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Departed Obama aide Van Jones advises young liberals: My 'rough exit' was worth every second

July 7, 2010 |  6:32 pm

Van Jones. Van Jones.

The name might ring a bell. Progressive Democrat. Barack Obama supporter. White House advisor on becoming green. For six months. Controversies including reports of signing a petition that 9/11 was actually a government conspiracy.

Of course, after his "rough exit" he landed nicely, as a senior fellow at John Podesta's liberal Center for American Progress.

Jones spoke today to more than 1,000 young liberals and offered laughter and some passionate advice (see C-SPAN video below). Among his tips:

If you were given the same opportunity I was to go and serve for six months, and it was 100% guaranteed that you’d have the same rough exit that I had, do it – it’s worth every minute.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Video courtesy of C-SPAN