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President Obama talks Trayvon, says country needs to do "some soul searching"

From the AP's Julie Pace at the White House ...

Looking for positive lessons to draw from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama said Friday the nation needs to do some "soul-searching," look for ways to bolster African-American boys and examine state and local laws to see if they encourage confrontations like the tragedy in Florida.

"Where do we take this?" Obama wondered aloud in an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room. "How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?"

The president said it's time "for all of us to some soul searching," but he also said it's generally not productive when politicians try to orchestrate a conversation.

On the positive side, he said race relations in the United States actually are getting better Looking at his own daughters and their interactions with friends, the president said, "They're better than we are. They're better than we were."

The president declined to wade into the detail of legal questions about the Florida case, saying, "Once the jury's spoken, that's how our system works."

But he said state and local laws, such as Florida's "stand your ground" statute, need a close look.

Click here for transcript of Obama's remarks, courtesy of the Washington Post

 

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popseal

KING PINOCCHIO sounds like he's out of gas, or maybe he's just full of gas. 'Bam, you're the man! An amateur man and faux president.

Pat Kelley

popseal, Thanks for letting us know that you don't like President Obama but you really don't show much talent as a political commentator.

whasup

You know, what happened to Trayvon could have happened to Barack, a few decades ago ... if Barack had been the kind of kid to talk to his girlfriend on his cell phone instead of calling 911 when some "creepy" character was following him in his own neighborhood.

Praise Barack Obama

The President was brave to make a statement/speech of that magnitude knowing his political career would be at jeopardy.

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