Pat Buchanan: Leading from behind Al Sharpton
But why, when the fires of anger over the Zimmerman verdict were dying down, did he go into that pressroom and stir them up?
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," said Obama.
But which Trayvon?
The one walking home with Skittles and tea? Or the one who sucker-punched Zimmerman, decked him, piled on, pummeled him martial arts style, hammered his head on the sidewalk, ignored his screams for help and got shot by the guy he was assaulting?
If Obama thinks the verdict was justified, why did he not urge that the demonstrations, marches, vandalism and violence cease?
The President sent his "thoughts and prayers" to Trayvon's family.
Obama moved swiftly off the trial and into a rambling discourse on the black experience and racial profiling.
What is Obama up to? Answer. A law professor, he knows this case, based on evidence and testimony, was open and shut. And he knows Eric Holder is not going to file any hate-crime civil rights charges.
"There are very few African-American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me ... before I was a senator."
"That happens often," said Obama. Undeniably. But why do black males awaken such apprehensions and fears? Is it their color?
The "liberal Sentencing Project organization," says Unz, estimates that "one-third of all black men are already convicted criminals by their 20s, and the fraction would surely be far higher for those living in urban areas."
Obama traced the "violence ... in poor black neighborhoods" to "poverty and ... a very difficult history.
But slavery and segregation were far closer in time to the black America of the 1950s, and poverty was far greater. Yet we never saw crime and incarceration rates like we see today in Black America.
As newspapers avoid the issue of black racism and rarely give the stats on interracial crime, Obama dwelt lovingly on the indignities of racial profiling — without really addressing the root cause.
But Obama was where he likes to be, leading from behind — this time behind Al Sharpton.
Pat Buchanan is a former Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, an adviser to two Presidents, a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C., and the author of"Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"