So weak that, according to Van Jones, the famous “beer summit” was forced on the leader of the free world.
When Sgt. Crowley arrived at the home he asked Professor Gates for ID. Gates reportedly responded “Why? Because I’m a black man in America.” Gates initially refused to produced an ID. Once he did, the police report indicates Crowley left the home. However, Professor Gates followed him outside and continued to “yell” at Sgt. Crowley. Crowley claims to have warned Gates in front of several neighborhood witnesses before arresting Gates for disorderly conduct.
After word of the arrest broke, the President weighed in during a press conference saying that while he didn’t have all the facts, “the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” The White House quickly tried to walk back the remark and eventually proposed a meeting on the White House grounds which came to be known as the “beer summit.” No reporters were present, but photos of the President, Vice President Biden, Prof. Gates, and Sgt. Crowley sharing a beer were widely circulated.
While neither side agreed to apologize to the other at the time of the beer summit, several months later Professor Gates appeared on the Oprah television show and told the host that he and Sgt. Crowley had developed a “really good relationship.” Crowley gave Gates the handcuffs used in the arrest and Gates said he planned to donate them to the Smithsonian. A report issued one year after the arrest placed blame on both Gates and Crowley for failing to de-escalate the situation.
But according to Van Jones, the beer summit was not a chance for both sides of the disagreement to take stock but a media event forced the President to “sit humbly” across from a “racist” police officer:
Van Jones: The right wing and the law enforcement establishment brought the wrath of God down on the White House, I was there, and suddenly he’s forced to do a beer summit to sit eye to eye with a racist police officer… as a black man, even the most powerful man in the world, can not speak about race and if he does he’s then forced to sit humbly across the table from a racist police officer.
The president had to convene the “beer summit” to repair the damage from his own ill-considered remark that the police officer “acted stupidly.” He inserted himself into the story, and had to clean up the mess. No one forced the president to speak stupidly. He has since that time spoken stupidly many times, all on his own. He’s very good at it. Just this week, he swapped the Maldives for the Falklands in a particularly stupid way that could lead to a war. Would Van Jones allege that someone forced him to do that?
It’s clear from this and just about every other public statement by Van Jones that the former Obama green jobs czar is an out and out racist. Communist and 9-11 Truther, too, but he’s clearly a racist. Obama hired him. It would provide some good TV for one reporter to just ask the president what it was about Jones’ background that qualified him, in Obama’s mind, to handle power and money within the president’s inner circle.