WH on Monday: Trayvon case a 'local' matter

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President Obama personally addressed the Treyvon Miller shooting controversy this morning, but just four days earlier, the White House was taking a different position.

When reporters asked on Monday about the president's response to controversy, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded that the president was aware of the issue and reminded reporters that the local FBI office was monitoring the situation.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trayvon Martin’s family, but obviously we’re not going to wade into a local law enforcement matter," Carney said. "I would refer you to the Justice Department and to local law enforcement at this point."

Today, Obama addressed the case in detail, empathizing personally with the parents of the victim.

"If I had a son he would have looked like Treyvon," Obama said shortly, addressing the victim's parents. "I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that this deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

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