Van Jones Resigns, Blames “Vicious Smear Campaign”

How dare you people point out my own words and actions…..or signatures!

In a letter released just after midnight Saturday, Van Jones, President Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the Council on Environmental Quality resigned.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones wrote. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Jones said that he had “been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum – urging me to “stay and fight. But I came here to fight for others, not for myself.  I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past.  We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.”

A best-selling author who has been heralded as an innovative thinker in the “green jobs” movement, Jones had come under fire from conservative media and lawmakers for past statements for which he apologized Thursday.

The tipping point for the White House appeared to be Jones’ admission earlier this week that he had signed a petition in 2004 calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into “evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”

Now he’ll have more time to free Mumia.

Update:  The Dough Boy responds on This Week:

GEORGE: Does the president believe that he is the victim of a smear campaign or does the president think that Jones actions and words merit resignation?

GIBBS: “Well what Van Jones decided was that the agenda of this president was bigger than any one individual. The president thanks Van Jones for his service in the first eight months helping to coordinate renewable energy jobs and lay the foundation for our future economic problem…The president accepted his resignation, but Van Jones as he said in his statement he was going to get in the way of the President.”

GEORGE:  So the president doesn’t endorse in any way the things that Van Jones said before but the president doesn’t want him to go?

GIBBS: He doesn’t but he thanks him for his service.”

The wheels of the bus go thump thump thump.

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6 thoughts on “Van Jones Resigns, Blames “Vicious Smear Campaign”

  1. Notice that he resigned on a Saturday night so it’s impact might be lessened? Heads explodin’ in Minnesota and Michigan. Obama is going to make Jimmy Carter seem competent and professional. I miss Bush already! If the country and world would not be in such deep ***t and the implications for our and our children’s futures would not be so dire, I would actually enjoy watching the Barry administrations pratfalls. That’s what 8 years of Bush Derangement Syndrome can do to you.

  2. From “The Corner” – I love this

    “Imagine it’s September 2013 and President Palin is preparing to present her massive tax cut proposal to a joint session of congress. She’s momentarily distracted by an MSNBC report that her Second Amendment czar, Sig Sauer, has a peculiar history: He was once (and perhaps still is) a Bircher who argued for the repeal of the 14th Amendment. He’s also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows calling for the oppressive United States government to be transformed into a monarchy. Shortly before his appointment he was captured on YouTube calling Democrats “a**holes.” Another YouTube video shows him ranting about “black gun-control advocates” who confiscate guns from law-abiding white communities. Back in 2009 he signed a petition published in the New York Post calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama on the grounds that he wasn’t born in the United States. Sauer has even been arrested twice for participating in riots outside the U.N. and G-8 Summit.

    Imagine that during a press briefing, a reporter asks White House press secretary Chuck Krauthammer how a radical right-wing racialist with an arrest record like Sauer could’ve possibly been appointed to a prominent White House position. Didn’t President Palin know? Chuck dismisses the query, saying it’s old news since Sauer has issued an apology contending that none of the forgoing actions reflect his actual views.

    Imagine that the members of the press corps nod their heads collectively and move on to the more relevant issue of what President Palin will be wearing to the joint session.

    Imagine. It’s easy if you try.”

  3. Pingback: Aimee Mann sums up the MSM coverage of the Van Jones Affair « docweaselblog

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