As President Barack Obama tours the country in a push for a criminal justice overhaul, he’s talking about his personal experience with the law.
Obama has worried publicly about the possibility of his daughters’ teenage rebellion. He’s mused about his own law-breaking ways as a teen. He’s told stories of being pulled over for speeding — and not always deserving the ticket.
It’s a shift in tone after decades of politicians worrying more about being labeled soft on crime than too hard on criminals. Previous presidents have talked tough on the topic and heaped praise on police. They’ve rarely woven in personal encounters.
Obama, speaking to police chiefs in Chicago last week, praised police for their work but also called for “serious and robust debate over fairness in law enforcement.”