tavis smiley*Tavis Smiley and most black folks (and even non-blacks) know President Obama has a hang up about talking about race.

Maybe a better way of saying it is that he walks a political tightrope when it come to race.

In any event, he bit the bullet on Friday and spoke out forcefully about the Trayvon MartinGeorge Zimmerman trial and Florida’s crazy Stand Your Ground Law.

At least most folks thought it was forceful and even though he didn’t speak out with hours of Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, he at least did do it and scored some key points. As expected, he caught flack from the right from conservatives like Sean Hannity who, not surprisingly, found a way to diss Obama’s “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” comment.

“Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Hannity said on his radio show. “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”

Since Hannity’s an Obama hater who represents the conservative point of view, so we expect him take the truth and bend it. That’s what he does.

On the other hand, Tavis Smiley’s an Obama hater, too. And via Twitter, he criticized the president for taking too long to address the verdict. Oh yeah, on top of that, he thought Obama’s comments were anything but forceful:

“Took POTUS almost a week to show up and express mild outrage. And still, it was as weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid.”

Needless to say, according to theGrio, The backlash was swift and intense:

“I’m sending you the transcript as you clearly missed the speech, brother,” wrote MSNBC contributor Angel Rye.

Others told Smiley it’s “time to move on” and mocked him for having his “panties in a bunch” because the president “hasn’t kissed the ring.”

Read/learn more at theGrio.