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Obama's green jobs czar Van Jones quits under fire

Democrat president Barack Obama's appointee Van Jones

Van Jones, the onetime Marxist whose controversial statements about Republicans and 9/11 have made him a distracting lightning rod as Barack Obama's environmental jobs czar in recent days, resigned tonight.

Now, the Sunday morning political talk shows (guest listings here) will have something really hot to talk about.

On Wednesday, as The Ticket reported here, Jones was forced to apologize when a video surfaced of his February remarks in Berkeley, of all places, using a reference to a lower anatomical orifice to describe Republicans.

The next day Jones again had to apologize for having his signature on a petition to then N.Y. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer seeking an investigation into the 9/11 attacks as possibly an inside job planned by then-Pres. George W. Bush to soften opposition to a war in Iraq.

On another video here Jones was seen mocking Bush physically and rhetorically as "a crackhead" for his addiction to petroleum.

Jones was special adviser for green jobs to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. As such, Jones, who was arrested in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots, was supposed to....

...help reduce American dependence on foreign oil. But recently he had become the much-bashed target of conservative talk show hosts and readers leaving comments on countless blogs, including this one.

Additional criticism mounted when many major media outlets, especially TV, ignored the growing controversy.

With the healthcare and deficit debates certain to heat up now as Congress returns to Washington and with the president seeking to refocus political discussion this coming week with a controversial speech of his own to the nation's school children on Tuesday and an address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening, another bloody fight over an outspoken appointee was not in Obama's gameplan.

Especially one with such crudely-expressed views of the minority party that Obama wouldn't mind getting some support from.

Although Jones disavowed his previous remarks this week, on Friday with the president out of town at Camp David the White House said that he would remain a part of the administration.

However, the lack of the usual full-throated official endorsement -- "Mr. X has the president's fullest confidence and he looks forward to working with him in the years to come to improve life for American citizens" -- signaled to many that the controversial Jones' hours in this Democrat's White House were numbered.

Tonight, right around midnight, the bewitching hour when not by chance few media were paying attention, those hours ran out for Jones.

In his resignation statement, he said, "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide." Jones added he could not ask colleagues to expend time and energy defending or explaining his past.

Council chair Nancy Sutley did not argue with Jones' resignation, saying only he had been a strong voice for renewable energy jobs and wished him well in the future.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Who's next? We are coming for you. Don't believe for a second that the Americans will stand for what is happening in this country.

No Mr. Jones, it was not a smear campaign against you. All people did was to shine a light on your record. Way back in 1998, you attacked president Clinton and defended Al Qaeda. When the Clinton administration lunched a military attack against terrorist bases in Sudan and Afghanistan, you demonstrated in San Francisco and said that president Clinton was "using dead Third World bodies to cover up his own unzipped pants,” And after the September 11 attacks on the U.S. you signed a petition accusing the government of an inside job. You could have done what president Clinton did when heckled by truthers and he replied "How Dare You!" http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2009/09/video-reminder-heres-what-bj-clinton.html

Never UNDERESTIMATE the power of the people. Now, will he still "advise" Obama as TOm Daschle "advises" Obama on Health Care? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

As a black man, I am offended that the president picked a man such a Van whose beliefs are as disgusting as the Klan.

Whats wrong with referring to Republicans as a lower anatomical orifice?

Excellent news, not just for the mere pleasure of driving one filthy communist out of public life, but for the damage it does to the broader Obama agenda, as well as the bought and paid for left wing news media. Now the readers of the New York Times and the viewers of ABC will be scratching their heads, wondering why the first news they heard of this was the coup de grace at the end of the story.

Did we just lose another govt. worker because he use his freedom to express his feelings? Vetting this guys is a waste, let"s just get the best guy for the job and give him a pass if he made a few bonehead moves in the past.
We can not run our GOVT. with kicking out people because the way they think.... This is the GREAT USA, let's stop the BS and let everybody help this country back on it's feet... We all have flaws.

Nobody cares that he called Republicans names. We DO care that he's a racist and a very proud Communist. And a person who says "white polluters" intentionally poison people should not be in charge of anything, let alone anything having to do with the environment.

Hey, the man is right though. He's just getting punished for speaking the truth bluntly. Most of the Republicans do behave like "lower body orifices" and Obama is trying to take a higher road. But look at the thanks he's getting! His "lower body orifice" opponents perceive this as a sign of weakness.

This article starts with "Van Jones, the onetime Marxist..." When did Van Jones proclaim that he is no longer a Marxist?


Good riddance! Van Jones was on record as siding with the terrorists, blamed America the day after the attack on the towers, and condoned killing cops.

