Les McSpadden, the grandfather of slain teen Michael Brown, demanded that President Obama visit him in Ferguson, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton. President Obama hasn’t said whether or not he intends to visit Ferguson.
McSpadden said, “America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my president to step forward.” He added, “I want to say this to my President, I voted for you, so you ought to be able to meet with me.”
The Congressional Black Caucus has been largely silent on calls for President Obama to visit Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder will be visiting Ferguson on Wednesday.
Personally, I don’t think the president should make a trip. It would be a distraction. There is a federal investigation underway in addition to an investigation by local law enforcement, so he should let the system work.