President Obama spoke today about race in America and the Trayvon Martin case, saying, "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." His extensive and personal remarks included comments about his daughters and his own experience with race.
The response on Twitter to Obama's remarks has been swift and heated. Here is a sampling of the conversation on social media about the president's speech and its implications.
President Obama today is being very unpresidential.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 19, 2013
Folks: Whether or not you agree with what President Obama said about Trayvon Martin, that he said it is a major moment in his presidency.
— The Fix (@TheFix) July 19, 2013
Obama helped ignite this ginned up racial melee by saying his son would look like Trayvon. Now he says he could have been Trayvon.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 19, 2013
This appears to be the most unvarnished, unrehearsed Obama we have seen - #Trayvon
— Paul Singer (@singernews) July 19, 2013
this was most personal race speech Obama has ever given. including the famous "race" speech.
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) July 19, 2013
"When was Obama profiled?" -- People who three years ago were demanding Obama show his papers
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) July 19, 2013
watching @BarackObama speak about Trayvon… inspired by his leadership. we will do the work to make this country a more perfected union!
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 19, 2013
A truly historic moment. To stand from the highest office in the land and to hold up a mirror to America.
— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) July 19, 2013
When you say “Obama should speak for all Americans” what I hear is “What happens to black people isn’t my problem.”
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 19, 2013