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Obama appeals for 'peace and calm' in Ferguson


EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of a St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

"I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened," Obama said in his first in-person remarks about the tense standoff in the Missouri suburb. "But let's remember that we're all part of one American family, we are united in common values and that includes the belief in equality under the law, respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protests."

Obama, speaking from the Massachusetts island where he's on a two-week vacation, said there was no excuse for excessive force by police in the aftermath of Saturday's shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He said he had asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate the incident.

The president said he had also spoken Thursday morning with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has faced criticism for not doing more to control the violence. Obama defended the Democratic governor calling him "a good man, a fine governor."

Police have defended their use of tear gas and smoke bombs to repel protesters, saying they took those actions to disperse a large crowd after some people threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at officers.

Obama: 'We All Need To Hold Ourselves To A High Standard'

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justworkinggirl August 14 2014 at 1:51 PM

Yes everyone, lets have peace and calm. After all, if Obama had a son, he would surely look like Michael Brown.

And stop criticizing the "protesters". It is not every day they have an excuse to help themselves to new TVs, new kicks, and new tires, while simultaneously performing their civic duty to protest.

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vector26436 August 14 2014 at 2:24 PM

Notice Mr. Obama didn't mention the looting and burning by criminals. He is the most divisive President America has ever had. He has used race baiting comments, on numerous occasions, to further his political aspirations and now he tries distance himself from the divide he himself has help to create.

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bikermomrt August 14 2014 at 2:36 PM

why do they have Obama & Holders opinion only on these black boys who are gunned down?? why not investigate the killings of the white jogger shot because some black boys were bored? how about the black guy who broke in and beat the white woman in front of her kids so he could steal from her? wheres the out cry from Obama and Holder on this?

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Daddy O August 14 2014 at 2:14 PM

Looting a liqueur store is not peaceful protest

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dawndee994 August 14 2014 at 2:21 PM

ya mr president what would happen if this same group were having their "peaceful protest on 1600 Pennsylvania ave night after night ??Bet your azz there would be military surrounding your little fence and you would be helicopted out of that hood so fast they'd think it was a missle.your hood gets upset if a baby crawls under the fence but it is ok for it to happen in someone elses town night after night.

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Ed dawndee994 August 14 2014 at 7:28 PM

In the meantime he's living like royalty over on Martha's Vineyard home of the greedy 1%er's.

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Frank Giuliano Ed August 14 2014 at 9:13 PM

He love's "hanging" with the rich white Libs. while the black brothers are stealing and looting in MO. Only in America.

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jst_mee Ed August 14 2014 at 10:55 PM

Nah, he doesn't hang with the 1%'s, The people he hangs with over there are everyday, normal, middle class people.

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Bob August 14 2014 at 2:37 PM

Protest is a right! Throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails, looting, attacks on police, arson...SHOOT TO KILL ON SIGHT!!!

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Diane Bob August 14 2014 at 5:16 PM

That is what Mayor Daley, Sr. did! When they (mostly black with some Hispanics) were rioting and looting, he came out publically and said that his police force was given the order to shoot looters on sight! END OF LOOTING!

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vinkbear Bob August 14 2014 at 6:43 PM

Yes, bob, because shooting a kid with a rock is going to calm the situation down, isn't it? I'm guessing you aren't in law enforcement, or know anyone who is, or you wouldn't make such a stupid comment.

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socraticknight August 14 2014 at 1:58 PM

as if the ignorants rioting even listen to this joke of a prez. just deploy a dozen anti-riot Active Denial Systems to the st.louis suburb. watch one in action on youtube. there are other types that direct intense sound waves and verbal messages in any language, even in in the lowlife language of ebonics.

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vinkbear socraticknight August 14 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tell us, socratic, does your hood block the view of the keyboard? Is it hard to type wearing that hot, uncomfortable white robe? Knight? Knight of the Klan, maybe.

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Sarah socraticknight August 14 2014 at 8:54 PM

Ah.......but they will hear somehow - good old Al along with "Big Lips" as he is called in GA......(that one can't tell when he spits in the wind or on himself with those lips, ya know) socraticknight!

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Xamnevets August 14 2014 at 2:28 PM

Just let Obams's children go on their shopping spree and leave them alone.

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renner1234 August 14 2014 at 2:19 PM

When this country allows outside people to come into a town like this roiting is what happens.

Any body who destrpoys buisness and property is nothing more then a thugg.

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redletter2008 August 14 2014 at 4:18 PM

Mr. Obama has been by far the most divisive and partisan President in generations. He only occasionally refers to Americans collectively as "family" and rarely says positive things about our nation and millions of its residents. So much for the post-partisan/post-racial platitudes he spewed in 2008. If the President is not going to be consistent, then he needs to stay out of these situations. Stick to the fundraising, vacationing, "re-setting" (ruining) relations with other nations, hyper partisan rants and blaming everyone under the sun except himself for the many, many problems we face.

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