Former President Barack Obama was responsible for making George Floyd’s family feel really comforted for the first time after the tragic death of the black security guard, who was asphyxiated by a white police officer in Minneapolis. According to The New York Times, Obama called George’s brother Philonise Floyd just before the ceremony in his honor in early June.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who took part in the call, reported on how Philonise felt when talking to Obama, the first black elected president of the United States.
“This was the first time, I believe, that Floyd’s family has really felt comforted since he died,” said Al Sharpton, who described the 25-minute call as “exciting”.
The reverend recalled that Obama made this type of call several times during the eight years he was in the presidency. According to Al Sharpton, the former president used to call to talk to grieving families.
“I want you to have hope. I want you to know that you are not alone. I want you to know that me and Michelle (Obama, former first lady) are going to do anything you want,” the former president told Philonise , according to the reverend’s report.
According to The New York Times, two more sources confirmed the link to the newspaper.
Floyd’s brother had previously reported that Obama’s former vice president and now presidential candidate, Joe Biden, had spoken to him. For Philonise, the connections of Biden and Obama contrasted with the conversation he had with current President Donald Trump.
Philonise said the link to Trump, made in late March, days after George’s death, was “quick” and that the American president did not give him a chance to speak, leaving him only to ask for justice.