By Daniel Strauss - 07/19/13 07:54 PM EDT
"I think the president took his time with his remarks, and it was about time they heard from him. I know a lot of people were expecting to hear from the president, and I'm glad he spoke up today."
Obama described his own experiences with racial profiling and described how he understood the outrage by some Americans concerning Zimmerman's acquittal.
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Martin, a 17-year-old Florida teenager. Obama's comments on Friday were the first ones in which he extensively addressed the ruling.
Zimmerman praised Obama for suggesting that the Justice Department work with state and local law enforcement to "reduce the mistrust" toward police in the black community.
"So I think that he made some good points about training law enforcement. He talked about a program that had worked," Zimmerman said.
"You know, I think the president was speaking off the cuff, and I think he was very sincere in his remarks," Zimmerman said.