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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@ Jermaine- When you get to the point where you can create a Dialog as to why Whites - Asians- Hispanics lock their door- And want to get away from you- ONLY THEN you are doing something worth doing! You tell us the end result! The WHY is what you need to ask! Is it the Media that does this to you? Movies? A conspiracy? Or is it something in Real Every Day Life. The WHY is What you could work on before 27!

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In my opinion the Spanic with fully German last name was tired of every single day dramas in the neighborhood. The young fella was approaching him with real intentions. I'm white, from Lithuania and I've been in US and what I know for sure...I would've shoot probably even 10 times.

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first of all im going to put it out there.i am a young black male, and if you are not black then you dont have to worry about walking past whit people car doors and watch them lock there doors just because you are young and black,or walk past you and you move out the way thinking im gonna rob you. white people can go running at night.how many blacks have you seen running at night without being a suspect.blacks whites mexican it dont matter we all have bad seeds with in our race.that doesnt mean the rest of us get treated like animals.we built this country and this is the respect we get.whites just stole it and took over.and we have to live under the laws that they inforce..thats real bs..and by the way i have no record and never been to jail and im 26 years old.but i still have to get treated just like the a criminal.this case needs real justice and i support obama in every aspect of this case,

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TO ALL TO READ, TRATVON WILL BE MISS BY ALL WHO KNOW HIM AND LOVE HIM,TO THE MAN THAT SHOT HIM,IF YOU HAVE A SON AND SOMEONE LIKE YOU,DID WHAT YOU DID TO TRAYVON,WOULD'ED YOU CALL HIM A MURDERER, HE WAS JUST A YOUNG KID, WHEN YOU TAKE SOMEONES LIFE, FOR NO REASON AND CALL IT JUSTICE,IN GODS EYES IT IS A UNLAWFUL KILLING,AND IF OTHER DON'T SEE THAT THEY ARE JUST THE SAME,YOU COMMTED MANSLAUGHTER OF A MINNER,JUST TO SAY ANY OF OUR CHILDREN CAN END UP BEENING KILL LIKE THAT, THIS IS A SAD WORLD, IF OUR OWN LAWS MEAN NOTHING,SO WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHERS WHO DO SOMETHING AS SERIOUS AS KILLING A CHILD,HE SHOULD GET HIS PUNISHMENT IN FULL,TRAYVON CRYED FOR HELP...NO ONE HELPED HIM..

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TO ALL TO READ, TRATVON WILL BE MISS BY ALL WHO KNOW HIM AND LOVE HIM,TO THE MAN THAT SHOT HIM,IT YOU HAVE A SON AND SOMEONE LIKE YOU,DID WHAT YOU DID TO TRAYVON,WOULD YOU CALL HIM A MURDERER, HE WAS JUST A YOUNG KID, WHEN YOU TAKE SOMEONES LIFE, FOR NO REASON AND CALL IT JUSTICE,IN GODS EYES IT IS A UNLAWFUL KILLING,AND OTHER DON'T SEE THAT THEY ARE JUST THE SAME,YOU COMMTED MANSLAUGHTER OF A MINNER,JUST TO SAY ANY OF OUR CHILDREN CAN END UP BEENING KILL LIKE THAT, THIS IS A SAD WORLD, IF OUR OWN LAWS MEAN NOTHING,SO WHY HAVE THEM,WHEN OTHER DO SOMETHING AS SERIOUS AS KILLING A CHILD,HE SHOULD GET HIS PUNISHMENT IN FULL,TRAYVON CRYED FOR HELP...NO ONE HELPED HIM..

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Why is Spik Lee not in jail ... O a black person promoting MURDER of innocent people is O.K. because they are not BLACK !!! What about that Mr.Obama . O thats right he's black so that makes it O.K. because he's mad and sooooo hurt over someone he has never met... If the roles where reversed we would not even be having all the hooplaa ... And if white people played the race card like the blacks do OVER EVERY THING we would be concitered white hooded K.K.K. HATE FILLED LINCHERS !!!

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@Rrl, amen to your comment brother.

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By being of a certain race seems to make one look very ignorant to the facts. It's such a shame that even now we can't embrace a man our President! Who dodnt send us to war to fight for his oil or who didnt put our country in this situation! I will forever support OBAMA! Obama! with courage to stand up for what's right! Obviously the police couldn't handle it, that's why a person, oh I am sorry a non black person can say what happened and it's the Fing law! BS! This is a buch of BS and y'all know it white or whatever your race maybe! I know about racism because we live every day!

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As long as he stays president I will refuse to stand for the National Anthem.

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BUNCH OF RACIST BULLSHIT! ONCE AGAIN......SHUT UP SHARPTON