President Barack Obama has shared his thoughts on the tragic Trayvon Martin case. As many are aware now, the 17-year old high school student was shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was set free when he claimed self defense with the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law on his side. The tides have changed and while Zimmerman is not yet arrested the FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime.
President Obama was asked about the tragedy while at a White House Rose Garden ceremony where he was introducing his choice for the next president of the World Bank Friday morning.
“All of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through. I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.
Obama offered his sympathy to Martin’s grieving parents saying, “My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin,” he added. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
The president’s comments come after he was under intense pressure by black leaders to make a formal statement regarding the case. Since this morning Rev. Al Sharpton had this to say,
“It was extremely important that the president has weighed in on this issue because it further raises the need to deal with the issues raised by this case . . . around the country.”
What do you think of President’s Obama commenting the on Trayvon Martin tragedy?