President Obama’s embattled “green jobs czar” packs it in:
Van 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 officers 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 wasn’t thrown under the bus, but taken away in a waahmbulance! The truth about his radical, communist, conspiracy theory ties was an open book, pointed out in print and online; but to him, it was a “smear campaign”. He was busted fair and square, thanks to talk radio personality Glenn Beck, who had the courage to stand up and question Jones’ agenda (and ask why in the world would Obama gave him an advisory post in the first place) with boldness.
Jones’ resignation is a victory for liberty; however, there are still 31 “czars” remaining on the government payroll — all with radical backgrounds — who can do irreparable harm to our nation, our lives and our freedoms. It remains wise to heed Beck’s advice, continue to stand up against tyranny, and question those in leadership who ultimately work for us, regardless of race, ideology, or political affiliation.
In short, fellow citizens, continue to watch, fight, and pray.