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President Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could've Been Me 35 Years Ago"
National Journal ^ | July 19, 2013l | Matt Berman,Brian Resick,Matt Vasilogambros,Niraj Chokshi

Posted on 07/19/2013 2:18:48 PM PDT by Biggirl

President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press room on Friday to speak about the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, making some of the boldest and most open remarks about race of his presidency.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: martin; obama; obamaspeech; obamatrayvonspeech; syg
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1 posted on 07/19/2013 2:18:48 PM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

Imagine....


2 posted on 07/19/2013 2:20:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Biggirl

No Obama, you are much more evil, than Trayvon.


3 posted on 07/19/2013 2:20:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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4 posted on 07/19/2013 2:21:15 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Biggirl

Moosmell will be next to play a race card.

“I wanted to join the Marines.”


5 posted on 07/19/2013 2:23:41 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama makes Jeantel sound like Einstein.)
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To: Biggirl

If Trayvon had a city, it would look like Detroit.


6 posted on 07/19/2013 2:23:47 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: All
Obama:
"Trayvon Martin ‘could have been me 35 years ago’..."


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7 posted on 07/19/2013 2:24:49 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Biggirl
that will be QUITE ENOUGH Mr President QUITE Enough !






The Great Divider.....the Demoralizer In Chief



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8 posted on 07/19/2013 2:25:38 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey
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To: Biggirl

Oh ‘bam!

You could have been Skittles?

Then Skittles would have become you.


9 posted on 07/19/2013 2:26:15 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: Biggirl

10 posted on 07/19/2013 2:28:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Biggirl
There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven't seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.

So shut up already.

11 posted on 07/19/2013 2:28:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Biggirl

START the case saying something stupid.

END the case saying something stupid.

Shut the TV off after hearing the first “Me”.

RLTW

God Help the United States of America.


12 posted on 07/19/2013 2:28:47 PM PDT by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: Biggirl
Methinks that the recent comments by Charles Barkley & Bill Cosby in support of "the system" are causing the BO administration some consternation.

They were hoping to control the narrative - the end result of which is further restriction of civil liberties including increased gun control measures.

Now that prominent men of color are questioning the narrative, a full court press is in order - to regain the momentum...

13 posted on 07/19/2013 2:30:12 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Biggirl

Had BO Sr. and his family back home in Kenya gotten their way, that stain on the bottom of a trashcan in Hawaii 50 years ago could have been you too.


14 posted on 07/19/2013 2:31:14 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Biggirl

Shuddup Barry. Why does everything ALWAYS have to be about YOU?!


15 posted on 07/19/2013 2:31:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Keep your powder dry.)
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To: jonno

judging from the comment sections of many articles lately, I don’t think most people are buying this crap


16 posted on 07/19/2013 2:32:40 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Biggirl

With the problems we face today and will face tomorrow, this guy makes this an issue. What a guy.


17 posted on 07/19/2013 2:35:12 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: Biggirl

We now know Zimmerman had to stay in his car, AND keep his door unlocked so as not to provoke an attack.


18 posted on 07/19/2013 2:35:31 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Biggirl

If only.


19 posted on 07/19/2013 2:35:49 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Biggirl

By that logic, George Zimmerman is then owed the thanks of a grateful future nation.


20 posted on 07/19/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Biggirl

AlEXANDER’S COLUMN
Alexander Rebuts Obama’s Zimmerman/Martin Statement
By Mark Alexander · July 19, 2013

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)
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Barack Hussein Obama walked into a White House press briefing Friday afternoon, unannounced. He used the briefing to deliver his political assessment of the Zimmerman/Martin case.

I have published two comprehensive critiques of this case, “Race Hustlers and Double Standards” last week, and “What Democrats Won’t Say About Race” this week. Those columns challenge the Left’s promotion and intentional distortion of the case as race bait, to maintain the unyielding sycophantic support of 95 percent of black voters. Without that low-information voter constituency, Democrats would win few congressional elections, and Obama would not be president.

Below, I rebut the key points of Obama’s latest effort to politicize the Zimmerman/Martin case.

O: I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

A: In other words, there is more political capital to be squeezed out of Martin’s death.

O: I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin.

A: How about Obama offering thoughts and prayers to George Zimmerman and his family, whose lives Obama, et al., turned upside down by politicizing this case 16 months ago. Otherwise, there never would have been a trial as there was no basis for the charges — and the jury and virtually every legal expert agree.

O: There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. ... There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. ... There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off.

