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From: "Jaffe, Greg" >
Date: July 8, 2016 at 1:14:26 AM GMT+2
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Subject: white house travel pool report 4 obama statement quotes
President Obama finished speaking about the police shootings in Minnesota and baton Rouge at about 1 a.m. . He spoke in a small meeting room at the Marriott Warsaw hotel here. The lectern with the presidential seal was set at one of the room on a small riser and delivered to the pool. The remarks were webcast.
Here are a few quotes: courtesy of Mike Memoli of the LAT
"We have seen tragedies like this too many times," Obama began,
"All of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings bc these are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in the criminal justice system.
The president then reeled off a series of statistics to back up his point.
"There's a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their skin they are not being treated the same. That hurts and that should trouble all of us....All fair minded people should be concerned.
He made the point repeatedly and at length that talking about the problems associated with these police shootings of black men wasn't denigrating police or minimizing the danger they faced.
"All of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings, because these are not isolated incidents.
They're symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system."
"When incidents like this occur there's a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their skin they're not being treated the same. And that hurts. And that should trouble all of us. this is not just a black issue. This is not just a Hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we should all care about. It's incumbent on all of us to say we can do better than this. We are better than this."
"When people say black lives matter, that doesn't mean that blue lives don't matter. ... All lives matter. But the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents."
"Let me just end by saying, I actually genuinely, truly believe that the vast majority of the American people see this as a problem that we should all care about. And i would just ask those who question the sincerity or the legitimacy of protests and vigils and expressions of outrage, who somehow label those expressions of outrage as quote, unquote, political correctness. i just ask folks to step back and think, what if this happened to someone in your family. How would you feel?
"To be concerned about these issues isn't political correctness, it's being American."
[latimes.slack.com]<>https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__latimes.slack.com_archives_G130BDJ6Q_p1467932271000109&d=DQMFAw&c=RAhzPLrCAq19eJdrcQiUVEwFYoMRqGDAXQ_puw5tYjg&r=78OKlPZmE6RkOTrqUtbIAaGR8FZIUQzbHd_xOd589Sk&m=CQ11U05DL18xf7R8zI74XSFOOnSPo8MpIVQQ0DPaTig&s=d8Q9CinYqm-VbGZxVJAq41V042Bph7Kdo-6PmlE28eU&e=<>"We don't expect that in my lifetime, maybe not in my children's lifetime, that all the vestiges of that past will have been cured. But we can do better. People of good will can do better."
He closed by saying:
"We can do better and I believe we will do better."