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Obama On Trayvon Martin Case: 'If I Had A Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon'
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time since the controversy erupted
on the national scene, President Barack Obama weighed in on the killing
of Trayvon Martin, calling it a tragedy, urging cooperation among law
enforcement and declaring that "some soul searching" was needed
throughout the country.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, underscoring
how the issue affected him on a personal, and not just a political or
legal, level. "I think [Trayvon's parents] are right to expect that all
of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it
deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what

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 into the
West Wing -- signaling that both he and his press handlers were feeling pressure, coming from black activists and others, to make a public comment on the Martin case.

Obama was careful not to get too far ahead of events. He said he was
wary of "impairing" an ongoing legal process but praised the fact that
federal, state and local law enforcement are now working together on
Martin's death.

"Obviously, this is a tragedy," he said. "I can only imagine what these
parents are going through, and when I think about this, 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 everybody aspect of this, and that everybody pulls
together -- federal, state and local -- to figure out exactly how this
tragedy happened."

He went on.

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

The latter point may, in the end, be the most politically
consequential. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin in late
February, has avoided arrest 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 supports. Prior
to that law being passed in Florida there were 13 "justified" killings
in the state each year. Since then, there have been 36.

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Added: Mar-23-2012 Occurred On: Mar-23-2012
By: XjamesX
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