A: Obama is referencing an unfortunate stereotype, unfortunate because that stereotype is well earned. Black males between the ages of 16 and 35 commit a grossly disproportionate share of crime across our nation. Until that changes, the stereotype profile will not change, nor should it. Most people of all races have decent instincts about threats to their person or property, and they respond accordingly. The problem is not that a particular demographic of our society is subject to increased scrutiny, the problem is that demographic has earned that scrutiny.

O: The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

A: The racial disparity in arrests and convictions of blacks is commensurate with the racial disparity of crimes committed by blacks. To suggest otherwise is flatly disingenuous.

O: Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.

A: They are not “disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system,” they are disproportionately involved in crime. And then in the same sentence Obama suggests “it’s not to make excuses,” he asserts “historical context” as the excuse.

O: We understand that 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 that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

A: Actually NOT. The “violence, poverty and dysfunction” can be traced to decades of liberal social policy, which created the urban poverty plantations upon which generations of poor blacks have been enslaved, and which have become breeding grounds for an unprecedented culture of violence besetting our whole nation.

O: Now, the question for me at least, and I think, for a lot of folks is, where do we take this?

A: Apparently, to the political bank.

O: I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government — the criminal code. And law enforcement has traditionally done it at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

A: Then why did Obama federalize the case in the first place? Obviously he thought they would win this case. Now, he is attempting to punt the blame back to “the state and local levels.”

O: Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it’d be productive for the Justice Department, governors [and] mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.

A: But Obama and his NeoCom cadres fomented the distrust in this case, as they do with every political opening — and to suggest now that he will step in with training to correct the situation is arrogant and ludicrous. We already know that Obama thinks police “act stupidly.”

O: I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.

A: Florida’s “stand your ground” law, as well as those of 22 other states, do not encourage tragedies, they prevent them.

O: I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?

A: No. Zimmerman did not attack Martin. Martin attacked Zimmerman, case closed. And for the record, more blacks, as a percentage of the population in Florida, have invoked the “stand your ground” defense than whites or Hispanics — or even “white Hispanics.”

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O: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?

A: The best place to start would be to reverse the liberal social policies that created the problem.

O: Finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching.

A: Start with your own soul, Obama, if you haven’t completely sold it out.

O: You know, there has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.

A: Obama launched the Zimmerman/Martin “conversation on race” so on this point, he is correct.

O: Finally, ask yourself ... am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can; am I judging people, as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.

A: This from the titular head of the Democrat Party, which has turned Martin Luther King’s challenge about color and character upside down. Indeed, for Obama and the Left, color trumps character


21 posted on 07/19/2013 2:37:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Biggirl

Trayvon was a criminal. He committed assault and battery.

The President is a different kind of criminal. He is the godfather, the don, of the criminal enterprise that is the Democrat Party.


22 posted on 07/19/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Biggirl

My blood pressure was feeling low so I went to check out CNN and got a pleasant surprise! Van Jones of all people, started making sense for a moment before crashing back down to communist earth.
Van actually admitted that blacks can be racist and hate white people as well. I was shocked because I had never heard him tell the truth!


23 posted on 07/19/2013 2:39:46 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: Biggirl

We were not that lucky.


24 posted on 07/19/2013 2:40:02 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: bert

One tried to murder an individual, the other is trying to destroy an entire country and most of its citizens.


25 posted on 07/19/2013 2:40:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Sometimes we lose.


26 posted on 07/19/2013 2:48:59 PM PDT by chiefqc
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27 posted on 07/19/2013 2:50:02 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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You mean OBAMA could have been dead a buried?
happy dance, happy dance, joy-filled leaps and high fives, humming Victory in Jesus.
Gee, that would have been such a shame.
28 posted on 07/19/2013 2:51:56 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Biggirl

Yes our ignorant asswad President actually said he could have been an stupid wannabe thug lifer? What an embarrassment it is to have this creep as President


29 posted on 07/19/2013 2:52:46 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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One of two things are going to happen this weekend, now that the number one Black Racist in the country, POTUS OBAMA, has spoken out endorsing riots by Black Racists across the country!!! Under Obama.....there is no rule of law!!!

Either our country will be torn wide open by the riots, looting, destruction, personal injuries and deaths caused by the Black racist gangstas of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Hussein Obama, Eric Holder, etc., or, very few Black folks will show up for the planned mass riots for reasons that are quite obvious.

Either way, Obama should be forced to resign by the Democrat Party, or, he should be impeached for inciting riots that will endanger innocent lives and destroy property.

