Obama, top Democrats lay low as Martin story shifts
Top Democrats ‚ÄĒ including President Barack Obama‚Äôs re-election team ‚ÄĒ are now keeping their distance from the Trayvon Martin uproar, as each day reveals more facts about the teen‚Äôs slaying.
‚ÄúAs more facts come out, it‚Äôs more confusing for folks,‚ÄĚ Sharon Gilpin, a Democratic political consultant, told The Daily Caller.
‚ÄúThere was a pretty intense rush to judgment ‚Ä¶ [but] it is important to get all your facts before you cement your feet in the sidewalk,‚ÄĚ said Gilpin, who has worked on numerous Democratic campaigns and ballot initiatives.
‚ÄúAs tragic as this death is, there obviously is another side to the story,‚ÄĚ former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis told TheDC. ‚ÄúWe would all do well to wait for the facts to emerge.‚ÄĚ
At today‚Äôs White House press conference, spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the only question about the controversy. He was asked about Obama‚Äôs response to Rep. Bobby Rush appearing on the House floor wearing a hoodie. Rush represents an African-American district in Obama‚Äôs hometown of Chicago.
‚ÄúI haven‚Äôt discussed that with him,‚ÄĚ Carney said, six days after the president amplified a media firestorm by using a Rose Garden event to announced that ‚Äúif I had a son, he‚Äôd look like Trayvon.‚ÄĚ (RELATED: Full coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting)
After Carney dismissed the question, the reporters focused on Obama‚Äôs renewed ‚ÄĒ and routine ‚ÄĒ demand for higher taxes on oil companies.