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Watch: Obama Says He Could’ve Been Trayvon 35 Years Ago

July 19, 2013 by  

President Barack Obama, on Friday, made his first live comments on the George Zimmerman verdict in shooting death of Trayvon Martin, saying, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

 

Here are some highlights from the President’s personal perspective on the case:

  • “There are very few African-American men in this country who have not had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who have not had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me – at least before I was a senator.”
  • “There are very few African-Americans who have not had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had the chance to get off. That happens often.”
  • “Some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country. .. And the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history. … And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration.”

Following the President’s speech, liberal fawning ensued.

Al Sharpton said Obama’s surprise remarks on the Trayvon Martin murder and its impact on blacks was “significant and much needed.”

“I think he has set a tone for both direct action and needed dialogue,” Sharpton said.

Notorious MSNBC race baiter Toure said Obama’s remarks were proof that “we really do have a black President.”

“I’ve been thinking lately, do we actually have a black president or a president who happens to be black? There have been very few moments and very few, if any, policies that have made a difference that you might hope for a black president to do,” he said.

Toure continued, “This moment was like, wow, we really do have a black president who will come out and lay it all out on the line, and everybody’s been really nailing it today in sort of analyzing it. But I mean, a nuanced discussion of what it means to be black, not holding back from this notion that blacks don’t feel a full part of society, a really incredible historical moment.”

In fact, MSNBC had a full-on racismgasm following the Presidential remarks:

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Wesley Vickery

    So we have a “Black” President!! Well I never. Perhaps this wolf in sheeps clothing, along with every liberal antagonist should take cognizance of the fact, that without the vote of racist white majority, he wouldn’t hold the office of the POTUS. Mr President, you should be ashamed of yourself – part of your mandate is to unite Americans, as opposed to the continuous divide you cause through irresponsible, and racially charged statements. You, as opposed to WHITE Americans, need a time for personal reflection.

    • Ron r

      Ok.

    • Ron r

      Child please !!!

  • Brandon

    Split on this one, I totally understand a person telling you how they really feel! I just don’t think it should be the president, it could be construed as favoritism!!!

    • Ron r

      Don’t worry Brandon it already has.

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  • Ron r

    What’s your point Sam ? Did he say something wrong?

    • stevo

      Duh

      • Ron r

        He said duh? That would p@@@ me off too. The nerve of that guy. Who does he think he is, president Romney.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Always has to get a word in and try to stir the pot. If you scratch at a wound, it will never heal. Past is past, lets get through the day and try and make a better tomorrow.

    • Ron r

      So what did he say????

  • Kathy Priest

    Obama remarks makes him the racist. He is trying to incite riots and cause civil unrest.

    • Ron r

      Yeah,that Obama he’s such a kidder.

    • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

      Yup, like i said, he is stirring the pot

      • Ron r

        Yeah, nothing like a black racist , with ties to Kenya . I can’t wait . You think the riots will come soon, because I have to check to see what TVs to steal .

    • Ktdid

      Exactly! He should be trying to promote peace not encourage more upheaval over this terrible incident.
      Obama simply exhibits his racial bias. As usual he continues to stay on agenda which is to destroy these United States. I truly believe he hates the whites. He is for a one world rule/government and his thugs and their friends are intent on doing his bidding to attain that goal. He is destroying us and the mainstream media is helping him.

      • Ron r

        So what did he say exactly that promoted racism

  • Brandon

    I’ll tell you something that does seriously bother me though!!! Eric holder is appointed by Obama and Eric holder refused to prosecute Samir Shabazz for voter intimidation!!! That’s not right!!!!

    • lindaS

      Wonder if Mr.O. would have spoken out if Travon was a young American Indian boy? Thats the travisty in this country!!!! You sure don’t hear or see them protesting in the streets about what this government has done to them. This was their country!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we need a “REAL AMERICAN “to be President for once!!!!!!

