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