If this weren't so infuriating, it would be absolutely laughable.
The President of the United States unexpectedly enters the White House Press briefing room to give an impromptu statement on the Trayvon Martin verdict.
With everything else facing the country (the economy, unemployment, the IRS, illegal, immigration, Syria, Benghazi, Fast & Furious) , this is what the President feels he needs to weigh-in on? The need to put in his two cents on a made-for-Oprah trial that, arguably, should have never been brought before a jury? Way to focus like a laser on the important issues!
Note: To give credit where credit is due, Obama did make his remarks without the aid of a telepromptor. Unfortunately for him (and for us), he comes off as tired, and someone who does not have a grasp of all the facts about which he speaks, rather than the leader of the Free World.
Obama starts out by mentioning the family of Trayvon Martin:
First of all, you know, I -- I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s -- it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
I have no issue with this, in that I also have respect for the feeling and emotions of the Martin family, and what they must be going through. I cannot imagine, as a father, losing one of my children, whatever the cause. It would be devastating.
It is notable, however, that Obama never mentions, not even once, the family of George Zimmerman, and the ordeal they have endured, also with grace and class, during the course of the investigation and trial, as well as dealing with death threats and threats of violence, which they continue to deal with to this day. Apparently, Obama's well of compassion only runs so deep.
Obama then goes on to essentially give a wink and a nod to all of the protestors and agitators, saying:
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that -- that doesn’t go away.
Well, why doesn't it go away, genius? Could it be that race-baiters like you, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are constantly telling the black community that racism is still the same problem that it was 50, 75, 100 or 150 years ago? That blacks are still in a state of slavery, and that the deck is stacked against them. Hell, they might as well be living in pre-Civil War America! Or maybe it is because we have the so-called civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson is doing interviews saying that Florida is "an apartheid state"? Martin Luther King must be rolling in his grave at the way Jackson, his protege, has hijacked his message and completely bastardized it.
The comment that Trayvon "could have been me 35 years ago", is just Obama (once-again) shamelessly inserting himself into the mix. It's always about Obama. Even when it isn't, its about him.
My question for Barack Obama is this: Which you of 35 years ago are you talking about? It is the Barack Obama of the "Choom Gang", or is it the budding Marxist Obama sitting at the knee of your Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis?
Mr. President, you claimed to be a "uniter", but you prove, everyday, to be nothing more than an agitator and divider, a role that your time as a community organizer trained you well for.
"Never let a crisis go to waste"
It is not until about 4 minutes into Obama's little "impromptu" remarks that we discover his real reason for his appearance, and it has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin, or this trial. It turns out they are merely the vehicle that Obama has chosen to use in order to rekindle an agenda item in which Obama suffered his first major defeat several months back - Gun Control.
Barack Obama has little interest in this, or any other "crisis", save for how he can use it to advance his socialist vision of America. Like the families of the Children in Newtown, Barack Obama is using the family of Trayvon Martin to gain sympathy for an agenda item in which he suffered a stinging rebuke from the American people. What was worse, it was a rebuke from those Americans which he really despises - the one "bitterly clinging to their guns and religion". Remember the press conference in which a visibly angry Barack Obama called the defeat "shameful", said that the NRA "willfully lied", and declared that Senate Republicans decided it "wasn't worth it" to protect the lives of children. Ouch!
Obama opened up his new salvo on gun control following a screed on racial profiling with this:
Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it -- if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case.
On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?
Do you notice what he does? He first acknowledges that the Florida "Stand Your Ground" law had nothing to do with the George Zimmerman case. Then, brushing it aside, he tells the press that we need to see if we are "sending a message" of unnecessary confrontations with firearms.
He further shows his ignorance of what Stand Your Ground is by concocting yet another one of his straw-men arguments, asking if Trayvon would have been justified in shooting Zimmerman under the law. The answer in both situations is no.
What Obama does not mention is that the Stand your Ground laws in Florida have benefitted the black population in the state, disproportionately, accounting for one-third of the total cases in which Stand your ground was used as a defense (with a 55% success rate), or double the percentage of blacks in the state.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, black teens and men are being killed by other black men and teens in epidemic numbers, in a city which boasts some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the country. Yet, Obama and the rest of the anti-gun proponents and race-baiters, rarely mention the entire generation of young people being murdered in Obama's adopted home town on a daily basis. It doesn't fit the racial narrative, and drawing attention to it certainly destroys their gun-control narrative.
The takeaway from all of this is that Obama doesn't really care about the pain and suffering of the Martin family, and sees their tragedy as his opportunity. He will feign compassion, using them, as he does all of the others, to help him.
Because, it's always about him.