President Obama Calls For Compassion and Understanding

President Obama’s remarks today on the verdict.

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

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  • missliberties

    To widen the circle of understanding with compassion. Nice.

    As a heads up to those who want to brand all people from the South as bigots, that is decidedly not true. So stop saying that.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I don’t think he did.

  • Badgerite

    This is one of the reasons why I have always been and continue to be very proud of every vote I cast for this man.

    • muselet

      It is good to have a grown-up in the White House.

      –alopecia

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      I feel the same way.

  • Bubble Genius

    !!!!JUST LIKE BUSH!!!!!1!!!

    • Victor_the_Crab

      NO! DRONES AND PHONES! HE’S WORSE THAN BUSH! IMPEACH HIM NOW, NOW, NOW!!!

      • Zen Diesel

        Heard on the radio today, a yahoo blame Obama for the Zimmerman arrest and trial. When will the madness end.

        • Victor_the_Crab

          That doesn’t surprise me the least.

  • Treading_Water

    I expect the Fox chyron any minute now:

    “OMG, why does he hate white people?”

    • muselet

      It hasn’t happened yet? They’re slipping.

      –alopecia

      • chris ellis

        Gerlado and Pirro said this trial wouldnt even have happened if he didnt push this…Rove said he ‘took sides’.

        • muselet

          Righties have been banging that drum since Day 1 (see the first three paragraphs of page 2).

          Swine.

          –alopecia

        • Ipecac

          And since they’re playing “what if”, if Trayvon had stalked and murdered Zimmerman, he would have been arrested immediately and be in jail today.

      • mrbrink

        Oh, it never sleeps. They stoke race war for breakfast on Fox.

        • muselet

          I repeat: swine.

          –alopecia

    • D_C_Wilson

      Look for “Obama’s war on white people” to be a thing on the right very soon.

      • chris ellis

        all at once, they blame him for hiring too many white people, not enough white people, being racist, being elitist, being a socialist, not caring about the little person, caring too much about big business and also being too much about government intervention. it really doesnt matter the attack as long as it’s against the President.

        • nasani

          Yet, this good man the majority of us elected twice — despite all the arrows being slang at him from left and right and media — keeps on going. He keeps on going with intelligence, love, grace, compassion, integrity, and above all, with unshakable determination to improve the lives of ordinary people. I never imagined I’ll leave to see a President like Barack Obama.

  • BlueTrooth

    Throughout the trial, I held out hope that the Jurors might fall back on manslaughter. but when they announced a verdict had been reached, I had a sinking feeling that the Prosecution hadn’t even convinced me what their final story or timeline of events actually was. Granted, an unarmed boy was killed for walking in his gated community and that would seem to defy anyone’s reasoning for justified homicide. But a trial, a sequestered jury…it has to be made crystal clear. Understand, I’m writing these words for my own benefit, for my own solace. I’m fairly convinced there’s an institutional bias at work in our Justice System (note my sarcasm), but the verdict isn’t what truly bothers me. What bothers me is the blatant racism, the obsession with “shock value” from the right (and sometimes from the left). While there are decent people out there abusing their privilege of anonymity, it is downright frightening to know there are more people that are actually serious about their hatred and loathing of themselves and their neighbors. But this trial has been a bit personal since I have two boys that are pre-teen and just starting to spread their wings with walks to their friend’s house, the Dairy Queen or the convenience store for jerky and gatorade. While racial profiling is central to Trayvon’s murder, there’s also the issue of wannabe heroes armed with loaded guns looking for anyone suspicious…anywhere. Not only misguided heroes, but now we’re arming pedophiles and granting them vigilante privileges. As a parent, I can rattle off a hundred scenarios of tragedy as a result of this “Wild West” gun law spree. It’s a hot mess that becomes unimaginable when you or your child has no option of making a good first impression, because the only impression that gun has is “those fucking punks always get away”.

  • CL Nicholson

    A lot of people are mad at Obama for having the good sense to sound like a reasonable man even at a tough emotional time. Right now, the most important Black man in America can’t afford to appear emotional because it feeds into the idea of Black rage.

    That said, if you don’t think Obama & AG Holder aren’t going to using all means available to haul Zimmerman’s ass into a federal court – you’re either a cynical to the level Greenwald or Sirota or are on serious drugs.

    The quote the famous meme – chill the f** out, I got this.