But race played no role in this specific case, according to the prosecution’s case, according to the jury that reached the verdict, and according to Trayvon Martin’s own mother. The president owes the American people a basic, factual accounting, not a third autobiography. By insisting on injecting himself and race into the case, Obama risks inflaming passions when he could have quieted them.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How does violence dishonor the guy who texted 600 times about wanting to do violence?

And how did this become about Obama? If he fights like he bowls or throws a baseball, not even Liberace or Woody Allen would be afraid.

And...if the "roles had been reversed"...Zimmerman being shot...his name would have suddenly become Jorge and this would then magically become a "fight" between a Latino and a black guy ...over a "dispute".

If Zimmerman had died...Obama would not be searching to find his "inner white guy".

So, let's cut the crap. Leftists love to divide America. They don't bother with facts, evidence, truth. And, they use race as their favorite weapon of choice. For Obama the biggest problem with the United States ...are two things. The "united" thing...and the "states" thing.

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"“If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.” There has already been violence. Has he not seen it?"

He doesn't see violence committed by "his people".
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Do you know why David Duke is only a fringe political figure? Because white people got together and said "you're an idiot, you're a racist, you don't speak for me, kindly STFU".

I'm waiting to see when the black community finds the integrity to do the same with Sharpton and Jackson. Because as much as there's all this call for a "national conversation" I'm not really interested in talking to people who allow monsters to speak in their name while villifying people like Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell.
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This is TRAYVON MARTIN before he was shot!!!
This is Trayvon at 17 years old. He was not shot when he was 12. The mainstream media only shows pictures of him at 12.

Why show the same photo at 12 years old that the rest of the mainstream media shows? WHY NOT SHOW THE TRUTH?? Because OBAMA has been caught trying to cause a race war! This is what he needs in order to declare martial law and arrest and jail anyone he wants (political opponents who support the constitution aka Tea Party patriots) without due process!

Government Caught Paying Protesters After Trayvon Martin Shooting To Create Race War
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just as Martin explained I cant believe that you able to get paid $5584 in four weeks on the computer. did you read this page
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Read the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 7, subsection (h) on CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY to understand what Obama is trying to set in motion in America.
evil whites
evil conservative
evil white bigots and assassins
evil conservative christians
evil white christians
AND you lucky self-identifiers as Hispanic, Asian, Armenian, etc., etc., you can be stripped of your identity in the blink of an eye if you are useful for the perpetuation of this ETHNIC CLEANSING CAMPAIGN.
This is an organized attempt by the GOVERNMENT and their incestuous minions in the press to lay the foundation for ETHNIC CLEANSING in America. Some of them may be so stupid they do not realize this, but those at the top of this administration and throughout the Democrat Party hierarchy are fully aware that they are engaging in MARGINALIZATION, OTHERING, and PRE-GENOCIDAL INCITEMENT.
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Publius Huldah Schools TN. AG on the Supremacy Clause
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There is no evidence that trayvon was being attacked so "stand your ground" would not apply.
The evidence supported trayvon attacking Zimmerman and had he survived he could have gone to prison for it.
had Zimmerman attacked trayvon and evidence did not support otherwise he could have walked just as Zimmerman did without a trial.
Had white people protested they would have been called klansmen and forced to disperse, written off as racists if it made the papers
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"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago"
Sorry Barry, but Trayvon was a street punk who would have kicked your limp wristed wimp butt. The only thing you and Trayvon had in common was the wet end of a joint...
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Everything Obama does is planned. He is doing everything possible to revv up his side for the 2014 Midterms. He needs turnout. Turnout. Turnout. That is also why the Wendy Davis stunt was pulled, and why the morons occupy the NC state capitol every Monday. There are everytime voters (who vote in all elections) and sometime voters. Sometime voters are mainly motivated by anger, fear, greed or love. Midterms are mostly driven by anger and fear. Obama needs to motivate his sometime voters when he isn't on the ballot.
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Obma is genius pol .everyone know George Bush was going to be a 1 term president. Then enemy destroyed New York City and Wall Street. What to do? Become war president and destroy evil.Give wall Street license to be even more criminal with easing and jobs were created by the federal reserve chairman. What did he say? He never though Wall street would be the murderer from their greed of the world economy. Still John Kerry had a chance to win. What to do. Destroy John Kerry as war President.
What really taught Obama to win in 2008 is Jerimiah Wright. People in need are attracted to a marxist type of Christian with much incentive from greedmongers from Wall street as they steer the blame for what they did to the little people falling from the middle class into the abysis of poverty staring at them as welfare for wall street comes back to raise from the dead the goose that lays the golden eggs
How does the Marist explain why abortion should be legal? Blaming on the greed monger on Wallstreet. Sure we need wall street but we should have them blushing instead of creating a Satanic religion out to torment . But idf capitalist greed mongers are paying you to for the 1% to steal from the rest of USA people your strong safety net you should understand why Obama is in no rush to get unemployment down because he points to an enemy as evil as al qaida in there greed for being on top dictators of the rise and fall and rise to fall even harder so we need an Elizabeth Warren to save capitalism as we had Rooselvet in the 30s
The hush money Wall street is being paid to become passionless and soft keeping wolf smile low to the ground means they will give Elizabeth a wink and a nod to become first women President
Only she listening to General waxwing01 on how to stop the abortions completly except for the illegal ones not this Rick Perry fella way as he winks at Satan to murder babies Satan really fingerrs and lusts for and not just rif raf babies
AS Jesus say : God is a Spirit and we MUst worship with Spirt and TRUTH. Getting the majority of USA people to agree to end abortion is the only way to keep our democracy. General waxwing01 provide the shock and awe to do this and resist becoming Supreme Master and Commander 6 star General with such a woman with such desirable passion to bring good changes to our nation I believe
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the way Obama made millions of converts for Elizabeth Warren with a few words :" I am a Berliner " I am the 17 year old child gunned. " "tear down that Berlin Wall"
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Is there an English translation of your comments available?
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Short answer? No.

Long answer: Not mentally stable. Don't bother to read.
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when this halfwit african pile of poo was elected, his agenda was spelled out right here on this site. we said when the time is ripe, he will try to fuel racial riots so he can, once it gets very bad, declare martial law. the e.o.'s he has signed give him total dictatorial powers over everything we own or do. his speech had a purpose achieved, and his army of simpletons have and will react as expected. they do love all the free stuff.

don't know if our creepy commie will succeed or not but it might just be time to rock and roll. he's obviously looking to foment a fight, so all patriots - kypd.
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The good news is that we can permanently retire the always-ridiculous contention that Obama is some kind of uniter. Divisiveness and group-think have always been his approaches.
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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 jury 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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