Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke out publicly on Friday for the first time on the Trayvon Martin case following the acquittal of George Zimmerman last week.
Appearing at the White House, Obama injected a personal perspective on the verdict as well as a legal interpretation of the outcome.
Trayvon Martin could have been ANY of us! We already have to worry about driving while black, now we have to worry about walking while black. It's a sad day in Amerikkka.
I'm so disappointed in President Obama. I felt his first comments were appropriate and fine. Now, he says this. Clearly, he is the most divisive president ever. Even more divisive that GWB.
I disagree, Obama is a bigger thug than martin
Speak the truth Obama!! If you have never been in our shoes dont say hes out of line cause YOU HAVE NO IDEA
As an Obama supporter, I have to say I feel it was beneath both the office, and Obama as a person, to comment on this at all. I wish he had just left it alone.
"if a white male teen was involved in the same scenario, top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."
Gee... usually he leaves the race-baiting to his minions.
Oh the RWNJ's are going to have a field day with this!
And the continuation of his efforts to flame racial discord continues.
So Obama was a thug 35 years ago ? Good to know. I didnt know he had a history of felony aggravated assault (which is what Martin was doing to Zimmerman when he was shot).
he needs to stay out of this before the tensions get any worse than they are.
Thank you for further dividing the American people.
He is correct.
Now how can that be proven beyond what was already decided by the jury? Obama's brilliance is becoming dull.
Way to fan the fires, Mr. President.
So the president feels like he could have beaten someone's head against the ground and made that person fear for his life so greatly that he thinks his only recourse would be to defend his life with deadly force?
No, it couldn't have been you Mr. President. Two people know what actually happened that night and one of them is dead. You are making some pretty big assumtions. You making these statments does NOT help this country calm down after a high emotion case like this!!!
Oh .. this is going to go over well ....
I typically like this president, but he needs to keep his mouth shut about this type of stuff. He is doing nothing but inciting. Trayvon could have been ANYONE of us – we are not predestined for being white, black, yellow, orange, or whatever color people like to say.
If only we could turn back time.
Very disappointed that Obama continues to bring the power of his office to bear into this matter. His comments continue to convey a sense that the jury verdict is not to be respected, and as the country's top law enforecement official, I find that very troubling. He is just adding to the sense of racial grieivance, not alleviating it. He should be ashamed.
really? racism? Everyone is against blacks? No wonder this country has issues
Way to keep us polarized Mr. President, thanks a lot.
It was brave of him to say something about this sensitive subject matter. I honestly didn't expect for him to say something and I am glad he did.
So that explains why less than 20% of the population makes up more than 50% of the inmates...they were all framed