On the First Thoughts blog at First Things, Robert George has A Question for the President:
Thank you for taking time to share with us, more than once now, your reflections on the Zimmerman case, just as you took time to share your thoughts on the case involving Professor Gates of Harvard. But Mr. President, if you could spare just another moment, I respectfully request that you tell us, the American people, when you learned that the murders of our ambassador and three other of our fellow citizens in Benghazi, Libya was not the work of a spontaneously formed mob enflamed by a movie, but was rather the work of a terrorist organization that executed a planned attack on the anniversary of 9/11/2001?
I think anyone who saw Obama speak or has read a transcript or a summary of the president's remarks might reasonably ask if they are best described as "reflections on the Zimmerman case." Did Professor George have some reason for not wanting to mention race or the name Treyvon Martin? If so, what could it be? But what is even more puzzling is this: What was it about the president's remarks that caused Professor George to think of Benghazi? I have now seen three panel discussions analyzing the president's remarks. Some commenters have praised the president, others (including some African Americans) have been harshly critical, but as far as I know, Professor George is the only one to react by raising the issue of Benghazi and ignoring the death of Trayvon Martin and the issue of race in American.