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Quotes of the Week: President Obama's Trayvon Martin Comments, Andy Reid Issues Statement, and Geraldo Rivera's Hoodie Comment

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The Omelette Sunday March 25, 2012 Quotes of the Week

President Obama Ripped For Comments on Trayvon Martin

Newt Gingrich and many other critics of President Obama are ripping him after he commented on the Trayvon Martin case this week. On Friday, trayvon martinPresident Obama stated, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, offering comforting words to the family. "I think (Trayvon Martin's parents) are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

Newt Gingrich wasted little time in accusing Obama of race-baiting. Newt Gingrich called his comments "disgraceful." Gingrich said, "What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background."

Gingrich continued to lambast Obama: "Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling."

When you analyze the President's comments, he was merely just trying to offer comforting words to Trayvon Martin's family and nothing more. Gingrich has fallen way behind the polls in his quest for the Republican nomination and is doing anything he can to get attention. For him to use this opportunity to do so is out of line.

Andy Reid Issues Statement About Rumors of a Rift With Front Office

Where there is smoke, there is fire as they say. This week a reporter for the L.A. Times stated that Andy Reid threatened to quit if he wasn't given more control over personnel decisions with the Eagles. There have been rumors for years that Reid has battled with Joe Banner and Howie Roseman over control within the organization. Rumor has it that he wanted to draft Jason Pierre Paul, but was overuled in favor of trading up for Brandon Graham, who is one of the Eagles' all-time biggest draft flops.

The report suggests that Reid wanted to go after Peyton Manning, but talks never got that serious. L.A. Times writer Sam Farmer cites that the series of moves the Eagles have made recently is proof that Reid has that control back.

Andy Reid issued the following statement on Friday, "I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here and that's never been an issue or a point of contention. "Our front office works very well together and that's one of our strengths."

Geraldo Rivera Says Trayvon Martin's Hoodie Got Him Shot

Geraldo Rivera made some controversial remarks about the shooting of Trayvon Martin this week when he opined that his hoodie got him killed last month.

Geraldo stated on Fox & Friends "When you see a black or Latino youngster, particularly on the street, you walk to the other side of the street. You try to avoid that confrontation. Trayvon Martin, you know God bless him, he was an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But I’ll bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way."

Geraldo Rivera's son fired back at his father for the comments and said he's "ashamed" of his father's comments.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida while returning home from a trip to a convenience store, when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman started following the teen. Zimmerman allegedly decided to shoot the teen when he felt threatened. 

So far Zimmerman has not been arrested for the shooting.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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Photo of Trayvon Martin from AP