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Just moments ago, President Obama held a press conference in the Rose Garden to introduce his pick to head up the International Monetary Fund. At the end of the press conference introducing Darthmouth President  Jim Yong Kim, a reporter asked the President to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin case and Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground Laws.’

The President offered a measured, thoughtful response. While he wouldn’t comments on the law and cannot directly share his thoughts because he would be, in effect, taking sides, President Obama had a few words for Trayvon’s parents.

Taking only one question, the President said:

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

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

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

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americas are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

On Thursday, Sanford’s police chief announced that he was temporarily stepping down from his post, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he was appointing a special prosecutor to take over the case.

In Sanford, FL Thursday night, Rev. Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin’s parents led a rally of nearly 30,000 people from all over the country to protest the teen’s murder.

  • mamareese

    Glad this is catching the eye of the right folks. This is the type of press this needs to put this man behind bars.

  • mary mary

    at least the president finally said something. and the press conference was to announce the head of the World Bank, not the IMF.

  • rand

    I don’t agree. President Obama’s response to the Gates situation was just as honest & eloquent. Dr. Gates did absolutely nothing wrong; he was in his own house & had every right under MA law & the constitution’s 1st Amendment to express his outrage @ that police officer’s treatment. The fact that officer then arrested him was, as the President stated, “stupid”, which is why Gates was immediately released & a settlement was later reached on his behalf. The supremacists who believe Dr. Gates should’ve known his place & the cop was justified for arresting him also hated President Obama for simply voicing what every man of color knows: The cop was wrong & never would’ve treated a white man in that manner.

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