      • Ron r

        1. When was the last time you spoke out for the American Indian ?? (2) if an American Indian ran for president some of the very same people here and of course Fixed “News” would some how link their blood line to the Little Bighorn and say they have a deep seated hatred of white people.

    • Ron r

      The decision not to pursue criminal charges was made by the DOJ prior to the Obama administration . The Obama administration did pursue civil charges against shabaz .

      • Brandon

        No, Holder said it brings disgrace on his people or something to that effect, please show me where he was actually prosecuted, not publicly admonished.

        • Ron r

          Try politifact Brandon. I did not want to paste it because of copy right laws. Search New Black Panther Party. It will tell about the Fox and O’Riley story line on this subject, and how the role the present administration played.

          Ashamed we are talking about a small very small group of idiots the the real BPPFSD sued and do not recognize as legitimate .

      • Brandon

        In all honesty I’ve read all different levels of “enthusiasm” in here, obviously this discussion has become racially charged and it was so by the media, the left, and black demographic, for people it’s still a question of justice I get it, sad thing was they portrayed Martin as someone he wasn’t, and Zimmerman as someone he wasn’t! Was it tragic yes, of course it was!!! Now we have blacks targeting whites on twitter, even though Zimmerman was Hispanic!!! I understand that circumstances of blacks up until the sixties in this country are not going to be forgotten and has become part of the black culture! Understandable! But what reparations can be made that haven’t been already!!! That Era is gone!!! I am 40 and wasnt even born during that time! And nowadays blacks have entitlements whites dont have. So why the perpetuation of race with these “civil rights groups”? Because this stat says x, well you can find a stat for the same thing that says y. What happens from here?

        • Ron r

          Both Martin , and Zimmerman are pictures of tragedy. One lost his life and the others life will forever be changed. In reality the person who I hope learns from this is Zimmerman. Observe and report, and never get in a situration where you are taking a gun to a fist fight and get a beat down by a 9 year old.

      • Jim

        New black panther party!!! There’s a reliable source for ya!!!!

        • Ron r

          No it was the Bush attorney general . The same guys who brought you FISA courts. There’s a reliable source for ya.

      • Brandon

        I just read it, this helps your point how? It said Holder did not want to prosecute civil rights violations when committed by blacks!

      • Ron r

        Are you reading what I am reading Brandon. I missed the part where Holder did not want to procecute blacks for civil rights crimes.

  • stevo

    Yep, a black president alright, and an undercover racist.

    • Ron r

      Well I thought by the way most here think that he does not hide his racism. He fits the pattern though. Father raped by a white woman , child not accepted by the fathers parents. Oh, snap, that’s some Nat Turner s@@@. My bad.

  • Matt

    If a white man was acting like Obama blacks would be screaming to high heaven. There seems to be a push for not equal treatment but above equal treatment. I believed Zimmerman should have been guilty however I believe the women on the jury heard the evidence and the verdict is what they believe.

    • Ron r

      And how is Obama acting that is so unamerican and unlike a white president.

      • Jim

        There have been something like 200 blacks killed in Chicago alone; and over 90% were killed by other blacks. Why does our commander in grief not grieve for all of those and say they could have been him 36 years ago. You think he might be an opportunist race baiter? Why doesn’t he say some of them could have looked like his son if he had one. He could care less. He along with Holder, Sharpton and Jackson are the epitome of bigotry.

        • Ron r

          See here’s your logic. He’ll they kill each other why is it so bad when one them is killed by one if us or another. Some how that does not sit well with rational thinking people.

          As to your other point. There is not a day goes by there is not clergy, parents and e em the young holding some type of prayer vigil or meeting with law enforcement trying to get a handle on the killing. Those are things that the national media and conservative never report.

    • wade

      guilty of which charge? 2nd degree murder was an over reach to begin with in my opinion

  • Matt

    So maybe the original investagators were correct in no charges being filed. Is that possable? Waus Obama casing neighborhoods prior to his presidency. I guess that would explane why he has a need to violate our rights to privacy. Its must be a black thing.

