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Obama phone calls not politically motivated

April 23, 2012
Daily Press


James T. Hirn, in "Taking Issue With Obama" (April 12) questioned President Obama's motivations for his personal phone call to offer his condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin, the teenage boy recently murdered in Florida. Mr. Hirn implies that even this basic act of human decency was laced with partisanship. His words: "Since there was political gain for the (President's) calls to Fluke and the Martins, those were good calls."

What proof does Mr. Hirn have of this? In my opinion, this Freudian allegation says much more about the world view of James T. Hirn.

President Obama did not call the parents of Trayvon Martin because he shares a skin color or political party with them. He reacted as a man who is the father of teenage children who is shocked by a tragedy. His was an empathetic response. If Mr. Hirn were President, I would hope that he would find the grace to offer the same. It is proper and decent for the President to offer his personal condolences and the condolences of the nation to those effected by tragedy, in this case the Martin family.

If James Hirn honestly thinks that President Obama's decency in this matter is political in any way, then he is out of touch with reality. Where is your empathy, sir?

The tragic death of a teenage boy is a tragedy. Period. It has nothing to do with politics. Anyone who says otherwise should be ashamed of themselves.

Kevin Chown

Los Angeles, Calif.



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