David Plouffe, White House adviser.
We have all heard about the shooting in Florida. While we have yet to hear any real evidence in the case, the shooter has been convicted by the court of public opinion and apparently sentenced to death by some in our society. Whatever else happens in the case, we still have a young man dead and family living the horror of any parent, the death of a child.
As he has been wont to do in other racially charged cases, President Obama quickly dove head first into the national discussion with what could easily be taken as a racially tinged statement.
The clear inference in his comment was that it was a tragedy because the kid looked like him. A comment that would have brought howls of protest from a white president. People would still be screaming if George Bush had made such a remark about a white teenager.
It seems as if Obama is now realizing that he may have made a mistake by misjudging how large the mob scene that is developing currently in Florida would become.
As with any case like this we have the Rev Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton rushing down to claim face time in front of any TV camera they can find. Truth, evidence, investigation all be damned. We don't need to know the truth, just give the man a fair trial and hang him.
Problem this time is someone slipped up and let the hard-core racists in. Now we have Louis Farrakhan and the New Black Panther Party in Florida forming a lynch mob.
We have Farrakhan calling for retaliation
FARRAKHAN TWEETS: ‘WHERE THERE IS NO JUSTICE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE…LAW OF RETALIATION MAY…BE APPLIED’
Then we have the NBPP putting a bounty on the shooter's head and calling for the formation of a militia to hunt down the shooter and take matters into their own hands.
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."..."If the government won't do the job, we'll do it."
Mikhail Muhammad, leader of the NBPP
Black Panthers offer $10,000 bounty to catch Trayvon killer
Bottom line is that Obama has once again, needlessly, put himself in a no-win situation with a racially-charged issue.
-If he backtracks now or condemns the NBPP and Farrakhan, as he should, he will get criticized from the left.
-If he does not criticize the NBPP and Farrakhan, which he should if he were to be fair, he will be attacked from the right as a racist and turning a blind eye to hatred from the left (again).
-Do nothing, as he pretty much is doing now, and the whole thing blows up in to a race-fueled frenzy and it is too late to do anything.
What is the solution? Elect a President (and by extension an Attorney General) that represents the entire country , not just one race.