Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

And if we had a president instead of a race baiter, he'd look nothing like Obama.


President Obama weighed in Friday on the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, calling it a national tragedy - and saying that the young man reminded him of his own children.

"When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," Obama said in Rose Garden remarks. "I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. And that everybody pull together."

Obama has come under fire from some black leaders for failing to comment on a case that has become a major national story - and brought thousands of Americans into the streets for demonstrations calling for the arrest of Martin's shooter. One black leader even wondered why Obama called a Georgetown student who was attacked by Rush Limbaugh, but not Martin's family. Obama's comments Friday represent the first time the president has addressed the growing controversy.

"But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said. "All of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves."

"Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through," Obama said. "All of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this has happened."

Why should the leader of the free wold dive head first into a racial controversy that has been blown far, far out of proportion by those who seek to use the death of a young black man for their own personal agendas?

A Hispanic man shoots a black kid where no one knows the exact circumstances in which the shooting occurred and where we are likely never to know what happened. Instead of waiting for the facts, narratives have replaced truth and we have a full blown racial incident when it isn't even clear that race was a factor.

Obama could have said - should have said - "no comment." Instead, he sought out an opportunity to stoke the fires of race hate:

Obama's answer also reflects a departure from usual precedent. The president, who was ostensibly announcing the nomination of a new World Bank head, usually does not take shouted questions from reporters at the end of his prepared remarks - but today, he made an exception for the Martin case.

Obama leaves no doubt that he has taken sides on the issue - something a president should only do when the facts are clear and incontrovertible. How will he look if it comes out that the shooter was justified in defending himself?

The president's rush to enter the fray proves it was done for political purposes, and not to calm a tense situation that has been blown out of proportion by the racialists in the African American community that support him.