The only surprise here is that it took President Obama so long to jump on the Trayvon bandwagon despite this not being a Federal issue. I know the Justice Department is getting involved but, at the heart of this, the shooting of Trayvon Martin should be a local matter with some State of Florida involvement. The police powers – laws dealing with health, safety, and welfare – have traditionally been reserved to the states.
…it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out how this tragedy happened.”
Mr. Obama said he is glad the Justice Department is investigating the shooting and that Florida Gov. Rick Scott formed a task force in response to the incident as well. The president suggested he was sympathetic to suspicion that the shooting may have been racially motivated.
“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Mr. Obama said.
“All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” he continued. “And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”
As SayUncle noted earlier today, the most stuff comes out about this case, the less clear things are. Add in the original police report that Weer’d Beard has put up and it becomes more and more murky. Unfortunately, that has never stopped Obama from commenting before and it obviously didn’t stop him this time either.
I have refrained from covering this for the most part because others like Sebastian, Miguel, and Robb have more info and have done a great job of it. In this case, I just couldn’t help myself as Obama’s narcissism to me is like a red cape to a bull.