    • Ron r

      Are you implying that Travon was casing the neighborhood , or Zimmerman was casing Travon???? Because if I’m not mistaken , because I don’t watch Hannity, Travon was living in that area and had every right to be there.

      • Ron r

        Besides was Zimmerman playing Tom Cruse in the minority report?

      • Jim

        So did Zimmerman. He even had the right to follow trayvon. Trayvon didn’t have the right to deck him, then pounce on him, bash his head etc…

        • Ron r

          Go out side and bang your head on the side walk just one time on the manner Zimmerman described and see if you are in any condition to yell for help. Let alone two or three times. Zimmerman followed Travon only because he had a courage maker. (a gun) got his dumb ass closed on , got a beat down from a 17 year old and shot him. Hell I’m a 60 year old fat man and I could wip Zimmerman or have my 7tear old grand daughter do it. Observe and report.

      • Jim

        Would it surprise you if TM was casing the neighborhood considering the ladies jewelry and stuff they found in his backpack at the school he was suspended from? Have you read any of the facts coming out about his past? It does make a difference!

        • Ron r

          Ok did he steal anything from the person who killed him?? Would it surprise you to know that had it not been for a credit check a nut like Zimmerman would have had a badge to go with that gun? A man with no physical abillities roaming the streets. It was not reported by and Zimmerman never the kid was looking in windows. Just walking slow. How dies that equate to him doing something in another town. Again this was not the movie minority report, or was it??

      • Ktdid

        Trayvon was visiting his dad who lived in that area. He lived in another town with his mother.

        • Ron r

          Bottom line is he was there with his father with whom he was living/ visiting with . He was legal , and he was being cased by Zimmerman . Though I do not like the verdict the prosecution failed to make its case and its a wrap. I also agree with the DOJs investigating , but I also think they will find nothing.

          Zimmermans life has changed for the worst because it matters not if its combat or death resulting in bringing a gun to a fist fight. Justified or not. The taking of human life is not an easy thing to overcome . George Zimmerman followed chased or pursued that kid with gun locked and cocked. He showed just how inept he was by allowing the person he was pursuing close the distance on him and give him an old fashion beat down by a teen.
          He goes to court and is portrayed as a by his lawyers as a whimp with a gun. A Mitch if you will. He won , that’s life.

      • Brandon

        Yup, we have the same build when I was 17 and joined the military- 6 foot something, 200 something, Zimmerman 5 foot something 100 something, like I said the media tried to make him out to be something he wasn’t!

        • Ron r

          Zimmerman was a couple inches shorter but out weighed Travon . Zimmerman was just a chump with a gun and a good aim. Tragic none the less.

      • Brandon

        They don’t call it “the most expensive bullet you’ll ever fire” for nothing!!!

  • flashy

    The President was reciting what most you.g and middle aged black men face every day. Unless you are black, you cannot relate nor, ingood conscience, make moral judgment. Ask any black male…they will nod in agreement to the President’s words.

    Then ask yourself…if Trayvon Martin hd been the one following a Zimmerman … And ended up shooting him. Same witnesses, same facts, same unknowns….the difference being a young black claiming Stand Your Ground defense in a shooting , ya think the result at trial would have been identical ? Does anyone think he’d be a ” cause celebre’” to the right crazed contingent ?
    If honesty prevailed as you dwelled on that, two points jump out … The wrongfulness of the insane ” Stand Your Ground” laws … Which do nothing but escalate violence and encourage weak insecure Dirty Harry wannabes … and the correctness of President Obama’s words on what it is like, what unnatural racist barriers are present, to young blacks today.

    Think about that

    • Brandon

      I live in the DC area, I am discriminated on by blacks all the time!! I know how it feels!!

      • Brandon

        And still I teach my children through example, to love anyone that loves you regardless of race, he has been with me when black people have made comments, so i tell my 7 yr old, they dont hate us, they dont know us and they shouldnt say things like that!! We continue to have close black friends, bar b q together, vacation together, and there r people our there that are trying to screw it up, either because individuals aren’t saying the right thing at the right time or people that should keep their mouth shut don’t!!!!!

