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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@ Hugh G Let me get this off my chest because your post was very ignorant! First off, you only looked at one side of the story, Yes he was 6"3 and wearing a hoodie (which means nothing!) Secondly, your telling me a 28 year old Adult Male who weighs over 200 pounds cannot fight off a 17 year old 6"3 140pound kid without SHOOTING him?.... Let me get to the point, there was no reason for anyone to die in that physical altercation. Not only should this man have all his weapons taken away from him, he should be placed and jail and have a therapist look at him!

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Let me get this straight: If I get jumped in the middle of the night by someone 6'3" wearing a Hood and carrying a large metal object, I must first identify his genetic origin and then take the beat down unless he is white, then it's o.k. to introduce him to Mr. 9? Really?

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I think everyone should worry about trayvon not Obama not Zimmerman pray for his family they have lost a child brother grandson nephew and friend. Zimmermans family still has him to talk to to hold and to cherish he is still alive and breathing trayvon is no longer so push aside all the hatered and rascism for a second to understand that a child was lost for unnessacary reasons!! Obama stated just to pray for the family!! It has nothing to do with him as a president and what's going on in the economy! He was just stating his sympathy for trayvons family. So I think everyone needs to take a few steps back a think if it were they child or their niece or nephew even little cousin how they'd feel. I'm just saying it. Needs to stop its not about Obama or Zimmerman its about TRAYVON!!!

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RACIST AMERICA IS SHIT!!!! ONCE RACIST ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is NOT about our PRESIDENT!!!!! Justice need to be serve that's all!!! If u are a parent and live ur child or children u would understand this story!!! Shame on the ones that have no heart!!

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It seemed so odd that people just stood by and watched, yet that is exactly what happened. Only one witness came forward, but so many more are out there. They should come forward. It seems Zimmerman has a friend he didn't even know about.

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If Obama had a son he would not have been smoking crack and getting blown by Larry Sullivan, and Rahm Emmanual. Horrific tragety for all involved. Peace be with the Martin's and Zimmerman's. The intersection of time, space and circumstances can trump the best of people, let alone us mere mortals. How easy it is to judge all when the facts are not known.

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Hey---whoa, whoa, whoa here! Let's not walk all over people's constitutional right to Free Speech. Nope. Nobody should be told to shut up!

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Noooooo @BS, you shut up!

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@BS Ahhhhhh..yes! The Black Panthers who brandished guns in front of a voting site in 2008 intimidating white voters! Gimme a break! Where's the PRICE on their head! Oh, yeah, I forgot! Attorney General Eric Holder had their charges in this incident thrown out. Uh-huh...that's soooooooo very "post-racial". Puuuuullllleeeeze! Don't make me hurl!