Barack Obama Releases a Statement on the Death of George Floyd

After a night that saw a police precinct set ablaze, former President Barack Obama released a statement on the death of Minnesota man George Floyd at the hands of police. Obama called on Americans to “work together to create a ‘new normal.'”

The statement is the first time that the former president has made a public remark about Floyd’s death since a video of a white police officer kneeling on his neck went viral and sparked outrage. The officer has since been fired, though charges have not been filed.

Obama wrote, “I want to share some of the conversations that I’ve had with friends over the past couple days about the footage of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.”

He went on to share an email from somebody who he identified as “an African-American businessman” who told him “I cried when I saw that video.”

Obama continued:

“It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system or jogging down the street or just watching birds in a park.”

He added, “This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”

Of Floyd’s death and the aftermath, Obama wrote, “It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done.”

He continued, “But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

Obama’s tweet follows ones made by former Vice President Joe Biden who also highlighted the arrest of a CNN reporter on the ground in Minneapolis on Friday morning.

Biden wrote, “This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything.”

President Donald Trump and Biden both said that they would address the nation, separately, on Friday.

Responses

  1. The one that really stays with me were the FIVE Dallas Police Officers MURDERED under nobamas watch. He did not condemn the situation yet invited members of BLM to the People’s House. He was importing ‘Refugees’ mostly grown men of fighting age and quietly bussing them to Northern States when some actually had active TB infections… Why Not help fix their homelands?!? Oh wait, ISIS was a JV Team, I specifically remember him saying that. Encouraging Mass Shootings of Americans as meh, let’s take away all the legal guns so the only ones with guns are the criminals. They adhere to the “gun laws” right??? Look at Chicago, his hometown, why didn’t he move back there again?
    This ANTIFA is bought and paid for by Soros and friends. They are the Dim’s Puppet Masters and any CraigsList ad section is proof positive. They’ve bussed them in and out of areas since the Election and have paid plenty of CASH to make sure America stays widely divided. Why are so many LIFELONG Politicians MULTIMILLIONAIRS while earning 174,000 to 400,000 annually?
    THEY EVEN GOT TO BERNIE SANDERS… How many homes and cars does he own now on his $174,000 annual salary…?!? Think about it.

  2. Whew. I was on the edge of my chair wondering what Barry thought about it. Now I can sleep.

    1. Funny. I thought maybe this poor man could have been his son if he’d had a son.

  3. The incident happened yesterday. Wow, he waited a whole day to respond. Who asked him anyways?

  4. Obama single-handedly set race relations back 30 years. It was all part of his plan to stomp out the American dream and promote the New World Order that he and his buddies love so much.

    1. Sorry, having an African American POTUS setting you back to yearning for the days of segregation is on YOU, not Obama.
      If Obama’s plan was to stomp out the American dream, please explain how the economy went from 7.8% unemployed in Jan, 2009 to 4.7% in Jan., 2017. Please explain the poverty rate going UP 1.9% during GW Bush’s presidency and DOWN .5% under Obama? Explain home prices going UP 20%, U.S. crude oil production UP 77%, corporate profits UP 55%, Real weekly earnings UP 4%, and uninsured Americans DOWN by 15.2 million Americans. For Americans that have 401K’s, we benefited from an increase in the S&P by 166% from the beginning to the end of Obama’s presidency.
      Need I remind you that Trump was handed an economy with 74 months of consecutive positive job growth that ended March, 2020. So of the 113 month record, 39 were during Trump. Need I remind you there were 12,469 deaths in the U.S from April, 2009 thru April, 2010. The U.S. deaths from COVID Jan, 2020 thru May, 2020 is 104,581!

      And we also have the 2 things that bugged Trumpers most about Obama. His golf and the deficit. Obama golfed 113 times during his first term. Trump, who still has 7.5 months left to go in his first term, has played 248 times. WHERE is your outrage?? The national debt was $19.9T when Obama left office. Today, the national debt is 25.7T. WHERE is your outrage?

      1. Everything you put down is a total lie syphilis. obutticus was the worst thing that EVER happened to America. You can skew facts at a rate that is mind boggling. You do realize that obutticus the nero wannabe spent more that ALL the other prior Presidents combined and in doing so he did not bring us out of the recession. President Trump did when became President. You are just going to keep pushing lies because that is all you have.

        1. No, she was perfectly accurate.

          I assume that the reason Obama must be wrong is that Trump hates him, and that most of his supporters hate a colored man being president. That’s really, really clear about you.

          1. No she wasn’t dickbert. You and syphilis are from the same mold, communist lying assholes. Most of us want a President that is for all the people and not just his people as obutticus did. He pushed race relations back about 100 years. “He could have been my son” comments are NOT appropriate comments. So put your head back up your ass like syphilis and stop try to sound intelligent, your not.

