Shortly after the verdict of the case against Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown was delivered, Mr. President Barack Obama rendered a highly anticipated speech. Its content was not what most would have expected, as he requested peaceful protests, restraint and cooperation between both law enforcement and protesters, and an understanding that the no-indictment decision was the jury's decision to make; while skating over the growing racial tensions between Black and White America. President Obama was especially careful with his words, which of course did not reflect his true feelings (whatever they may be), to avoid providing either side with a notion that their actions were justified.
I have been reading a lot of Facebook statuses, comments, and blogs of angry Americans who expected Obama to do and say more than the plethora of hollow words that was his speech. Criticism was inevitable and I honestly do not feel Obama's address of the situation was necessary. A few blogs noted Obama's loss of supporters, which shows their [the supporters'] misunderstanding of his position. The only reason the President was expected to speak on the matter was directly related to his racial decent. I'm questioning whether the American people would be calling for former President Bush to address and go to Ferguson had he been President during this occurrence. Obama's supporters should understand that as President, his role is to lead and govern the nation; not to dish out personal opinions or take sides in unfortunate circumstances that seem to be racially motivated. There was nothing Obama could say to calm the escalating rage, pain and fear of Ferguson residents; of Americans. There was nothing he could say to help anyone understand there is nothing he could actually do for the circumstance.
Some deem it necessary for the President to visit Ferguson, Missouri. I do not believe that would be the best option. What I do believe is that he could turn this tragedy into an initiative to shift law enforcement's mentality of "shoot to kill" or "shoot first, ask questions later." Obama's untimely plea for the media to highlight the positive approaches and developments in Brown's case came as some news channels split the screen between his speech and law enforcement coating the streets of Ferguson with tear gas. I was surprised that he naively asked the American people to highlight anything positive when we thrive on the negative. All we want to know about is the looting and property destruction occurring because the justice system continually "fails" us. Obama's plea should have been followed by a plea to law enforcement to treat citizens with respect and dignity, while valuing the preciousness of human life.