Actually, it’s irresponsible and reckless for the President of the United States to inflame racial tensions to score political points.
(The Hill) — Senior Obama advisor David Plouffe said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s comments about the president’s reaction to the controversial killing of African American teenager Trayvon Martin were “reprehensible.”
In an interview with the conservative talk show host Sean Hannity last week, Gingrich accused the president of injecting race into the incident and called Obama’s statement that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” was “disgraceful.”
In his first pubic remarks about the incident, which occurred almost a month ago, Obama said of Martin’s family Friday, “I can only imagine what these parents are going through.
“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened,” Obama said in remarks at a Rose Garden ceremony after unveiling his nominee for the World Bank.
The man who has admitted to shooting Martin, Florida resident George Zimmerman, has claimed he was acting in self-defense. Both Obama and Gingrich referred to the case Friday as a “tragedy,” Gingrich, though, added that Obama’s comments suggested it would have been less sad if the victim had not been an African-American.