Foot-in-mouth is saying something stupid, insulting, or hurtful. Normally people regret it when they put their foot in their mouth. They learn from the experience and try not to make the same mistake again. President Obama has a chance to not make another mistake in the case of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But will he?
President Obama during a rose garden press conference when asked about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin stated, “But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
Now Americans know exactly what happened. George Zimmerman, after a five week trial in Sanford, Florida, has been acquitted on all criminal charges in the shooting.
The NAACP has called upon the US Department of Justice to “pursue civil rights charges” against Zimmerman. But can Zimmerman get a fair review given the above statement by the President? What about the recent Judicial Watch revelations that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice, the Community Relations Service (CRS), was “deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman”?
President Obama also said in his rose garden comments on the Martin shooting, “I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.” Does this apply to the DOJ getting involved at the behest of the NAACP?
Will the President come out and say it is time to move on? Or will he make this more of a political issue than it already is?
Both the President and AG Holder are facing multiple scandals (targeting journalists, NSA data mining, IRS targeting religious/conservative groups, Benghazi security/cover up, Obamacare shortfalls in implementation, etc.). Will the President make a political calculation to take this on in order to deflect criticism away from his administration’s problems?
The President has used others to change the national narrative. Will George Zimmerman be his next strawman?
EDITORS NOTE: According to Florida law Zimmerman “[I]s immune from criminal prosecution and civil action” in the shooting of Martin.