Van Jones is an America-hating cop-hating white-hating racist eco-terrorist. It's no wonder Obama appointed him. They are peas in a pod!

Glad he’s out! Problem is, Obama’s administration is full of them!

It's 1776 all over again!

Nice Work Glenn Beck. You've woken the people up to the power grab going on in this administration, and the people are now aware of people like Van Jones. Now time to go after the other marxists who want nothing more than to take away our freedom.

Jones' quitting still doesn't answer the questions relating to the Obama vetting process. Has Obama has proven to be the biggest liar (and coward) in this mess?

.... fyi - they checked it out and it turns out President Bush was not involved with the 9/11 attacks

high probability the 9/11 people were the same AQ daisy chain that attacked the U.S.S. Cole - you know what really irritated a lot of people was that the AQ fellow in the skiff saluted just before driving the skiff into the Cole

that was not nice at all, and I hate to break the bad news to our AQ friends, but that little SFB in the skiff didn't make it to paradise - and we know that for sure

have a nice day !

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I don't get the controversy. I have listened to the man's speeches. What's the big deal? As best I can tell there is only one problem , too. It doesn't matter what Obama does or says. It matters who he is. That's why white parents don't want him talking to their white children next week in our public schools.

Good riddance. I can't believe there's an iota of sympathy for Mr. Jones from the press after the things he's said. I am so sick and tired of seeing race arise in every conversation. The Obama administration has had so many opportunities to defeat racism in America, but they seem only to feed it. Let's hope this is one step towards a more accountable, transparent government -- but I'm not optimistic anymore.

good bye racist Van Jones, you are the lower anatomical orifice

BooHoo

You made it DC on the backs of a lot people and now you resign in disgrace! You were a liar from the begining and pimped many people and organizations to advance your ego. The people who REALLY care about the environment and community are still in the trenches fighting the waves of violence that flood our cities. This was not smear campain, the truth came out by people who did their homework on you. Call them what you want, but at least they were not guilty hippies in love with a black guy who talked their talk. All I can say is WOW!

Liberal 101, blame others for your past statements. Mr. Jones, it was your bed that you made, take some personal responsibility.

One down - 32 to go. So long Czar Jones, now you can go back to organizing, and spreading all the conspiracy theories you can come up with.

Is Obama paying for all of these unvetted, hard Socialist, handlers & "CZARS" ?

Are Liberals now so far left that they are accepting Obama's attempt to turn the U.S.A into a Russian equivalent?

You are wrong Mr. Malcom, Van Jones was NOT a onetime Marxist! He is a self avowed COMMUNIST! These are words out of his mouth. He has never changed his position on this, and he has never denied or apologized for it. Don't try to put lipstick on a PIG!

Heh,Heh. That was quick.

Remember when Dick Cheney said F You to Patrick Leahy on the floor ofthe Senate? Different standards for Rep and Dems

Van Jones should never have been appointed to begin with!

Rev. Wright, Professor Gates, Van Jones...how many more of these racist creeps are gonna show up as associates, friends and appointees of Obama's?? Does the "post-racial" President really have this many racist friends? WHY is he associated with so many racists?

Why did the media mostly ignore this "Czar"? Is Fox New Channel the only media outlet who covered this from the beginning?

Are there Any Republican who don't hate America?

One down 27 to go!

I know Van Jones personally. He is a hero, working for the well-being of ALL people.

Don't believe the smear machine.

This is a sad day and a loss for the country.

One must really check the closet before you invite the bright light of day in there... It would have saved everyone a lot of grief.

"onetime Marxist", Van Jones never has denied still being a Marxist. Lets just say it like it is... He is a full time Marxist just like a long list of Obama's closest friends. Obama has pushed it too far and the American people are finally starting to wake up. It was pretty scary for a while. Through the law of unintended consequences, the change/revolution Obama was going for will probably swing dramatically to the other extreme. Interesting time are ahead.

Van Jones, you exercised your free speech rights and did what was necessary. Unfortunately many of our fellow American citizens have a tough time dealing with the harsh realities of our government's behavior over the past several decades. They would rather be fed bullsh*t about our country's greatness than deal with different ideas. A little bit more of the spirit of the First Amendment died today.

Well, it's true.

"Additional criticism mounted when many major media outlets, especially TV, ignored the growing controversy." It is scary that we are developing a State Media. Only Fox News and particularly Glenn Beck pursued the story and backed everything up with video clips. It certainly does discredit ABC, NBC, & CBS news.