I would suggest with all candor that Black Americans take a good, hard, honest look at themselves and their own self-inflicted shortcomings. The majority of Americans, the overwhelming majority of all Americans, including millions of Black American citizens know the real reasons for American Black isolation of their own making. and...they are neither pretty or cute!!!

The Obama race card gig ain’t gonna work no more!!! The problem of the Trayvon Martins of this world clearly lays on the doorstep of failed American Black culture, period!!!


30 posted on 07/19/2013 2:55:53 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Biggirl

Sad thing is, Trayvon Martin was Obama today.


31 posted on 07/19/2013 3:02:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Zimmerman breaks Martin's nose/pounds his head on concrete? Does Martin's backers support Zimmerman?)
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Obama - If You Feel Threatened By Being Followed, Then Maybe Under SYG Laws You Can Shoot!

0bama says; If someone follows you you can shoot them.

0bama says; If someone jumps you and pounds your head on the sidewalk you can't shoot them.

That mind-numbingly stupid logic brought to you by the President of the United States. Beam me up, Scotty!

32 posted on 07/19/2013 3:07:50 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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O: I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?

This is the most disturbing comment of all. It could be misinterpreted by the New Black Panthers and other extremists as a permission to intimidate and to hijack the upcoming demonstrations.

33 posted on 07/19/2013 3:13:40 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: Biggirl

For decades democrats have been deriding black republican nominees for high office as not black enough; Condoleeza Rice, Justice Janice Rogers Brown, to mention only two. Suddenly this mostly white fool, a product of private schools and privilege, free college and graduate school, and a lifetime of never having to lift a finger in hard labor, is a victim of racial discrimination. This is the kind of crap that can only come from the mind of a degenerate congenital liar.


34 posted on 07/19/2013 3:13:53 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: Biggirl

That’s right...
Smoking dope, kicked out of high school and using an Obama phone...
Got it.


35 posted on 07/19/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT by matginzac
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Really, Mr. President? You? Stoned out of your gourd, sitting on top of someone smaller than you and pounding his face in? No. Surely not.


36 posted on 07/19/2013 3:30:48 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Biggirl
Too bad there wasn’t a Zimmerman around thirty five years ago to confront Obama then either.
37 posted on 07/19/2013 3:31:55 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Biggirl
Did Obama ever say what his scores were back then by playing the knockout game?
38 posted on 07/19/2013 3:35:46 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Biggirl

Trayvon would have jumped you too Obama.

He was homophobic.


39 posted on 07/19/2013 3:36:24 PM PDT by NoLibZone (There is only one solution: Secession by the Red states.No need to be in the NYC union.)
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To: vetvetdoug

If Obama had been St.Trayvon this country wouldn’t be in
the mess it’s in today.


40 posted on 07/19/2013 3:37:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Biggirl

There is no way Obama could have been like Travon 35 years ago. I bet Obama is as good at street fighting as he is at basketball.

C.W.


41 posted on 07/19/2013 3:46:28 PM PDT by colderwater
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To: Biggirl

Please, God, make him stop.


42 posted on 07/19/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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43 posted on 07/19/2013 4:00:20 PM PDT by Iron Munro (They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

That would have been a good exchange. If Trayvon had lived a full life he never could have been as evil as BO!


44 posted on 07/19/2013 4:00:55 PM PDT by lu shissler (ecause)
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To: Biggirl

Two big differences as I see it:

1 - Trayvon never smoked anywhere near the amount of dope Onbama smoked (and still smokes)

2 - Obama wouldn’t have hit Zimmerman - He always has someone else do his dirty work


45 posted on 07/19/2013 4:07:07 PM PDT by Iron Munro (They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation)
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I think I’ve had about enough of this guy’s low self-esteem.


46 posted on 07/19/2013 4:08:48 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: bigheadfred

That’s right. Every time he opens his mouth he makes things worse no matter what the situation. Never seen anything like it.


47 posted on 07/19/2013 4:18:02 PM PDT by 426cuda (Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God)
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To: Biggirl

Yeah, he was being raised by a single mother.


48 posted on 07/19/2013 4:19:22 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: 426cuda

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3045106/posts?page=41#41


49 posted on 07/19/2013 4:21:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: military cop
God Help the United States of America

no one else is willing to, especially those in DC who we've so foolishly entrusted to do the right thing for the country.

50 posted on 07/19/2013 4:27:34 PM PDT by drypowder
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