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09-06-09, 09:08 AM #1
Green Jobs Czar Resigns
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements, the White House said early Sunday.
Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
The resignation comes as Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.
Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones "continues to work in the administration."
The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones' name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officials had allowed the attacks to occur.
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in his resignation statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
Jones said he has been "inundated with calls from across the political spectrum urging me to stay and fight."
But he said he cannot in good conscience ask his colleagues to spend time and energy defending or explaining his past.
Jones flatly said in an earlier statement that he did not agree with the petition's stand on the 9/11 attacks and that "it certainly does not reflect my views, now or ever."
As for his other comments he made before joining Obama's team, Jones said, "If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize."
Despite his apologies, Republicans demanded Jones quit.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana said in a statement, "His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate." Missouri Sen. Christopher Bonds said Congress should investigate Jones's fitness the job.
FOX News' Glenn Beck repeatedly denounced Jones after a group the adviser co-founded, ColorofChange.org, led an advertising boycott against Beck's show to protest his claim that Obama is a racist.
James Rucker, the organization's executive director, has said Jones had nothing to do with ColorofChange.org now and didn't even know about the campaign before it started.
Jones, well-known in the environmental movement, was a civil-rights activist in California before shifting his attention to environmental and energy issues. He is known for laying out a broad vision of a green economy.
Nancy Sutley chair of the council, said in a statement released early Sunday that she accepts Jones resignation and thanked him for his service.
"Over the last six months, he had been a strong voice for creating jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources," she said. "We appreciate his hard work and wish him the best moving forward."
09-06-09, 12:35 PM #2
I'll be impressed when the thirty-something other "Czars" resign too.
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09-06-09, 12:37 PM #3
We can thank Glenn Beck for this. If not for his courage to stand up to Van Jones and the Obama administration, and report this, this racist, anti-everything prick would have still been a czar, with no limit to power and pushing his radical agenda. Kudos to Glenn Beck! If you've never seen his show, start watching now! Monday - Friday, on Fox News Channel, 5pm (est).
Now it's time to keep up the heat on the other radical appointees. One thing you can say, either Obama agrees with Van Jones' radical views, or the white house has one hell of a poor vetting process.
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09-06-09, 01:55 PM #5
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09-06-09, 07:11 PM #6
administration radical down, many more to go.
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09-06-09, 07:58 PM #7
Beck hit this hard, but...
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09-06-09, 10:56 PM #8
You have to admit, he was ALMOST right about the history of school shootings and the profile of the shooters - He should have added Asian males to the profile though.
I would feel better about it if he also commented on the racial breakdown of other violent crimes in the USA - if one very rare violent crime deserves a mention, then all of the violent crimes that occur hundreds of times per day certainly do.
By allowing him to resign gracefully, Obama gave the impression that he didn't necessarily disagree with him. If Obama disagreed with him, then he should have fired him outright, or at least explained whether the reason for the resignation was his outrage to the speech, or just a way of cutting political losses.
Because of the lack of a definite reason for the resignation from Obama himself, I would tend to subscribe to the theory that Van Jones was asked to resign to cut political losses. I might change my mind if Obama comes out and says why the idiot resigned.
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