On Monday, former White House advisor Van Jones appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” and slammed conservatives for unfairly attacking President Obama over his “you didn’t build” your business comments, saying the president’s remarks represented “the deepest form of patriotism.” Seriously.
But first, host Ed Schultz provided his own very special spin on Obama’s controversial statements. Predictably, Schultz bent himself into pretzels to defend the commander-in-chief.
“If you only watch Fox News, you might think the president was minimizing the hard work it takes to run a small business in America. But, in fact, President Obama was giving small business owners a lot of credit,” Schultz said. “He also pointed out that business folks need infrastructure and opportunity to succeed.”
He then played a clip from Obama’s speech that he gave at a campaign rally in Roanoke, Va., which Schultz said would put his comments into “context.” However, it was just a portion of the same clip that has been sending chills down the spines of Americans all over the country. This is what Obama told America’s innovators and business owners on Friday:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
“Little different, isn’t it?” asked Schultz after playing the clip.
No, Ed. It isn’t. With all due respect, President Obama is clearly insinuating that success in America is not possible without the government. That is something that many people, on both sides of the political spectrum, disagree with adamantly.
But Jones, being a big government progressive, couldn’t agree with his former boss more. And he actually thinks the “whole world” agrees too.
“This is the deepest form of patriotism,” Jones told Schultz. “Here you have the President of the United States saying something that is absolutely obvious to the whole world and everybody in this country: America’s government has been a partner to America’s business community, that is a part of the beauty of America. It is deep patriotism to point that out.”
He continued, “When he starts showing the most love and the most enthusiasm for the country, that’s when they go after him.”
Schultz even tried to argue the outrage over Obama’s controversial comments is being manufactured by the “desperate” right-wing and the Romney campaign in an attempt to “get rid of the Bain story,” referring to the Obama campaign’s provably false claims that Mitt Romney oversaw the outsourcing of jobs while he was in charge at Bain Capital.
Watch the segment via MSNBC here: