Protesters wear shirts quoting President Barack Obama during a Million Hoodies March, to protest the failure of police to arrest a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer for shooting to death an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Los Angeles, California, March 26, 2012. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, told police he fatally shot Martin after the teenager punched him, knocked him down and slammed his head into the ground, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday. The February 26 killing of the black teenager as he walked through a gated community by Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, has triggered protests around the country and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest. The March 26 protest coincides with another march led by Martin’s family in Florida. (REUTERS/David McNew)
After helping stir up a national race war, the White House said today that Barack Obama is through talking about Trayvon Martin.
President Barack Obama will not be commenting further on the Trayvon Martin case, the White House said Wednesday as the Associated Press reported that charges were being filed against the teenager’s killer, George Zimmerman.
“I certainly don’t expect you’ll hear from him about an ongoing investigation both at the state and federal level. The comments he made are all that you will hear from him on that specific case,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “He and I and others will refrain from commenting on it.”
Obama memorably waded into the national debate over the tragedy in late March. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” the president said.
Amid angry charges that race played a central role in the tragedy, Obama said “all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen—and that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”
Never mind all of the reprisal beatings or the threats by the New Black Panthers… Obama is through talking.
His work is done here.