Americans Thank President Obama For Speaking About Trayvon Martin

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

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.

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

— AntheaButler (@ProfB)

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

— thedivatweets (@courtney herring)

Thank you Pres. @BarackObama! We as a country needed that! #ZimmermanTrial

— jreidfla (@john.i.am)

Dear @BarackObama, Thank you Mr. President! Sincerely, A Black Man in America

— HUSLDiplomat (@Clinton Mitchell)

@BarackObama just spoke for me and my sons today. Thank you, Mr. President.

— MisteeP (@Mistee Parker)
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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

— cmillscsn (@Chris Miller)

Okay, this is what I needed to hear today. Thank you @BarackObama.

— FoxyJazzabelle (@Jazzaphine Baker)

Thank you @BarackObama. Thank you.

— ReaganGomez (@Reagan Gomez)

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

— BonafideBro (@Brother Bonafide)

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

— dr_qeel (@The Sovereign)

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

— AmoretheKING (@God Amore' Amore')

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.

— PersephoneC (@Persephone Clover)

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

— jamiaw (@jamiaw)
Carolyn Kaster / AP

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

— AnthonyONeal (@Anthony ONeal)

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

— southerntalker (@T)

Thank you sir. @BarackObama I wanted to hear from you.

— Muzicmaykr (@The MUZICMAYKR)

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

— dr_qeel (@The Sovereign)

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.

— yolandanichole (@Yolanda B.)

Thank you #BarackObama for stepping and speaking truth to the nation about the context of race.

— JumaaneWilliams (@Jumaane D. Williams)

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

— liberalbeliever (@Mark Winters)

Thank You Mr. President @BarackObama -signed: A Young Black Man

— louro20 (@Louis)
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