The fact that Van Jones resigned isn’t really surprising, but how he spun the fact that his own words were what brought him down is so pathetic that he should be an elected official instead of a czar:
“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”
He continued: “I have 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.”
It’s sad beyond belief when video and audio of ones own words are called a “smear campaign.” Mr. Jones, if you don’t want any “smear campaigns” against you in the future, stop creating them.
Many in the mainstream media, of course, agree with Jones. NBC reports that Jones resigned after “GOP attacks.” And by “GOP attacks” they mean “putting out information that news organizations like NBC were too much in Obama’s pocket to report on.”
If baseless “GOP attacks” are enough to get members of the Obama administration to resign, it’s going to be a long three-plus years for Obama.
Here’s Van Jones LAST YEAR (a “youthful indescretion” from waaay back in 2008) informing whoever could stomach to watch that “white polluters” are “steering pollution into minority communities”:
Damn that GOP smear campaign!
The painting has images of African-American and Latinos in the center, with a white cop shooting a Latino woman with her baby on one side, and a white guy in a suit on the other side with a sign that says “war on youth” holding an African American kid in chains.
Some humans are more deserving of human rights than others. And Jones is the one who’s the victim of partisan attacks and smear campaigns?
The larger question remains, and it should be directed toward Obama if some reporter has the balls to ask it (and they won’t): “Mr. Jones’ writings and recorded interviews are so accessible that anyone with Google could have found out about him, so was Jones not vetted whatsoever by your staff, or do you simply agree with what he’s said?”
The bad news is that there’s now a job opening for a “Green Jobs Czar.” Oh how will we survive without one for a few days? Somehow I feel like the world is a greener place without one — but if you think about it, the greenest job of all is one that doesn’t exist.
Update: Here’s a farewell song dedicated to the former Green Jobs Czar who is now just another unemployment statistic: