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Washington - Obama Gets Involved Says Shooting Death Of Fla. Teen A 'Tragedy'

Published on: March 23, 2012 10:29 AM
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Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin speaks to thousands gathered before a rally at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin speaks to thousands gathered before a rally at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

Washington - President Barack Obama called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a Florida suburb a “tragedy” on Friday and said that “every aspect” of the case that has rallied civil rights activists should be investigated.

Speaking in personal terms, Obama expressed sympathy for the parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, by a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self-defense.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through and when I think about this boy I think about my own kids,” Obama said. He aimed his message at Martin’s parents, saying, “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans take this with the seriousness that it deserves and we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.”

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Obama said that “every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

The Justice Department and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation and a grand jury is considering whether to charge George Zimmerman, who acknowledged shooting the teen but said it was self-defense. Martin’s parents, civil rights activists and others who have rallied to the cause say they won’t be satisfied until Zimmerman is arrested.

Police Chief Bill Lee stepped down temporarily this week to try to cool the building anger that his department had not arrested Zimmerman. Hours later, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the local state attorney, Norman Wolfinger, had recused himself from the case in hopes of “toning down the rhetoric” surrounding it.


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 Mar 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM GEULA Says:

What a dumb strategy. And sooooooo politically and racially motivated.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM CantFightStupid Says:

Our president has a bad habit of commenting on things he has no business commenting on, and as a result adds fuel to a fire that may not neccessarily be there.

Remember the "beer summit", our president made comments about that before all the facts were out, and we all saw the result.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM a "Tragedy" ? ? ? ? Says:

Here goes another "Apologists" to try and make the Entire Arab Muslim world, look better.

When you call Cold Blooded Murder and clearly a Racist_Muslim "Standard", every day, Hatred and JIHAD which is preached by EVERY Arab, Muslim preacher in the Middle East....

You call that a mere "Tragedy" ? ? ? ?

A Tragedy is something like something which is in "Act Of G-d", something which is perhaps unpreventable or which happened by accident, like a car accident, Plain Crash or Earthquake where there is no human deliberate Murder or Group who is responsible and did it intentionally.

Does Obama also think that the Holocost is a mere "Tragedy" without blaming the Nazis?

The Holocost didn't "just happen" as a Tragedy. It was deliberate TEACHING by the people who BELIEVED in that indoctrination.

The Entire Arab and Muslim indoctrination, which is preached daily in all Mosques and even taught to Muslim children in their Kinder Gardens, is that the greatest wish which any "good Muslim" can aspire to grow up to be, is someone who will be a Murderer and Kill himself in the process too, to Murder in cold blood the entire world who aren't Muslims (i.e. to Murder all Infidels)

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM thats his nature Says:

Reply to #2  
CantFightStupid Says:

Our president has a bad habit of commenting on things he has no business commenting on, and as a result adds fuel to a fire that may not neccessarily be there.

Remember the "beer summit", our president made comments about that before all the facts were out, and we all saw the result.

He just loves things like this. He relishes any opportunity to speak out and defend one who would look "like his son if he had one". feh. What a racist piece of garbage.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM Unbeliable Says:

Folks...I told my friends earlier,right after the president got involved here. You will all see that this victim is BLACK (was even before I saw a picture of him) its unreal how un ethic and un presidential he acts when it boils down to Race!!please let's get his ut of the oval office!

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM Anonymous Says:

he shows how stupid he is by getting involved. If it was a black killing a white he would say nothing. America wake up and throw the garbage out

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #5  
Unbeliable Says:

Folks...I told my friends earlier,right after the president got involved here. You will all see that this victim is BLACK (was even before I saw a picture of him) its unreal how un ethic and un presidential he acts when it boils down to Race!!please let's get his ut of the oval office!

An innocent teen was killed because he was walking at night to his parent's house. Local law enforcement in Florida failed to even begin to investigate this matter properly. It took national attention and involvement of the federal government for the local police chief to resign. If an innocent Frum teen was shot and killed by some wacker patrol, everyone here would demand justice and accuse the president of being antisemitic for staying silent on such a matter if it became a national story. And of course someone would manage to tie in the Rubashkin case while blaming Obama.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM ARI Says:

I agree with #7, 100%. If it was a frum teen, who was killed by an anti-semite, everyone would be screaming. Unfortunately, this is typical of the double standard on this board. Not only is there a double standard, by hypocrisy is also the norm. For example, how many who have spoken out against Obama's comments, also spoke out against the police shooting and killing in Borough Park, in 1999, of a mentally disturbed Chassidic?

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
enlightened-yid Says:

An innocent teen was killed because he was walking at night to his parent's house. Local law enforcement in Florida failed to even begin to investigate this matter properly. It took national attention and involvement of the federal government for the local police chief to resign. If an innocent Frum teen was shot and killed by some wacker patrol, everyone here would demand justice and accuse the president of being antisemitic for staying silent on such a matter if it became a national story. And of course someone would manage to tie in the Rubashkin case while blaming Obama.

Well said.
Some one DEFINITELY would tie rubashkin and pollard into this.
People. Try to think without your biases.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM Phineas Says:

We Jews only seem to care about our own. We want our presidents to comment about every attack against Jews worldwide but when local law enforcement seems to have failed a black child, and the federal government has to intervene as a civil rights matter, we don't care. Of course, we begged that our own Floridian on death row for murdering a park ranger be showm mercy but that was a Jewish life.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM clear-thinker Says:

This is a tragedy. A young boy is dead. An investigation will, hopefully, find the cause of the shooting. We should care. We should want a fair investigation of the incident. Unlike the Massachusetts incident the President has not stated who was right and who was wrong. I am not among the great admirers of the President, but here he has done nothing wrong. 1-7 why not tone down your rhetoric? There is no need for it.
The day that any of us does not feel sorry for the parents of a dead boy will be a sad day.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM Oich_Dus Says:

Reply to #8  
ARI Says:

I agree with #7, 100%. If it was a frum teen, who was killed by an anti-semite, everyone would be screaming. Unfortunately, this is typical of the double standard on this board. Not only is there a double standard, by hypocrisy is also the norm. For example, how many who have spoken out against Obama's comments, also spoke out against the police shooting and killing in Borough Park, in 1999, of a mentally disturbed Chassidic?

I agree too.
What is with all of you previous commenters.
He chased the kid down. The kid was walking down the street, not trespassing. He had a 100lbs on the kid. He was told by the police dispatcher to back off. Even if the kid did push him (maybe). Who appointed him (Zimmerman) as that he can stop whoever he wants on the street. He wasn't the police.
If this was a Jewish kid we would be outraged. We are outraged at less. Where is our outrage now. The kid was also one of g-ds creations.
We can't understand when the world isn't outraged when one of our innocents are killed. This kid was pretty much an innocent too

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM Dvora Says:

Both Newt and Romney have come out today calling this a tragedy.
Guy was a mental case with a gun, hunted down and killed a kid.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
enlightened-yid Says:

An innocent teen was killed because he was walking at night to his parent's house. Local law enforcement in Florida failed to even begin to investigate this matter properly. It took national attention and involvement of the federal government for the local police chief to resign. If an innocent Frum teen was shot and killed by some wacker patrol, everyone here would demand justice and accuse the president of being antisemitic for staying silent on such a matter if it became a national story. And of course someone would manage to tie in the Rubashkin case while blaming Obama.

You are making very good points out of your emotional feeling,but you are basically missing one point which I think #5 mentioned-the president only gets involved to comment when it matches to his skin color..that's totally wrong and should be unacceptable..the same his did with Rush Limbaugh to condemn him for calling mrs. fluke a slut..while other libiral ppl calling republicans or conservatives much worse manes and president then staying totally silence...

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM Marcus Levinus Says:

Mr. President, its too bad you are only a community agitator in the likes of Al Slim Shady Sharpton ym’sh as well as nothing short of a ManChild acting “stupidly” not to mention quite immature because otherwise you would know what went on in FL doesn’t concern you in the least. You, just like you did with Cambridge, are sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

a frum family in Hollywood FL were rounded up and held at gun point in one room for two hours by 12 armed police officers who ransacked their house last Shavuos because neighbors thought they "looked Muslim" and were afraid of them.

Those who don't fight for civil rights lose them. EVERYONE"S civil rights.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 04:23 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

What's the matter with most of you?!?! (lol)

(a) The press ASKED him about the case- he didn't bring it up!
(b) He specifically said he could NOT comment on the legalities of the case... only saying the death of the young boy was a horrible tragedy! And finally...
(c) What's wrong w\the President of the United States giving this story some attention?! Is the boy not worth it?! I'm not really sure I understand everyone's complaining here!

But I shouldn't be surprised when I see people criticizing the President on here over... well... EVERYTHING, I guess! *eyeroll*

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

a frum family in Hollywood FL were rounded up and held at gun point in one room for two hours by 12 armed police officers who ransacked their house last Shavuos because neighbors thought they "looked Muslim" and were afraid of them.

Those who don't fight for civil rights lose them. EVERYONE"S civil rights.

G-d bless you for this post!

Please comment on VIN more! (lol)

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Well said.
Some one DEFINITELY would tie rubashkin and pollard into this.
People. Try to think without your biases.

And look who was the one who Managed to tie it in, why it was you and the other na'ar. Not ironic as much as predictable.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM WebbeRebbe Says:

Sherry the Noahide get the facts straight. If you knew the facts you would see that this is even more shady that it looks. Obama's press secretary was overheard whispering to a liberal reporter at NBC to ask this question and was assured that Obama would respond & respond he did with a well rehearsed monologue. Before this case grew legs Obama said he had no interest in discussing it as it is a local police matter. But now that he thinks it will score him points because it is now in the national media he is all over it and even begging reporters to ask him the question. How pathetic is that?!

When people like Al Sharpton heard that a guy named Zimmerman killed a guy named TRAY-VON he was salivating at the mouth. A white JEW kills a poor black kid. Now that it is revealed that Zimmerman is not Jewish but Hispanic they are still running with it.

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 Mar 23, 2012 at 05:22 PM Nachum Says:

To #15- I don't agree with you regarding your opposition to Obama commenting about the Cambridge Police Dept., in 2009. Obama stated "that the Cambridge Police Dept. acted stupidly". I agree with that statement; many police departments in the USA were interviewed afterwards, and a large percentage stated that they would have left, without arresting Professor Louis Gates for disorderly conduct. After all, police officers are trained to deal with citizens who are not always in the most pleasant moods. As long as Gates was shouting and there was no physical violence involved (and Gates was legally living at that residence), the arresting officer should have left immediately. Essentially, the Cambridge Police Dept., did act stupidly.

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 Mar 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM Markus Levinus Says:

Reply to #21  
Nachum Says:

To #15- I don't agree with you regarding your opposition to Obama commenting about the Cambridge Police Dept., in 2009. Obama stated "that the Cambridge Police Dept. acted stupidly". I agree with that statement; many police departments in the USA were interviewed afterwards, and a large percentage stated that they would have left, without arresting Professor Louis Gates for disorderly conduct. After all, police officers are trained to deal with citizens who are not always in the most pleasant moods. As long as Gates was shouting and there was no physical violence involved (and Gates was legally living at that residence), the arresting officer should have left immediately. Essentially, the Cambridge Police Dept., did act stupidly.

Sorry mister but the fact is that the president has NO right to get involved and the ONLY reason he got involved in both cases was because he saw it as a way to promote his Theologian agenda.

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 Mar 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
WebbeRebbe Says:

Sherry the Noahide get the facts straight. If you knew the facts you would see that this is even more shady that it looks. Obama's press secretary was overheard whispering to a liberal reporter at NBC to ask this question and was assured that Obama would respond & respond he did with a well rehearsed monologue. Before this case grew legs Obama said he had no interest in discussing it as it is a local police matter. But now that he thinks it will score him points because it is now in the national media he is all over it and even begging reporters to ask him the question. How pathetic is that?!

When people like Al Sharpton heard that a guy named Zimmerman killed a guy named TRAY-VON he was salivating at the mouth. A white JEW kills a poor black kid. Now that it is revealed that Zimmerman is not Jewish but Hispanic they are still running with it.

Sharpton never said anything about Zimmerman being Jewish? What are you talking about?? Do you simply rant do hear yourself make dumb comments?

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 Mar 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Markus Levinus Says:

Sorry mister but the fact is that the president has NO right to get involved and the ONLY reason he got involved in both cases was because he saw it as a way to promote his Theologian agenda.

That's what presidents DO, Markus! George W made comments all over the place whilst in office on all sorts of shootings. Virginia Tech, Red Lake Reservation and even a feeble attempt to cover up VP Cheney's shooting spree.

So when it's an upper crust, trust fund kid educated at Yale and Harvard, from a Republican political dynasty - it's not an agenda? But if it's Barack Obama, it's a "Theologian agenda"???? Where do you come up with this manure?

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 Mar 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM ShalomCon Says:

Anonymous 16 and SherryTheNoahide have the right facts and faith. I'm ashamed when I read such bigoted and ignorant posts from (supposedly) Jewish respondents.

President Obama acted appropriately and intelligently. Race shouldn't be the issue, but from what we've heard so far, it WAS for Zimmerman. The sad fact is that this until the black community brought this out into the open, the press buried it as just another black urban youth killed by gunfire. If and when such a tragedy happens to a Jewish boy, I hope that the Jewish community would do the same. I'm sure that there'd be an uproar if the president, regardless of race or party didn't respond exactly as President Obama did.

Never forget that for every Gentile that you distrust and despise, there are a thousand more who feel the same way about you just because you're Jewish. Hitler taught us that nobody bothers to quiz whether you're hareidi, MO, Conservative, Reform, etc. before they act. I suggest that as Jews we rise above that reaction and let the legal investigation run it's course.

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