Americans Thank President Obama For Speaking About Trayvon Martin

“Thank you @BarackObama for the acknowledgment of our collective pain.” posted on

President Obama unexpectedly spoke today about the jury’s verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman and said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me.”

Carolyn Kaster / AP

His remarks made an impact on many people who had been eager for the president to personally address the jury’s decision that Zimmerman was not guilty of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

@BarackObama As a white woman and mother of an interracial 5 year old little boy Thank you for that speech, in tears here.

@BarackObama sir, I can only imagine the pressures of your position. Thank you for speaking out. I'm looking forward to progressive change.

Thank you @BarackObama for saying more about Trayvon Martin and the state of our union. It is important.

Thank you, @BarackObama, for addressing the CONTEXT surrounding our community's collective anger, hurt and resentment in this case.

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This is not a political tweet. But thank you @BarackObama for speaking on the Trayvon Martin matter from the prism of being black in America

That's why I voted for him. He is a man of wisdom. Thank you, @BarackObama. Thank you for caring about everybody....

Thank you @BarackObama for touching on such a sensitive issue that most in your position would run from

@BarackObama Thank you 4 the public acknowledgement. It means a LOT! Now lets work 2 make things better. - A Large Portion Of Black America

Thank you @BarackObama For using your power to speak the truth to what so many live. This is how we work together toward more PERFECT UNION.

Thank you @barackobama for speaking your truth and telling your story. The personal is political.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Thank you President @BarackObama for addressing the country on Treyvon Martin & explaining what some simply don't understand.

Pres "@BarackObama If #WeThePeople forgot to thank you today, we say it now..."Thank you for all you do for our Country & ALL AMERICANS."

Thank you @BarackObama for touching on such a sensitive issue that most in your position would run from

I was near tears hearing President @BarackObama address my concerns as a parent to 2 African-American boys. THANK YOU!! We have work to do.

Thank you @BarackObama for telling the truth about race/profiling/history. We need to expose privilege anywhere and everywhere.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

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