        • Ron r

          There are idiots on both sides of the fence.

  • fatimafollower

    As a young child growing up in Camden nj I had many friends of all races. Things changed when people were being murdered on our door step. We lost everything when we moved the thugs came in and destroyed the home my dad had worked 3 jobs to provide. We moved to a city of all white people and it was there I was called racial names and these people ithreatened to kill me and my siblings. What was my crime I was an italian american living in an irish catholic city. I know first hand what it feels like to be profiled. The pres doesn’t have a clue. I think he should move to camden and send his daughters to public school there.

    • Ron r

      You don’t have to live in Camded and go to public school if you are black to be profiled. You don’t have to be poor and black. Yes the president knows what he speaks.

  • Brandon

    Again, painting this young man out to be some innocent helpless kid!
    Yup, we have the same build when I was 17 and joined the military- 6 foot something, 200 something, Zimmerman 5 foot something 100 something, like I said the media tried to make him out to be something he wasn’t!

  • Lili

    Why is it that you so-called-whites are constantly talking about our President Obama and BLACK. Why do you always forget about the WHITE. Let me educate you idiots. Obama had ad much WHITE ad he does BLACK. So what is your problem? I’ll tell you becsuse you’re not smart enough to know. WHITE BLACK BROWN YELLOW, etc. Therein lies the problem in our country. Until we see each other as UNITED STATES CITIZEN HUMAN BEINGS and stop this idiotic thinking of color, our country will NEVER be at PEACE.

    • Brandon

      You are correct, but please show us where he is identifying with his white heritage? He has always embraced his black heritage more, obviously from where he grew up and his stepfathers teachings!

      • Ron r

        Obama has walked a very balanced line throughout his life as far as the two worlds are concerned. What you fail to realize is that although his stepfather was around him for only a short time to most Indonesians blacks are also second class citizens . I have heard Obama called many things by the right since his 2008 run and at no time that I recall was he called even a mixed race president. In fact I heard one Fox guest call him half breed.
        He is a multiracial man married to a black woman , and I can see no proof that he has turned his back on his other half. BTW from what I have seen written about him and the names he has been called it obvious he is not a welcome card carrying member.

      • Brandon

        I appreciate your approach and even handed demeanor on this one, however perception is different for everyone!

      • Brandon

        I don’t stoop to racial slurs!!!

      • Brandon

        We’ve heard Bush called a lot of things from the left as well!

  • mark

    Why did trayvon just walk away??? Why didn’t he identify himself??? Trayvon is just as responsible for his own deatH. Trayvon chose to engage zimmermin and it cost him his life.

    • Ron r

      You expect everyone you don’t know to walk up and tell you who the hell they are. Even though it was Florida , it was not papers please South Africa 1960. Zimmerman could have identified himself prior to leaving the truck or he could have waited for the police . He knew he could not fight.

  • L.W.M.

    Damn! Do you suppose Ogivmeabrake could delve into his white side 51 years ago as a baby in a stroller being shot in the face & killed by a black kid trying to rob his mom like what happened in Brunswick Ga a couple months ago. Funny we don’t hear the race card being played about that. Come on O & Holder & the freekin panthers, Sharptin? Anyone?

    • Ron r

      What you are kinda saying is that because white men are twice as more likely to become serial killers , we should not be concerned when a non white male is exposed as one. Or there’s s difference between the right and the reich.

      • Brandon

        And a black woman gets sentenced next month for kidnapping a 12 yr old white boy on Christmas eave, burned him to death with a blow torch and dumped his body in a ditch!!! The point I’m trying to make us every race has its misfires!!!

        • Ron r

          That was not the point I was trying to make , nor was it directed to you Brandon. Like I said there are idiots on both sides if the fence.

      • Brandon

        Got ya! That is very true!

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