President Obama told the nation July 19 in the White House that “when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son.” He paused, then said, “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Obama was 17 then, Martin’s age at death.
How is America to take that? As a direct comparison? As heartfelt sympathy for African-American outrage at the “not guilty” on all charges jury verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for killing the youth? As officious, racially-charged grandstanding? Or as sheer political hypocrisy?
I asked Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb, whose organization intensively followed the legal side of the Zimmerman case, “How would you answer those questions?’ He told me, “Ask about Obama, not Trayvon. SAF’s research archive is a good start.” It was, and led to a mountain of old clips:
Where was Obama 35 years ago — 1978 — and what was he doing?
He was nearing his 18th birthday — Aug. 4 — looking forward to his senior year at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1841, Punahou has been an elite private college preparatory school ($19,200 current tuition) with 99 percent of graduates entering a four-year university; its sports program was ranked best in America by Sports Illustrated in 2008-09.
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Ron Arnold.