President Obama: “If I Had A Son, He’d Look Like Trayyon” (VIDEO)

The purpose of President Obama’s appearance in the Rose Garden of the White House today was to announce his nominee to be the next President of the World Bank.  But what much of the world came away from that appearance of the President was his remarkably powerful and personal remarks regarding Trayvon Martin case.

When asked, the always diplomatic, emotionally reserved President spoke with a sense of grief, passion and concern:

“I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”


But it was towards to the end of his remarks that the President of the United States delivered his most powerful statement of all.  In seeking to offer some words of comfort to the parents  of Trayyon Martin, the President, in a hesitant voice observed:

“You know, 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 are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

It’s probably fair to say that Barack Obama spoke to America today, not simply as the 44th President, not simply as the head of the Executive Branch of government, not as the presumed Democratic Party nominee for President in 2012, but as an African-American father.

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