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.