Jay Carney a couple of days ago:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trayvon Martin’s family. But obviously, we’re not going to wade into a local law enforcement matter. I would refer you to the justice department and local law enforcement at this point.”
Today it became evident that Carney’s boss obviously doesn’t pay much attention to his Press Sec’s briefings. It’s just too tempting:
President Barack Obama weighed in on the “tragedy” of Trayvon Martin’s death last month, saying it is “absolutely imperative” that all levels of government investigate “every aspect” of how the unarmed boy was shot.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Obama said after announcing his pick of Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, adding “When I think about this boy I think about my own kids.”
“I am glad that not only is the Justice Department is looking into this, but the Governor of the State of Florida has put together a task force [to investigate the case],” Obama said. Obama carefully avoided any discussion of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, and has controversially avoided arrest under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws.
Obama did say there is a need to “examine the laws” surrounding the incident, as well as the incident itself.
“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”
Could the “no comment on the shooter” be because Zimmerman is at least partly Hispanic — a demographic that Obama needs if he is to win in November? Listening to people like Al Sharpton though, you’d think Zimmerman was a lily-white founding member of the Tea Party, and rest assured, they’ll try to turn him into just that.
When is the “great unifier” president going to demand an “all levels of government” investigation of this?
Update: Naturally, the inevitable “blame Rush Limbaugh” claims begin.