President Barack Obama Drops By “The Tonight Show”

Posted Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:05 AM GMT

He’s always up for a high-profile appearance, and last night (August 6) President Barack Obama paid a visit to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

During his interview, the Commander-in-Chief chatted about his views on the Trayvon Martin case in which defendant George Zimmerman was found not guilty.

Obama shared, "I think all of us were troubled by what happened, and any of us who are parents can imagine the heartache that those parents went through.”

“It doesn't mean that Trayvon was a perfect kid, none of us were...You're a teenager, especially a teenage boy, you're gonna mess up and you won't always have the best judgment. But what I think all of us agree to, is that we should have a criminal justice system that is fair, that's just, and what I wanted to try to explain was why this was a particularly sensitive topic for African-American families because a lot of people who have sons know the experience they had being followed or being viewed suspiciously."

"We all know that young African-American men disproportionately have involvement in criminal activities and violence, for a lot of reasons, a lot of them having to do with poverty, a lot of them having to do with disruptions in their neighborhoods and their communities, failing schools and all those things. And that's no excuse, but what we also believe in is that people, everybody, should be treated fairly and the system should work for everyone."

Watch the rest of the President's interview below!

















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