President's Statement on Zimmerman Verdict

(White House statement)

(just released by White House)  



Office of the Press Secretary


July 14, 2013


Statement by the President


The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.  We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.


14 July 2013 05:19pm
His comments were ok overall EXCEPT for the last sentence - Why would we be "honoring" Trayvon Martin??? No one still knows or will ever know if he was the one who reacted in rage (or if they both did in which case both have some blame) and went after Zimmerman thereby escalating the situation.
14 July 2013 10:32pm
Trayvon was the victim! He was being stalked by a man in the dark. Rage? Escalating the situation? He was just trying to walk home. Pleeeze, if your kid was being followed by a strange man who ended up l
killing him, You would probably have a different take on this. The only evidence of what happened was from a man who had motive to LIE.
14 July 2013 03:17pm
Mr. President,
Maybe you should have stayed out if this case from the beginning. All you seem to do is divide our country further the longer you are in office!
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