President Obama on Trayvon Martin Case: If I Had A Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon

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President Obama has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, calling it a tragedy, urging cooperation among law enforcement and "soul searching" among all of us.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," the Commander-in-Chief said, underscoring how the issue affected him on a personal, and not just a political or legal, level.

Of what Martin's parents are suffering through, Obama said:

"I think they are right to expect that all of us are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of what happened."

"Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids."

"I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together - federal, state and local - to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

The statement by Obama came after he introduced Dartmouth President Jim Kim to be the next head of the World Bank during an appearance in the Rose Garden.

He took only one question before heading back to the West Wing, signaling that he was feeling pressure to make a public comment on the Trayvon Martin case.

Obama was careful not to get too far ahead of events.

He said he was wary of "impairing" the legal process but praised the fact that federal, state and local law enforcement are now working together on Martin's death.

"I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen," he added. "And that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident."

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin in late February, has avoided arrest so far by evoking the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which allows individuals broad latitude to claim self defense in wielding a firearm.

Florida is one of 21 states with such laws, which have since come under intense scrutiny even by previous supporters. Prior to that law being passed in Florida, there were 13 "justified" killings in the state each year.

Since then, there have been 36, as reported by the Associated Press.

The case has attracted widespread media attention, given the broad spectrum of issues it covers. Geraldo Rivera's comments that Martin made himself into a target by wearing a hooded sweatshirt sparked controversy last week.

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No one should be shot dead because he had a hoody on .why not shoot in the leg u must be sure to take a young life .the shooter should get at least twenty years and IM white

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First of all you white ppl on here who are commenting would never be able to understand this. Why are yall even commenting? Yeah this racial tragedy isnt about u all. But 9/10 are! Obama had every right to comment about it. He is the president. Get over the fact he's black & is in the "white" house. My goodness! Zimmerman needs to be shot in the chest to see how it feels. He needs the death sentence. First for saying those racial slurs on tape. Two for following him when told not to. Three he shouldve fought back once he felt Trayvon was unarmed.shooting him is what he wanted to do. He enjoyed it. He thought this was gonna get swept under the rug. No! He thought his parents werent serious about this murder! oh yes! Zimmerman needs to be under the jail. And u who let him go free need to rot in hell too!

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This is a little late, but what the hell does 'if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,' have to do with any of this? Another stupid, pointless comment directing people away from the actual issue. No one gives a shit what your son would look like...what a dumb ass, irrelevant comment...sheesh.

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okay black white it doesnt matter yes it was wrong but this is a race war now, HE ISNT EVEN WHITE no i am not defending him i firmly believe that murder was way out of line and he does deserve a sentence but what about the four witnessess and one man yes was black, this is turning out to be a huge thing but what about other murders around the united states my neice was murdered by a mexican man but does that make me want to hate mexicans and kill them all and start a race war. WHY DONT YOU PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON THE WORLD, did you guys know there are men selling goat milk getting arrested and tortured. THANK THE GOVERNMENT FOR THIS BULLSHIT, Im not saying this case is bullshit, but the fact that they are arresting people for goat milk vs murder come on now, they are doing this to start a race war people

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- First I Would Like to say That Trayvon Was My Older Cousin , He Ment Soo Much To Me . iStill Cry At Night Hoping He'll Come Over And Play 2K12 with My Brother . This Is More Than A Tragedy , iWish People Wuld See This For What It Really Is . Zimmerman Is A Man Who Cant Be Trusted For His Word . If You Murdered My Cousin In "Self-Defence" WHY Are YOU In Hiding ? If Your Shit Is Legit You Shuld Even Worry About Anything Else But proving Your Word . But NO You Had To Lie And SAy My Cousin , Attacked You : O Im sorry But Nobody Was Born Yesterday To Believe That Bullshit . *Sigh* iJust Want Justice For My Cousin , Because Of Him . He Never Got To Live His Life . iLove You Tray , You Will Forever Be In My Heart . -Laya

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If Obama had a son he would look like the real father.

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@jennifer- I remember that case as well. there are many more like that. it's sad that the only time a black youth's death is worth protesting for is when a white holds the gun. following this case- the reasons for the anger keeps changing. the latest reason is a polished answer of the wrongs of the ( STAND YOUR GROUND) law. it has a more reputable spin. just a more polished self serving version of hate.

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Compared to the Trayvon Martin case I think you will be interested in the rather different reaction from Obama to the brutal killing of two white British tourists by another 17-year-old black kid in Florida: http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.u...

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I am sick and there is no cure.

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Reed the KKK called there missing there village idiot. Racist ass.

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