White House Clarifies Obama's Comments On Trayvon Martin
A top Obama adviser says the President's comments came from his parental instinct and had nothing to do with race:
A top presidential adviser said President Obama's decision to comment on the shooting death of an African-American teenager in Florida was motivated by parental instinct more than the incident's emergence as a racial issue. Senior White House adviser David Plouffe said Obama reacted instinctively as a parent last week in saying that Americans needed "some soul searching" in the wake of the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The gunman was not charged, prompting probes by the Justice Department and local authorities. Obama said he supported the investigations, noting: "If I had son, he'd look like Trayvon." Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Plouffe said Obama "was speaking powerfully about this as a parent." Plouffe added that "no matter gender or race, this is a tragedy."That does make sense. It was very similar to comments President Obama made about Allen Coon, the white 13-year-old who was set on fire by two black classmates. Obama said then, "If I had a son, he'd look like Allen." Oh wait, Obama didn't say anything about Allen. My bad. I guess that 'parental instinct' didn't kick in then. I can't imagine why not.