        2. 1. WHICH facts were skewed that boggled your mind, Bob? Please remember that I define facts as info that is backed up by the data. If you are unable to do your own research, I will provide you with the sites to confirm the info I provided.
          2. WHEN did you believe the Great Recession start and when did it end? December, 2007-June, 2009 are the official dates.
          3. If all you have is to call me a liar, provide the FACTS to prove what you believe is accurate.

    2. Having lived through the race riots of the 60s I totally agree with you.

      1. Ditto but law enforcement knew how to handle it, no messing around! Now their hands are tied because of the social do gooders.

  5. The cockroach didn’t have anything to say when is “ brothers” were gunning down cops during black lives matter. Cockroach didn’t have anything to say when his “brother” killed all those army guys at Fort Hood.

    1. Indeed Jim, that rabble rousing FRAUD continues to stoke racial divisiveness in OUR country. He was and is a disgrace and embarrassment to OUR country. Maybe if “his bros” would not commit the vast proportion of crime, they wouldn’t be in contact with law enforcement as much as they are (hourly it seems)

  6. The Tyrant Toddler and big talking little piss pot, trumpuke, throws gasoline on the inferno because he’s an anti-human, evil ass hole and no good racist prick.
    He should be fed live to rabid feral hogs, hyenas, and jackals who have eagerly waived professional courtesy and agreed to eat him.

    As of today, 5/29/20, over 101,600 Americans have died from and over 1,700,000 have been infected by the Covid-19 virus.
    Both numbers are climbing daily with over 1,000 dying and 3,500 infected every 24 hours with no end in sight.

    1. Still an idiot. Sure hope you aren’t married and making some woman or man as miserable as you are. Try this statistic. And the think about who was the worthless president and vice president who kept the statistics to themselves.
      Swine flu (2009)
      The US Centre for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) estimated that 150, 000 to 575,000 people died from (H1N1) pandemic virus infection in the first year of the outbreak.

      1. That article said those were the total deaths, worldwide. It said there were 12,469 deaths in the US. Obama reacted pretty quickly, too, and the government reacted with competence.

        1. Okay, gentle retards, and Cherl, I will relate you three a little story. The first H1N1 case in the US was detected 5-Apr-09; Obama’s administration declared a “public health emergency” on 26-Apr; on 29-Apr the first US death occurred. Meanwhile, the machinery went to work on a vaccine, which began to be administered 5-Oct, and a “national emergency” was declared 24-Oct, by which time over 1000 had died in the US and several million were infected. You can fact check this yourselves by Googleing “obama failed to act h1n1”; I relied on the factcheck.org article that turned up.

          Both Obama and Trump declared health emergencies before there was a single US death. Trump was quicker to declare a national emergency; national emergency authority gives the executive power to deploy money and order branches of government around, without congressional approval.

          From the time Trump was informed there was a serious epidemic beginning until he actually started doing something six weeks had passed, during which time the number of proven infections doubled every week or ten days, and during which time Trump said things like “there are only fifteen infections, and in a couple weeks there will be none” and “we’ve got it controlled” and “with warm weather it will go away, like a miracle.” When it became clear that putting the problem out of people’s minds would not make them happy Trump voters (because the problem was not automatically going away), the media geniuses behind Trump decided that if Obama had screwed up his pandemic even worse than Trump, Trump would look better. Obama-hate is the comfort food of the crackpot right, as you know. Presto, lies were invented, and the lies were propagated through Facebook and Twitter, and “alternative facts” were everywhere to bolster The Great Orange One.

          Did I say “gentle retards?” Perhaps I should have said, “gentle readers.” But no, I’m not the P.C. liberal you young fellas probably think I am. So, retards it will be. Cheryl, I’m too old-school to say such things to a lady, so I leave you out of the blast radius. But what if you were trans? I’d still leave you out.

          1. Did that come directly come from the demonrat/communist, falsified documents dickbert. We know you all hate America and would do anything to destroy Her.

          2. Actually, “Bob”, it is sourced from news stories and government reports, and all the same information is available from different places. I’m beginning to think you’re a Russian troll.

      2. Delbert is correct that the CDC #’s you cited are WORLDWIDE over a YEAR, Cheryl. If you wish to attribute the worldwide deaths of COVID to Trump, his #’s would be over 360,000 deaths in a 6 MONTH period. NO ONE is attributing worldwide deaths to Trump, so WHY would it make sense to you to attribute H1N1 global deaths to Obama ? This I really want to read.

    2. Hey Johnny boy. Time for you to get out of your mother’s basement and have you mouth washed out with soap. You must lead a horrible life!

    3. Still babbling over a different subject.

      Hey moron…they first claimed 2p0,00 to 1.3 million would die.

      If the Dems didn’t spent so much time on a phoeny impeacement it would have been half.

      Missed the Dem plan. Democratic states did so well. Highest death rate. Great job.

    4. Yea johnny the dipshit remember the 61 plus million babies that your party murdered. You are a liar and manipulator of facts.

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