Obama: 'If I Had a Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon'

President makes first comments on the death of Trayvon Martin

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 23, 2012 10:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama weighed in on the Trayvon Martin shooting today in the most personal of ways: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," he said at the White House today, reports Politico. "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. 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 pull together."

Obama has come under pressure from black leaders for steering clear of the case, and today marked his first public comments. "All of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves," he said, calling it "absolutely imperative" that the investigation be thorough, notes CBS News.

President Obama answers a reporter's  question about the death of Trayvon Martin Friday.
President Obama answers a reporter's question about the death of Trayvon Martin Friday.   (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)
An undated family photo shows Trayvon Martin.
An undated family photo shows Trayvon Martin.   (AP Photo/Martin Family, File)
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