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Have you heard about Van Jones?

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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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:57 AM on Sep. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A vicious smear campaign using his own words and actions.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 10:00 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • Vicious smear campaign?? I never even heard about it on any regular news station. I only read about it online. Oh well. I am glad he is gone, though it would have been better if Obama had asked him to resign.
    micheledo

    Answer by micheledo at 10:01 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • Yes I heard it on the news.
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 10:02 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • Now he plays the victim. Not shocking.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • It wasn't "a vicious smear campaign against him." It was the truth in his own words, written and recorded, and too recent for him to recant them. Obama has thrown him under the bus, just like he always does if the heat gets too intense. Van Jones should have taken a careful look at the way Obama treated Reverend Wright, or even his own grandmother before he counted on Obama's support.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:07 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • 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??

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:13 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • The Obama administration's "green jobs" adviser apologized Wednesday for calling Republicans "a******s," saying the comments were made before he joined the administration and "were clearly inappropriate

    I wonder if this might have anything to do with it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • Or maybe this?


    Obama Adviser 'Has to Resign'

    Friday, September 4, 2009 12:21 PM

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    Dick Morris, speaking on FOX's "On the Record" on Sept. 3, said that Van Jones, President Barack Obama's "green jobs" adviser, must resign after he reportedly signed a petition calling for an investigation into whether 9/11 was an inside job.

    Morris was not dissuaded by Jones' subsequent denial that he believed there was an actual conspiracy.

    "An investigation as to whether it was an inside job or not? You have got to be kidding," Morris said. "And this guy is in the administration and they're not calling for him to quit? What does Obama use for vetters?"


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • 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??

    If he doesn't have Obama's support he cannot do the job he was hired to do--if indeed he was ever qualified to do it in the first place.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:25 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • Yeah, he sounds like a nut. I can't bear conspiracy theorists.

    21stCenturyMom

    Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 10:25 AM on Sep. 6, 2009

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