Trayvon Martin could have been me – Obama   Leave a comment

By:  Washington Bureau, Published on Fri Jul 19 2013

WASHINGTON—You can be black. You can be candid about the pain of race in America. You can be the president of the United States.

But if you’re Barack Obama, combining each of those conditions at the same time has been the electrified third rail of his historic presidency.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks candidly Friday about race in America in unscripted remarks prompted by the George Zimmerman acquittal in the the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Photo credit: LARRY DOWNING / REUTERS  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks candidly Friday about race in America in unscripted remarks prompted by the George Zimmerman acquittal in the the Trayvon Martin shooting.

America’s first ever African-American leader built two victories on inclusivity: “hope and change” in the star-struck fall of 2008, which gave way to a much messier campaign in 2012 seized with class, not race, when No-Drama Obama claimed Mitt Romney’s 47 per cent — and many others besides — with colour-blind messaging in what proved to be a cakewalk.

Then came Friday afternoon. After a week of mounting pressure to offer more than a written statement on last week’s George Zimmerman acquittal, Obama stepped up with 20 stunning, unscripted minutes on race.

Read more of Mitch Potter’s column at: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/07/19/trayvon_martin_could_have_been_me_obama_tells_press_corps.html

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Posted July 20, 2013 by allanbaker in Politics

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