Many supporters of the parents of the 17-year old Sanford, Florida teen gunned down by a community watchman have been calling on the president to address the Trayvon Martin case.
He did today while addressing an audience about the nomination of Korean-American and ex Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to replace the resigning Bob Zoellick as the President of the World Bank. The Bank is usually headed by an American. Here is the transcript of the question and answer:
Question: Mr. President, may I ask you about this current case in Florida, very controversial, allegations of lingering racism within our society — the so-called do not — I’m sorry — Stand Your Ground law and the justice in that? Can you comment on the Trayvon Martin case, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.
But obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, 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 that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
Hey look at that. It’s exactly what I wrote in my latest Politics of Raising Children blog that appears in The Washington Times. You can read it HERE. In an update to the case, the sheriff of Sanford Police, Bill Lee, stepped aside “temporarily” after the mayor and two council members issued a vote of “no confidence” on his handling of the case. The Florida DA’s office has ordered a grand jury to deliberate on April 10.