That Obama waited a week before speaking also clearly points to what has likely been his (and his political aides') careful monitoring of polls, media frenzy and political responses from other politicians (looking at you, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE) to cynically craft a response to exact the greatest amount of political gain from the tragic death of Martin. A truly heartfelt response would have occurred in a more timely fashion, immediately or almost immediately after the "not guilty" verdict was announced.

Zimmerman was not found "innocent" but rather "not guilty." But the jury carefully examined and reviewed evidence as presented and determined there was not enough there to, beyond reasonable doubt, convict a man of second-degree murder. It happens every day in courtrooms across the country. The reasonable doubt standard is to protect innocent people from paying a steep price for crimes they did not commit. It is not to provide cover to allegedly "favorite" citizens whose actions meet or exceed the reasonable doubt standard.

The events that transpired between Zimmerman and Martin that led to the boy's death are indeed tragic. But the politics conducted over that Martin's corpse are even more disturbing, especially when the president of the United States is fully engaged in such morbid politics.