WASHINGTON – White House environmental adviser Van Jones, embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, resigned after what he called a "vicious smear campaign against me."
The resignation, announced early Sunday, came as President Barack Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.
Jones, who specialized in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
Obama did not endorse Jones' comments, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
"What Van Jones decided was that the agenda of this president was bigger than any one individual," said Gibbs. Jones "understood he was going to get in the way" and becoming a liability to the administration, the spokesman said on ABC's "This Week."
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Obama has thrown him under the bus, just like he always does if the heat gets too intense
How so? This man resigned..How is that being thrown under a bus??
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Yeah, he sounds like a nut. I can't bear conspiracy theorists.
Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 10:25 AM on Sep. 6, 2009