Aide: Obama reacted as parent to Florida shooting
A top presidential adviser says President Obama’s decision to comment on the shooting death of a black teenager in Florida was motivated by parental instinct more than the incident’s emergence as a racial issue.
Senior White House adviser David Plouffe says Mr. Obama reacted instinctively as a parent last week in saying that Americans needed “some soul searching” in the wake of the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The gunman was not charged, prompting probes by the Justice Department and local authorities.
Mr. Obama said he supported the investigations, noting: “If I had son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Plouffe said Mr. Obama “was speaking powerfully about this as a parent.” Mr. Plouffe added that “no matter gender or race, this is a tragedy.”
Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York (left) and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are calling for investigations into whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law.