President Barack Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting earlier today at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. While introducing his new choice for the president of the World Bank, Obama spoke on the shooting, calling it a tragedy.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through. I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. 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 and we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
In addition, the president said that he was pleased to hear that Florida Gov. Rick Scott assigned a task force to look into the incident. Travyon’s parents issued a statement after the Obama spoke, saying it was “humbling” that the president had taken time to talk about their son:
“The president’s personal comments touched us deeply and made us wonder: If his son looked like Trayvon and wore a hoodie, would he be suspicious too?” the statement said. “We’d like to thank the president and the millions of people from around the world who have shown their support for Trayvon by participating in hoodie marches, rallies or through social media. We are all working together to not only get justice for Trayvon, but also to ensure that this kind of senseless tragedy doesn’t happen to another child.”
Be sure to leave your opinion in the comment section below!