"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said.
What? I can understand Obama's statement that "when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids." Okay, he's a parent, and his heart goes out to the boy's parents. Fair enough. But the statement above seems to say: "this boy's death really got to me because he's black." The message, I guess, is: "this boy's death really got to me because he's black and was shot by a white man. The same thing could have happened to my son, if I had a son." Still odd, no? If the President had a son, he'd presumably look like a student at Sidwell Friends.
The White House's initial reaction, oddly enough, was correct. They said they wouldn't wade into a "local law enforcement matter." But now that there's political hay to be made, Obama has called for a Justice Dept investigation of the incident (on the basis of what jurisdiction, I ask) and is now busy empathizing with the Martins on the basis of his hypothetical son.
Lest there be any doubt, I take no position on the guilt or innocence of Mr. Zimmerman. Like virtually everyone else who has commented on the case, I do not know Florida law and I have no first-hand knowledge of the facts. But that is why we have a criminal justice system - the truth will come out, without any help from Messrs Obama and Holder, thank you very much.