Saturday, March 24, 2012

No, it's not appropriate for the President to comment....

The President has weighed in on the Treyvon Martin issue in Florida.  The press is trying to say that the leader of this country is right to comment on a local police matter.  Just like he commented on the brouhaha in Cambridge that led to the "Beer Summit" because he spoke only from what he has seen in the press--just because he's President, it doesn't mean that he has more insight or more information than the rest of us do.

It's purely a matter for the local gendarme to handle.  If it looks like they're not handling it properly then the county or the state steps in.  It's not a federal case, no matter how many people, who were also not there and don't know any more about the situation that I do, don hooded sweatshirts, scream to the skies, and call for blood.

And no, the President should not venture an opinion on a local situation like this.  All he does is add fuel to what is looking like is going to end up as a lynching for George Zimmerman since he's already being crucified and presumed guilty in the court of public opinion (which is not/should not be a stand-in for our legal system).  The President has forgotten that ALL people, regardless of their skin pigmentation (or lack thereof), are innocent UNLESS they are PROVEN guilty and in lieu of hard data, should keep his mouth shut.

4 comments:

Old NFO said...

Excellent point, and well said... And NOTHING has been proven yet, other than that a lynch mob wants his head...

Guffaw in AZ said...

Totally agree.
But, he and his crew are going to continue to play the race card, because that's all they have.
I remember Nixon commenting on Manson, too.
Some people's Presidents!

North said...

Can a judge give a president a gag order?

Midwest Chick said...

NFO--Exactly, but yet the press is trying very hard to escalate this into a race war. Don't think they would have tried so hard from the first had they realized that Zimmerman is actually Hispanic.

GFA--Yep. It was interesting to watch one of Obama's advisors try to avoid talking about his speech this morning with David Gregory. I think the best thing he said was the President needs to remember that he's everyone's President, not just Trayvon Martin's.

North--no, but, per the above, I'm betting some of his advisors would like to.