Obama Empathizes, Gingrich and Santorum Diss It

Obama said something poignant about the Trayvon Martin case when asked about it:

“If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.”

Those were some very powerful words. He, as a black man, knows that he could be in the same position as Trayvon’s parents.

Of course, the GOP candidates weighed in:

Gingrich:

“Is the president suggesting if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense. I mean, dividing this country up, it is a tragedy this young man was shot.”

Huh?? How the hell did he come up with that?? No it would NOT be OK if it was a white kid. I don’t get it.

Santorum:

“What the president of the United States should do is try to bring people together, not use these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America.”

Again, huh?? How is empathizing with Trayvon’s parents driving a wedge in America?

I guess this is what it comes down to. When Obama says something, immediately disagree. Or question it. Or say he’s hurting America. Obama says the sky is blue. Respond, “Is it really? How do we know it’s blue? He’s only saying the sky is blue because it reflects all the blue states. Why is he leaving out the red states? We are all Americans.”

See how ridiculous this is?

It doesn’t matter. He did a good thing. Trayvon’ parents said:

“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?”

What he said comforted grieving parents.

And about that question. In that hypothetical situation, if President Obama had a son who didn’t have Secret Service with him, and George Zimmerman didn’t know who he was, you bet your ass he would be considered suspicious.


8 responses to “Obama Empathizes, Gingrich and Santorum Diss It

  • jonolan

    How is poignant for Obama to interject himself into the matter for his own gain? And no, Obama would never sympathize with grieving White parents, at least he never has to-date because it doesn’t gain him anything to do so.

    As for Obama’s hypothetical son – With or without a hoodie, the boy would be suspicious. He’d be an Obama.

  • lbwoodgate

    Not that Gingrich is capable of it, being childless, but surely Santorum with all of his children would have shared a empathetic chord with Obama’s statement. How can someone talk up pro-life values and not have some common decency regarding the loss of their child to these parents?

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