President Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin

Monday, March 26, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Getty)

At a White House press conference on Friday, President Obama was asked to comment on the Trayvon Martin case. He noted that because of the on-going Justice Department investigation, he had to restrict his comments, and then paused to collect his thoughts. He went on to express his sympathy to the 17-year-old shooting victim's parents. "You know, if I had a son he'd look like Trayvon, and I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves," he said. The unscripted comment has generated a powerful response.

Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist says President Obama overstepped in his remarks. Xilla, an editor at Global Grinder, says the president's remarks were appropriate — and deeply moving.

Guests:

Ron Christie and Xilla

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

bill from Massachusetts

Here is what I do not understand, if this is so the story that Zimmerman says, why did he not use less then leathol force, pepper spray, baton, he should have been trained in all asspects of these items of when to use them and when not to, firearm should only be used as last resort and if life is in danger, I understand trayvon martin was unarmed so why did Zimmerman use his side arm, he never should have taken it out to begin with, if he was a true guard he would have had other means if he was trained properly, but I guess he was not.

Mar. 27 2012 02:30 PM
DeBorah from Philadelphia, Pa

President Obama should get Mr. Holder to have that man arrested on disobeying a direct order from the police. He was told by authorities not to follow young Trayvon that they where on their way. Arresting him on that alone would hold him until the Grand Jury investigates the case,

HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO WALK FREE.

To me disobeying the authorities is just like resisting arrest
LOCK THIS MAN UP

Mar. 26 2012 11:54 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

This segment proves that we still can't have an intelligent discussion about race...
If not for the attention that marches, etc. drew to this debacle, there would be no grand jury.
What's most important here is that there be a comprehensive, reasonably transparent investigation. But, that Zimmerman left his car to pursue Trayvon against the desires of police, thereby initiating this incident, seems pretty straight forward.
So, it's Ron Christie who needs to "chill out".
And what exactly was the substance of Xilla's "grocery store checkout" comments?

Mar. 26 2012 09:51 AM

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