Obama’s man on “green jobs” in a bit of a pickle
It’s never a good sign when you’re an adviser to the president and have to put out a statement of apology for yourself.
That’s the pickle that Obama’s “green jobs” adviser, Van Jones, has landed in. The White House promoter of clean energy finds his past not-so-clean language calling Republicans “a–holes” unearthed. (in all fairness he also calls himself by that word, and he made the remark a month before being appointed to the White House Council.)
If that’s not enough in the current politically tense environment (think healthcare), his signature on a 2004 petition that basically says the Bush administration “may have deliberately” allowed 9/11 to happen has come to light (he’s number 46, actor Ed Asner is number 2).
“If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize,” Van Jones says in a statement. “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”
Notice he doesn’t say he didn’t sign the “911 Truth Statement.”
Friday evenings before long holiday weekends are notorious for government announcements that the administration would prefer buried.
So there will be a lookout for anything on Van Jones. Some blogs are already asking when he’s going to resign.
UPDATE: Republican Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana says Jones should resign or be fired because “his extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate.”
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, asked earlier today whether Obama still has confidence in Jones, replied: “he continues to work in the administration” and referred reporters to Jones’ statement. (Our read: Not exactly a ringing endorsement.)
What do you think, are these offenses to resign by?
UPDATE 2: Van Jones resigned over the weekend.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Danish Ishmail (variety of pickles displayed in Srinagar, Kashmir)