White House Responds to Aussie Chris Lane’s Murder: “Wouldn’t Want to Get Ahead of the Legal Process Here” (Video)
FOX News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked principal deputy White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, today his thoughts on the horrific murder of Aussie Chris Lane in Oklahoma.
Here’s how it went.
Ed Henry: Do you have any reaction to the Christopher Lane case?
Josh Earnest: Uh, I’m not familiar with that actually.
Ed Henry: In Oklahoma this 22 Year-old Australian who goes out on a jog and these young men who apparently told the police they were bored and they thought it would be fun to kill him.
Josh Earnest: Well, just that this sounds like a pretty tragic case. I wouldn’t want to get ahead of the legal process here. The president himself has spoken very eloquently about the violence in our communities.
Of course, Barack Obama had much more to say on Trayvon Martin’s death.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.
But obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
It’s too bad Chris Lane didn’t “look like” Obama.