(Actually, the story was here on The Ticket back then and again tonight.)

alinosof, you forget, quoting the words of a left-wing radical IS an unfair smear campaign. You are not allowed to point out what they say, or else you are just a bigot, a hater, and a divider.

I want to thank you for providing links to Mr Jone's statements and being BRUTALLY HONEST in your article. This is just one of the radicals that have gotten access to the White House there are 3 more who have extreme radical views such as Ezekiel Emmanuel-advocate of health care rationing that favors those aged 15 – 44 who are regarded as having the best chance to “live a complete life" as well as, John Holdren-who believes our constitution somehow allows for the possibility of forced abortions and sterilizations and finally Cass Sunstein-a big fan of the “quality-adjusted life years” (QALY score) as a basis for health care rationing.

When taken together these "intellectuals" have fallen off the deep end of thought. They are so far removed from humanity as to peddle in the worst science fiction/horror movie ideas. I blame the oldstream media for hiding all of the these radicals from the American public. There is no doubt that Hillary would have won the Democratic nomination if the oldstream media did not have a leftist dog in the hunt. When Americans learn of these CRAZIES they will call for all of them to resign their positions. I call on Congress to do their due diligence and call these "czars" before the House to get to their views and their intentions within their positions.

With Jones gone now we need to take a look at the rest of these "Czars" how the hell did Hussain Obama pick them?????????

Wonder why Democrats are ALWAYS held to higher standards than ReTHUGliCANTS... shouldn't Sen. Inohofe resign over his constant incendiary remarks .... or that lunatic Michelle Bachman? Didn't hear much whining over Bush's Education Secretary calling Teacher's Unions "terrorists"... BUT hey when CONservatives do it -- it's OK! And an uppity BLACK man calling Rethugs "a**holes" -- and having the audacity to question the "official" version of 9/11 ... thats' unacceptable! We live in such an asinine country!

Mr. Jones was right about everything he stated in his previous speeches on a range of topics concerning the Bush Crime Syndicate. Everyone but the most rabib neo-fasist of our country knows that the crimes committed in our name under the republican and neo-christian thug banner has brought this country to the brink of disaster.
It may feel good for some to seek to rewrite history and attack every opportunity to smear our President, yet when the moral might of the universe is in play, your hands are to small to box with God and his power of reform.
I am thankful for Mr. Jones and his service to our President.
I have utter confidence that our President will prevail in this dark moments before the coming of light and transformation.
Godspeed Mr. Jones

President obama has just appointed Louis Farrakhan to be the "new" green jobs czar.

Obama has poor judgment repeatedly on personel choices.

He again predictably acts extemely political, not as a leader, with a saturday midnight announcement.

"Smear campaign" hehe. It's all on video sir. So now smear = showing/discussing anything I did before today. Thank you Fox and Glenn Beck. The lap dog media apparently felt having marxists advising the president was a fine idea. These people know the vast majority of Americans do not want marxists in the government, yet decide "we know better. let's hush this up." There's an especially warm spot in hell reserved for you elitists. Now, on to Mark Lloyd, Carol Browning, and anyone else with socialist ties.

All you non-rich people complaining about Marxists should look up the Wikipedia article on False Consciousness. You will keep being exploited by rich Republicans who will be laughing all the way to the bank.

It's a sad commentary on what's happened to the environmental movement that a self-defined commie like Jones can be characterized by the press as an "environmental expert" and nobody finds that odd.

Sayonora Van Nutball.

God I hate how media works sometimes! They take information and twist it to grow a certain view from the public to support their opinions. This "who is van jones?" clip is a very good example. Dont be one of the thousands of gullible Americans, information bias Americans.
Do not condemn Van Jones to the vile radical that GOP owned/influenced news stations make him out to be. Do research before you make your bloody conclusions! -Same with Health care reform.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
-Aristotle

I was sorry to see Mr. Jones go. I was looking forward to seeing his face on TV every day when Cap & Trade comes back around. He could have been the gift that keeps on giving. Oh, well, there will be others.

Glenn Beck should have a field day now! Damnit, I kinda liked this guy. Now we get to hear Glenn boast about his show and how he helped get this guy out. Good grief.

Jones drops an A-bomb on the Repubs and he's gone. Cheyney dropped an F-bomb on the Dems on the floor of Congress and he lived to torture, and defends torture to this day all over the legacy media.

Cheney should make his case from the docket in the Hague. He could then write his memoir from prison and forfeit any proceeds from the book toward restitution for Iraqis, veterans' care, and survivors as would happen with any other serial killer.

His specious arguments about torture saving lives are thoroughly dismantled by Jeremy Scahill here: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/09/01-1

 
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