July 19th, 2013
01:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me'

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.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. tom l.

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I disagree, Obama is a bigger thug than martin

    July 19, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Ty

    Speak the truth Obama!! If you have never been in our shoes dont say hes out of line cause YOU HAVE NO IDEA

    July 19, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Winning

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "if a white male teen was involved in the same scenario, top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."
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    Gee... usually he leaves the race-baiting to his minions.

    July 19, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. patNY

    Oh the RWNJ's are going to have a field day with this!

    July 19, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Dave

    And the continuation of his efforts to flame racial discord continues.

    July 19, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Bill

    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).

    July 19, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. drewATX

    he needs to stay out of this before the tensions get any worse than they are.

    July 19, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Bob Dobalina

    Thank you for further dividing the American people.

    July 19, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Kate

    He is correct.

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Carl

    Now how can that be proven beyond what was already decided by the jury? Obama's brilliance is becoming dull.

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Fed up in Maryland

    Way to fan the fires, Mr. President.

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. The bad doctor

    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?

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. mikey

    Wow

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. jjwalkilie

    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!!!

    July 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. kevin

    Oh .. this is going to go over well ....

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. ben

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Dave

    If only we could turn back time.

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Jerry D

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. blah

    really? racism? Everyone is against blacks? No wonder this country has issues

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. God Bless Mandela

    Way to keep us polarized Mr. President, thanks a lot.

    July 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. felimarie

    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.

    July 19, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Cado

    So that explains why less than 20% of the population makes up more than 50% of the inmates...they were all framed

    July 19, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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