HottJoe said^It wasn't race baiting! It was heartfelt and truthful.
Except well for the underlying fact that the Zimmerman case had little if anything to do with race except for the parts that were manufactured by the Administration et al. But again, that's why they need the case to be about race. Look at everything else around him that's happening.
I think Martin was racially profiled. You don't. Regardless, Obama was talking about why the African American community reacts strongly to cases like these, in a general sense. He was speaking from personal experience, and to that end, Zimmerman is beside the point.
Again, even the FBI noted that if there was profiling it likely had to do with the hoodie over the color of his skin. What doesn't seem to get reported:http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/07/21/how_media_lies_have_distorted_a_tragedy_119311.html
This narrative has transformed Zimmerman, a man of racially mixed heritage that included white, Hispanic and black roots (a grandmother who helped raise him had an Afro-Peruvian father), into an honorary white male steeped in white privilege. It has cast him as a virulent racist even though he once had a black business partner, mentored African-American kids, lived in a neighborhood about 20 percent black, and participated in complaints about a white police lieutenant’s son getting away with beating a homeless black man.
This narrative has perpetuated the lie that Zimmerman’s history of calls to the police indicates obsessive racial paranoia. Thus, discussing the verdict on the PBS NewsHour, University of Connecticut professor and New Yorker contributor Jelani Cobb asserted that “Zimmerman had called the police 46 times in previous six years, only for African-Americans, only for African-American men.” Actually, only six calls—two of them about Trayvon Martin—had to do with African-American men. At least three involved complaints about whites; others were about such issues as a fire alarm going off, a reckless driver of unknown race, or an aggressive dog.
In this narrative, even Zimmerman’s concern for a black child—a 2011 call to report a young African-American boy walking unsupervised on a busy street, on which the police record notes, “compl[ainant] concerned for well-being”—has been twisted into crazed racism. Writing on the website of The New Republic, Stanford University law professor Richard Thompson Ford describes Zimmerman as “an edgy basket case” who called 911 about “the suspicious activities of a seven year old black boy.” This slander turns up in other left-of-center sources, such as ThinkProgress.org.
Accounts of the incident itself have also been wrapped in false narrative—including such egregious distortions as NBC’s edited audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call which made him appear to say that Martin was “up to no good” because “he looks black.” (In fact, Zimmerman explained that Martin was “walking around and looking about” in the rain, and mentioned his race—of which he initially seemed unsure—only in response to the dispatcher’s question.)
The reason why the African American community - or at least a vocal few do, in cases like this is because of plain demagoguery of some to further a political objective. To suggest that this is a good time to have a conversation about race is sheer demagoguery (ie "Who cares about the facts? I'm glad you listened to my race baiting earlier since I could have been Trayvon, nevermind that I supported Stand Your Ground in Illinois, the fact that I've been able to whip you up into a frenzy is a fantastic opportunity to talk about the things I want to talk about".
Again, little wonder that Obama would rather talk about this - a made up slight, than all the other scandals engulfing his administration.