Originally Posted by cosmo20002
Not seeing distancing. I see the word "distance" because that's what the writer used. I just don't see any actual distancing. But this is really important, so I hope this distancing issue gets resolved.
Sure there is. It's a bit subtle but it's there.
Administration old stance on the issue:
(1) "It's a tragedy." If Zimmerman is rightfully defending himself from an attack it's not a tragedy. It's a case of self defense. Sure it's still a sad situation but it's not a tragedy. Again, if
Zimmerman is rightfully defending himself.
(2) “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” He's attempting to characterize Martin, to portray him in a sympathetic way. To make him appear to be a sympathetic character. Kind of like something that a lawyer would do to influence a jury.
(3) “I think all of us have to do some soul searching to think about how something like this happens.” Once again, if Zimmerman is rightfully defending himself than this doesn't require soul searching.
Administration new stance on the issue:
(1) “[Obama's] comments are what they were, but we’re not going to say anything from here,” Do you know what it means when someone says "It is what it is"? It's a phrase that means that something has happened that can't be changed, even though the speaker wished that wasn't the case. He's coming as close as he can to saying that Obama was wrong for making those statements and he's saying that no more statements will be made.
(2) When asked by reporters if the Justice Department will be watching the outcome and reporting back to the President, Carney said, “I do not know the answer to that question.” Here he very blatantly blows off the issue entirely to shut down further questioning. There are a number of neutral comments that he could have made at this point even without speaking to Obama first about it. But he chose to blow it off to shut down conversation about the issue
It's fairly obvious that the administration is distancing itself from the case. That's probably a good idea. Obama already blew a military trial by making inappropriate comments. Maybe he's learned his lesson.