Obama Talks Trayvon Martin


President Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing this afternoon to talk about the Trayvon Martin case. He said he wanted to put it in a larger context, and talked a lot about race in America. We’ll have more on it soon. But the key quote right off the bat went beyond even what he said last year when he described the unarmed Florida teenager, who was shot and killed in a nighttime confrontation with a volunteer neighborhood watchman, as someone who could have been his son.

“Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said.

Update: Here’s video of Obama’s comments.


Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com