It’s Ferguson, Ferguson, Ferguson.
“He’s worked very hard to be balanced, but this situation, I think at this stage in his presidency, I think he’s going to be called on to do more.” — National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial on Obama’s handling of the Ferguson crisis and his even-handed comments Monday.
Obama is walking a thin line here. He’s far less personally engaged in this crisis than he was when Trayvon Martin was killed. And yet, as Morial and Paul Butler, a former DOJ prosecutor who’s now a law professor at Georgetown, point out, more is expected from Obama when black kids are rioting in the streets. Butler points out that when Rand Paul is speaking out more forcefully than the first African-American president, “then we have a problem.”
“I explained to the president that I've been pleased with my conversations with the Attorney General and civil rights division regarding their helpful understanding that they aren't taking over this investigation, but are conducting a parallel review of the events that led to Michael Brown's death.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt in a statement following his conversation with President Obama Monday about the situation in Ferguson.
Blunt and many others believe that parallel investigations is the way to go. He points out that voters have given state and local officials the responsibility to deal with situations like the one in Ferguson, and that the federal government shouldn’t interfere.
“We must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday outlining his limited mission for the Missouri National Guard in Ferguson.
The governor plays yet another card in his ongoing quest to control the situation in Ferguson. The frustration level among Missourians surely is beginning to grow.
“I’ll be watching over the next several days to assess whether in fact it’s helping rather than hindering progress in Ferguson.” — Obama on Nixon’s decision to call in the Guard.
Obama appeared to distance himself from the decision Monday. And he emphasized that it’s the state of Missouri, not the White House, that called this shot.